Healthy drinking water is necessary to maintaining good health. Well water can be a very clean, safe source of excellent water, but like any other system or appliance you use in your home, these, too, require maintenance periodically. Part of this maintenance requires making sure you have a well screen, and in the event you do, cleaning the existing screen is the next step. They can become encrusted over time, clogged with debris that they have saved from entering your drinking water. In this country we are completely accustomed to having clean drinking water, yet in many countries around the world, this is not the case. There are many things that we can take for granted, but when dealing with well water, it is incumbent upon those that own the well to keep it clean and safe.
Near the top of any well, there is the potential for bacteria to develop over time, as bacteria needs oxygen to grow, and there is no shortage of that near the top of the well. Bacteria can cause clogging with the production of large amounts of slime, which in turn entraps minerals. Those minerals should be getting into your drinking water, and not being slowed down by slime. There is also debris from the upper part of the well that, if given the opportunity, will accumulate at the bottom of the well. For this reason alone, a well screen is terribly important. A well screen will serve to capture materials that you don’t want making their way into your water supply, and also settling at the bottom of your well providing just about an endless supply of contaminants.
With half of the world’s hospital beds filled with people suffering from water-borne illnesses and disease, the importance of keeping our water supplies safe cannot be overstated. Even after your screen is installed, it is important to maintain it. Screens can become clogged over time, which will reduce the flow of water into the well, causing the pump to work harder, which will likely lead to different maintenance issues. There are several methods for cleaning a well including pressurized air and water, as well as a host of well disinfection products.
Without knowing exactly how many impurities exist, the importance of having a screen is in place, and also capable of getting the job done for the type of well in which it has been installed, is of the utmost importance. Shutter types of screens are often used, but there are also others that require a different manufacturing process, which all comes down to what kind of well you have. There are numerous professionals that can help with this process. In the end, however, screens are necessary to keep numerous items out of your drinking water, and if you did not know they existed, it might be a good time to have your well inspected. In addition, an annual routine maintenance schedule should be implemented. Both of these steps taken together will keep you and your family drinking clean, healthy water for years to come.