Whether you've recently purchased a property with an old, unused well or have discovered such a well on land you've owned for years, you may be wondering whether it's worthwhile (or even possible) to put this well back into service. Fortunately, in many cases, revitalizing an old well is relatively simple and can provide you with a backup or even primary source of fresh, clean water. Read on to learn more about the steps you'll need to take to determine whether it's viable to return your well to service and what you'll need to do to get started.
How can you tell whether it's possible to begin using your well again?
If your well has been allowed to deteriorate significantly, it's likely that the expense of getting it back into serviceable condition will far outweigh its use unless you're determined to have a well on your property. This is especially true if your land has livestock or is adjacent to a farm, as runoff from animal waste and fertilizer can often use an abandoned well as a conduit straight into the aquifer below, potentially contaminating the surrounding groundwater.
Before making a decision about what to do with your well, you should have it professionally inspected by a plumber or well contractor to see whether bringing it back to life is viable or it should be permanently sealed to prevent any accidents or groundwater pollution. Either way, it's likely you'll need to take some action rather than letting your well remain in limbo for any longer.
What should you do to put your well back into service?
If an inspector has determined that your well is able to begin providing your home with clean water again, your next step is to test your water for bacteria and other contaminants. The results of this water testing will dictate your next steps, whether pouring a few cups of bleach into your well to kill pathogens to submerging a well pump and large flexible hose to pump out any debris or waste that may have fallen into the well while it was unused.
In most cases, wells that haven't been extensively contaminated by nearby food or livestock farms or industrial pollution will require only some minor water treatment in order to create potable water. You may find this to be a trial and error process that requires more frequent water testing than well-established wells, but it shouldn't be too difficult or expensive. Contact a company like Golden Gate Well Drilling & Water Conditioning for more information.
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