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Well Monitoring and Maintenance
A well user's greatest fear is that a pump or well will fail during a hot July or August day. We have found that the best way for our clients to avoid or minimize well problems is to develop and implement a routine monitoring program. The program should include, at a minimum, monitoring well yield, total volume pumped, and water levels. We can review the collected data periodically and advise you on how the well and pump are performing. We believe in being proactive and replacing pumping systems that show wear before they fail. This is important because it can take several months to replace specially designed pumps.
The symptoms of major well problems are air production (pump surging), decline in well yield (or no yield), sand production, or motor power abnormalities. Solving the problem requires careful diagnosis. The cause could be one or more of the following: regionally declining water levels, plugging well screens by chemical precipitants or bacterial masses, electrical surge that shorts the motor, or holes in the casing. Once the cause has been identified, the solution needs to consider the age, design and condition of the well, the static and pumping water levels, and the water chemistry. The solution may range from chemical and mechanical cleaning of the well, setting the pump deeper, installing a higher lift pump, patching holes in the casing or replacing the well.