Q: Should I be concerned if my well tests positive for bacteria? A: Not all bacteria are harmful. However, you should look into the types and sources of bacteria in your well. Even if your well tests positive for a bacteria that may not directly be harmful, it may indicate a more serious problem or possible contamination within your well. We recommend having your water tested annually.
Q: How often should I disinfect my well? A: Obviously, anytime your water has tested positive for harmful bacteria or you show signs of discolored, bad tasting, or neighborhood concerns, you should disinfect your well. You will also need to disinfect your well each time your pump is worked on, or when your equipment is replaced. Anytime your water well is subject to rising waters or weather damage, you may want to consider disinfecting your water. While it is possible to disinfect your own well, it is not easy. It is best to leave all well work to the professionals.
Q: Why is my water discolored or have an odd smell? A: Iron is a natural mineral found in some groundwater and is harmless to ingest. However, it is undesirable when providing water to your home. In some cases, you can flush out this color and smell by letting your faucets run until your water returns normal. If the problem persists, there may be a more serious problem that filtration could solve and you will need to contact the professionals.
Q: How deep will my well be? A: It is impossible to determine the depth of a well before work begins. Many contractors will quote a price based on your area’s average well depth to give you a better idea of the cost.
Q: How do I know there is water on my property? A: Fortunately, water is readily available in South Carolina. Your well needs to be placed away from contamination sources such as flood areas and septic tanks. State regulations require your well location be at least 75 feet away from your septic tanks and sewer lines, if possible.
Q: What if my well goes dry? A: Very rarely does a drilled well go dry. Most of your surface wells (bored and hand dug) get water that has permeated down through the surface structure. These types of wells are susceptible to drought conditions. However, a drilled well, like the wells we drill, are not directly affected by weather because it retrieves water from an aquifer located in rock below the surface.