Depending on the tools you have available and your level of expertise when it comes to drilling, you might be considering the option of drilling your own residential water well. Doing so can be a great way to save money when compared to hiring a professional. However, while drilling a well may seem straightforward enough, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Read on to explore the biggest mistakes you’ll want to avoid while drilling your own residential water well.
Skipping the Well Cap
Some people looking to install a well on a budget may choose to bypass buying and installing a well cap. However, not only does this allow bacteria and other unwanted debris to enter the water supply, but it can pose a serious risk to local children and animals as well. Always install a snug-fitting well cap and replace it as needed over time. Otherwise, you could find yourself on the wrong end of a liability lawsuit down the road.
Burying the Water Head Underground
Okay, so a well water head certainly isn’t the nicest addition to your landscaping. In fact, they can be a bit of an eyesore. However, you’ll want to avoid the mistake of burying your water head underground in an effort to conceal it because doing so puts your water supply at a greater risk of contamination. When a water head is underground, it can easily be infiltrated by fertilizers, pesticides, road salt, and other things you just don’t want in your water supply.
To conceal your water head above ground, consider planting some shrubs or plants around the head. Just be sure that the roots won’t interfere with or damage the head as the plants grow.
Choosing the Wrong Size Pump
Another important mistake to avoid when installing a residential well at your home is selecting the wrong pump size. This can be difficult because a pump that’s too large will draw too much water from the aquifer, causing an increase in sand in the well. Over time, this sand can build up and make it increasingly difficult for the pump to draw the water it needs.
On the other hand, a pump that’s too small won’t have the power needed to draw enough water for your household. This is why it’s a good idea to consult with professionals, such as those from Schneider Water Services, when it comes to choosing a pump for your residential water well.