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Old 05-29-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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I have a simple question. I have my own well. Do I really need to invite a specialist to do my water system maintenance, or I can do it myself?

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Old 05-29-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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Depends on what you mean by maintenance.
Unless it's broke there should be no "maintenance".
Anything above ground you may or may not be able to do depends on how handy you are.

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Depends on what you mean by maintenance.
Unless it's broke there should be no "maintenance".
Anything above ground you may or may not be able to do depends on how handy you are.
Thank you for your answer. I asked the question because the people who replaced our well pump and pressure tank insisted that I should invite them every year for maintenance. But I am not sure what that maintenance should include. Can you maybe tell me that or give me a reference?

I am not speaking about fixing what is already broken.
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About the only maintance would be adding salt to the water softner or changing a filter if you have one and that's all DIY 101.
There only gong to make money if there on your property looking around for leaks, And you can do that.
I can see somethings like the HVAC or gas appliances needing service, having some one come for a water system is a new one on me.
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Thank you very much. That was my guess, too.
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Joe is correct as usual. They are trying to sell you a maintenance contract.

You know, like the ones they try to sell you when you buy an appliance, a cell phone or a camera?

The ones that should you have a problem you call the 1-800 number and nobody ever answers, or you get put on hold till the turn of the century, then you hear the nice young lady tell you that they are sorry, but that one specific thing that went wrong with your particular model is not covered under warranty, but we now have a new, improved model that we will be glad to sell you for $8,500.00, how many would you like, sir?
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Joe is correct as usual. They are trying to sell you a maintenance contract.

You know, like the ones they try to sell you when you buy an appliance, a cell phone or a camera?

The ones that should you have a problem you call the 1-800 number and nobody ever answers, or you get put on hold till the turn of the century, then you hear the nice young lady tell you that they are sorry, but that one specific thing that went wrong with your particular model is not covered under warranty, but we now have a new, improved model that we will be glad to sell you for $8,500.00, how many would you like, sir?
I see. May I ask if this works this way in other areas, too? E.g. some time ago I had Basement Systems install for me a drainage system which included perforated pipes around my basement perimeter and two sump pumps. They demanded yearly maintenance, too. I wonder if there is anything besides removing sand from under the sump pumps that they do?
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Typically a well inspection should include a flow test of the system, water level measurements before, during (if possible), and after testing. Voltage and amp readings on the pump. Verifying grounding. Inspection of the pressure tank and switches. Drawing water samples for lab testing. Providing a written report of their findings, including the lab test reports.

Having regular reports on the performance of the system helps spot problems that are developing with the well, or the equipment.

Annual testing of your water quality should be performed whether you have it done under a maintenance contract, or you pull your own samples and ship them to a lab for testing.
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60 years, and always on a well in at least 10 differant houses and I've never had a maintance contract. Think of the money I've saved.
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60 years, and always on a well in at least 10 differant houses and I've never had a maintance contract. Think of the money I've saved.
Actually, they did not offer any formal contract to me, they just say I should invite them every year for inspection. They do not examine the well itself, only what is in the basement.
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I too have had well and septic since 1986, several different houses. I had one house that had city water, and I was forced to have Deer Park deliver drinking water, or drink what smelled and tasted like a recently shocked swimming pool.

If you have a Doggie, and you give that pet well water from the tap, and they drink it, you can bet its OK. They have a nose like Sherlock Holmes.

Like Joe, I have never had, and never will have a maintenance contract on my well. If it goes down, I will be the one that fixes it anyway, and you cannot predict when it will go down. All in all they are very reliable if installed correctly. Key word: IF
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Joe is correct as usual. They are trying to sell you a maintenance contract.

You know, like the ones they try to sell you when you buy an appliance, a cell phone or a camera?

The ones that should you have a problem you call the 1-800 number and nobody ever answers, or you get put on hold till the turn of the century, then you hear the nice young lady tell you that they are sorry, but that one specific thing that went wrong with your particular model is not covered under warranty, but we now have a new, improved model that we will be glad to sell you for $8,500.00, how many would you like, sir?
On the flip side of that coin, we have people constantly asking for us to put them in our calendar for annual maintenance. Filter changes, water softeners, etc....

I'm more DIY minded, and I can't imagine why someone would want to pay me to do something so simple.

Just throwing it out there that it's not so far-fetched.
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I too have had well and septic since 1986, several different houses. I had one house that had city water, and I was forced to have Deer Park deliver drinking water, or drink what smelled and tasted like a recently shocked swimming pool.

If you have a Doggie, and you give that pet well water from the tap, and they drink it, you can bet its OK. They have a nose like Sherlock Holmes.

Like Joe, I have never had, and never will have a maintenance contract on my well. If it goes down, I will be the one that fixes it anyway, and you cannot predict when it will go down. All in all they are very reliable if installed correctly. Key word: IF
I had a dog that would drink from mud puddles....... also used to drink out of the toilet if you forgot to put the lid down. I never used him as a water purity testing device.

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