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5 Tips for Keeping Your Well From Running Dry

If you have recently purchased a home with a well on the property or had one recently drilled, you’re ready for life beyond being bound by local utility companies. You’re prepared to have better-tasting drinking water and the opportunity to leave a more environmentally friendly footprint on your personal piece of the planet. However, private well owners may also be understandably concerned about the prospect of their water supply running dry. After all, those with a private water source can’t exactly pick up the phone and call their municipality’s public works department and request assistance if their water system malfunctions.

Homeowners may have valid concerns about their water supply, but there are ways for them to ensure the worst-case scenario doesn’t happen. Here’s what people need to know about keeping their well from running dry — and when you need to call in the residential well service experts.

Basic Water-Saving Strategies

You and your family may already be trying to conserve water in your home, such as taking shorter showers and turning off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth. If this is the case, you’re off to a great start. Following our other well water conservation strategies will help you maintain a good water level. Place a small bucket to catch water in your shower for cleaning, cooking, and other household tasks.

Recycle Household Water

Wash fruits and vegetables in a small basin near the sink, and use the leftover water to hydrate your houseplants. Placing a small bucket in the shower to catch excess water and use it for cleaning, cooking, or filling other household water usage needs. Teach your children about the importance of well water conservation and get them started making a positive environmental impact while they’re young. 

Check Your Water Pump Regularly

When water pumps don’t function as they should, they can cause your well water supply to run dry, sharp increases to your utility bills, and the quality of your household water to decline significantly. Having your pump and well inspected annually — or whenever you notice something out of the ordinary — helps circumvent potential problems and keeps the water flowing. You should also get your well water regularly tested for possible contaminants or if it starts to taste strange or changes color.

Consider Water Storage Options

Depending on the amount of liquid in your water table, a storage tank may be a good idea to ensure that there’s enough supply for your household needs no matter what time of year it is. For instance, if you live in a region that receives substantial snowfall, the water table will rise significantly during spring when the snow melts. This may be a good time to fill up an external water tank to make up for shortages in your local water supply later in the season.

Practice Household Plumbing Maintenance

Well water conservation highly depends on keeping household plumbing in top form. This means homeowners being particularly mindful of leaks in pipes and plumbing fixtures such as toilets and sinks. Even a small leak in your system can result in gallons of water loss over a relatively short period.

Contact Paramount Well Service for More Information

Paramount Well Service has provided residents of New Jersey, New York City, and eastern Pennsylvania with pump service, chlorination, inspection, and other residential services in the Tri-State area for more than 30 years. Give us a call today to find out why our pump installers and other technicians consistently earn 5-star reviews from happy customers. For your convenience, you can also reach out through our online portal anytime.