Supplying your home with a steady supply of fresh water can be a shockingly difficult task to perform. This is especially true if you live in an area that is not served by government water systems. For these homes, a well and pump is necessary for supplying running water, but these are complex devices.

Due to these complexities, it is possible for your well system to encounter problems, but there are a couple of tips that can help ensure your well system avoids some common sources of damage. 

1. Keep The Submersible Well Pump Maintained

In order to get the water from the well into your home, it is necessary to have a properly-functioning pump. For most well configurations, a submersible well pump is placed in the water, and this device pushes water through the pipes into the home. 

This is not a particularly difficult type of pump to maintain, and they will typically only need a routine service call once a year. During this call, the pump will be removed from the water, and it will be inspected for signs of damage. Additionally, the seals and various components of the pump will be thoroughly evaluated to ensure that it is in good working condition. 

2. Perform A Thorough Inspection After Every Freeze

Freezing temperatures are an unavoidable problem for many areas of the country during the winter. Unfortunately, this can cause damage to your well. When water freezes, its volume will increase, and this can cause the pump seals to fail and the pipes to crack. 

As a result of this threat, you should make it a point to inspect your pump after every freeze, and you should keep additional seals on hand in the event you need to replace some. When you are inspecting the pump, you should look for signs of leaking, cracking and strange noises when it is running. 

When you notice small leaks on the sides of the pipes but there is no visible crack, the seal will likely need to be replaced. The exact steps for this process will vary, but you can find them by consulting your owner's manual. Unfortunately, if replacing the seals does not correct the problem, you will have no choice but to contact an experienced well technician to correct the issue. 

Your well and pump are highly complex but essential devices for your home. Not surprisingly, most homeowners consider these devices something of a mystery, but following these tips will help ensure that your well pump lasts for as long possible.