Well Design And Installation Aspects That Affect Care And Maintenance

by Grace Motley

Keeping your water well safe, operational, and reliable is critical if you depend on it for a source of water. Your well installation and design can affect factors such as how reliable your well is and what you need to do to take care of it. Here are some aspects of your well's design and installation that can affect what care and maintenance you need to perform later on.

1. Type of Well Pump

The first thing about your well design that can affect its maintenance and repair needs is the type of well pump you use. Quite a few varieties of well pump are available, and more complex ones are typically more likely to require higher levels of maintenance. Two lower-maintenance types you can choose include submersible pumps and single drop jet pumps.

2. Type of Pressure Tank

Different types of pressure tanks can provide different usable lifespans. For instance, if you choose to install your water well with a cheaper pressure tank that has plastic instead of metal connectors or one that has a lower-quality air bladder, you'll likely have to replace the tank more often.

This lower tank lifespan also means you'll need to check the tank's condition more frequently. In addition, the material you choose for the tank can play a role. A steel tank is susceptible to corrosion, for instance. So you'll need to have it checked over for rust on a regular basis, whereas if you choose a fiberglass tank, that maintenance step would be unnecessary.

3. Filtration Screens

Any time you're planning water well installations, you have to take into account any foibles with other water wells in the area. For instance, if your neighbors' wells all tend to draw in sediment, you may want to have your well installed with a filter that can remove this sediment before it gets into your drinking water. 

Some types of filtration that can perform this function include centrifugal sand separators and screen filters. Because each of these collects sand and sediment, they typically need regular maintenance to remove the built-up sand that they've removed from your water.

As you can see, differences in the design of your well and which features and components you choose to install can affect your well's maintenance and care needs. Contact your local water well installation contractors today. They can tell you more about well maintenance needs and help you to choose well design features that will provide a low-maintenance well for years to come.