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How Often Should Your Well Be Serviced?

A well is one of those things that we rarely think about until it stops working. Once it stops working, we ask ourselves, “could I have done something to prevent this?”. The answer could be, “yes.” All you need to do is keep your well in good condition through regular service. How often should you service your well? Keep reading to find out. 

How often should you well be serviced?


The National Ground Water Association suggests that wells be checked and tested at least once a year. They should be checked for signs of mechanical problems, cleanliness, and the presence of harmful contaminants. However, they also recommend checking your well more than once a year if there are recurring gastrointestinal illnesses among people in your household or if there has been a change in the appearance, taste, or odor of your well water.

Scheduling a Water Well Service

Routine well water inspections ensure that your well is operating properly, extends its lifespan, protects your investment, and helps you avoid illness. You can easily schedule a well water inspection with your local Maryland plumber. When a plumber arrives at your residence, they will complete the following:

  • A flow test
  • An inspection of the well equipment
  • Test the water for harmful contaminants 
  • Write a clear, concise report on their findings

Helpful Tips 

There are a few things you can do to ensure that your well remains in good condition. First, keep hazardous materials such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil away from your well. If you are mixing chemicals, never put the hose inside the mixing container. This can siphon chemicals into your home’s water system. Finally, once your well has reached the end of its lifespan, usually around 20 years, have a certified well driller decommission it and construct a new well.

Available Resources

There are various resources available for homeowners with wells. The National Ground Water Association provides information to help you schedule a well water check-up. You can find it here. The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides state-specific well water information. Lastly, you can find state-certified drinking water laboratories by clicking here

Need to Service Your Well? 

Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating is here to service your well. With over 20 years of experience, Michael Runk has earned a reputation as a dependable well water inspector. Don’t leave anything to chance — contact us today to schedule your water well inspection. 


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