Wells can be an excellent option for providing your home with water. However, you may have limited experience with these systems. As a result, you may be under the assumption that some of the more common myths about water wells are true. In particular, individuals may give credit to common misconceptions about testing the water coming from their wells.
Myth: You Only Need To Test The Water If The Water Makes You Sick
Drinking contaminated water can quickly result in serious illness. While it is imperative to have your water tested if these illnesses develop, you should also test the water on a regular basis. Often, water quality problems will develop relatively gradually. By testing the water at least two times a year, you may be better able to catch these issues before they become severe enough to result in illnesses.
Myth: Water Well Testing Is Extremely Inconvenient
While testing the water from the well is one of the most important tasks that you can do, it can be easy to delay this task due to fears of it being disruptive. This can be especially true for those that have busy schedules as they may be concerned about needing to stay home and wait for the contractor to arrive to test the water. Luckily, it is possible for these professionals to perform this work when you are not home as they will be drawing their test samples directly from the well. Furthermore, you can use home-based kits to quickly test the water to determine its quality. However, these kits often have a more limited range of substances that they can measure compared to professional testings, which means that you should still have your water professionally tested if you are using these home-based kits.
Myth: There Are No Steps Homeowners Can Take To Reduce The Risk Of Contaminating The Water Source
Water well contamination can be one of the more serious problems that your home may experience. However, it can be common for individuals to assume that there is nothing that they can do to help protect their water source against this threat. Often, this belief stems from the notion that the water is too deep in the ground for the homeowner to protect.
However, it can be common for contaminations to result from actions of the homeowner. For example, disposing of oil by pouring it on the ground or failing to properly maintain the septic system can eventually result in this problem as these substances will gradually seep into the water source. By always disposing of chemical products in an environmentally sound manner and maintaining your home's septic system, you can greatly reduce the risk of your water becoming contaminated.