Recently, rain has been quite abundant, especially for those of us living in California – near the Central Coast and Bay Area. And, with so much water, flooding has became inevitable. For those of you that experienced flooding near your water well, please read the following article from www.wellowner.org. They provide some great tips that any well owner should consider –
After a flood, the owners of household wells should take certain precautions to make sure their water is safe and their well is in good operating condition. An obvious concern is that flood water loaded with bacteria, chemicals or other pollutants may have gotten into the well. A less obvious concern is electrical shock if a non-submersible pump or any part of the well electrical system is flooded.
After a flood one should:
- Stay away from the well pump while it is flooded to avoid electrical shock
- Do not drink the water from the well or use it for washing to avoid becoming sick
- Get help from a qualified water well contractor or pump installer to:
- Clean and turn on the pump
- Flush the well
- Disinfect the well
- Perform any other necessary maintenance.
Water wells are specialized systems that require knowledge and expertise to repair and disinfect. If your well has been flooded, use bottled water or boil your water until a qualified water well system contractor can check out your well system. Well owners also can benefit from reading the well maintenance and water quality sections of www.wellowner.org.
Be safe out there,
I home recently flooded as did the water well that we have on our property and since then, the water has been coming out very dark and dirty looking. I didn’t know that it was so important not to avoid the pump as to not get shocked and to avoid drinking the water. I think that it would be a good idea to call a water well contractor like you mentioned and make sure that they are experienced in working with flooded wells so that they can do the job right.
I can see why you would want to avoid the area if your water well pump happens to flood. My wife and I have always wanted to have a water well installed in our property. I definitely think that we should find a water well installed with a reliable pump that could stay in proper condition.
Thanks for these tips on water well flooding. I appreciate that you mentioned to get help from a qualified water well contractor for any kind of maintenance needs. After all, it makes sense that you want a professional to work on your well; it ensures that a professional with the right knowledge will work on it and know exactly what needs to be done. It seems like a great way to fix any problems, as well as prevent them.
It’s good to learn about well maintenance. We actually just had a flood in our neighborhood, and my neighbor is worrying about his well. I’ll tell him that it’s best to just hire a pro to come and flush and disinfect the well for him.
Thanks for your comment about how you should back away from your pump if it starts to flow so you don’t get shocked by the electricity. I like how you said that you should have your water checked to make sure it’s safe on a regular basis. My husband and I are considering having our water well pump re-installed to make sure that it stays safe, and we are looking into contractors.
I like that you mention getting a qualified professional. My brother is looking to hire drilling contractors but wants tips. I’ll be sure to talk to him about hiring a qualified professional.
Thanks for all the help in regards to stopping your well from flooding. I like that you took the time to mention how you should keep a fair distance away from the well when it is flooded, especially when there are electronics attached to the well. My fiance and I are thinking about moving out into a pretty rural area and investing in a well for our property. Thank you again for helping us know what to do in case of an emergency!
I really like what you said here about well flooding and what to do if you ever find yourself in this position. One thing that really stuck out to me was that you should stay away from the well pump because it could potentially shock you if you touch it. since moving to a more rural part of town, my wife and I would love to install a well in our backyard, but we want to make sure that we know how to take care of it first. Thanks again!
My brother has been talking about looking into drilling for a water well for a project he wants to start soon. When he was telling me about this, I could tell that his excitement might have been keeping him from doing all the things that he needs to do. I will be sure to remind him that he needs to talk to a contractor to make sure that things are disinfected and running well.
It’s great that you elaborated on how water wells are specialized systems that require knowledge and expertise to work on. My neighbor is looking to get his well pumps worked on and cleaned. I’ll be sure to talk to him about hiring a professional who has the knowledge and expertise for the job.
I am glad you mentioned to stay away from leaking well just in the case of electric shock. I feel that is better we should take good safety seriously. Thank you for the information on reflooding.
My husband and I moved onto some ranch property, and we’re considering drilling a well. Your article had some great advice for what to do if your well floods, and I liked how you said to contact a qualified well contractor if this happens so they can turn on the pump and flush the well. Thanks for the help; if we get a well and it floods, we will know what to do!
I can agree with you when you said that the person should make sure that the water well is unaffected after the flooring since flood water is filled with bacteria. Is there a possible way wherein the well will not be reached by the flood even if it does flood? This is important because the place where I live in is a catch basin when it rains.
I appreciate it when you pointed out that I can get electric shocked if I approach the water well if it is flooded and I can get sick if I drink the water. If so, then flooding is one of the things that I will have to ask the water well contractor to pay attention to. Safety and health are my main priority after all, and both might be compromised when the property gets flooded like how it usually does when there is a storm.
There has been a lot of rain here lately, so I am worried about my water well overflowing. I like your point about getting a contractor to help you flush the well. I’ll be sure to do this so I can ensure it’s properly disinfected afterward.
I think you are right about flushing the well after a flood. That way you don’t have any contaminates. I’ll have to make sure we have a good well pump for cleaning.