What Causes Bacteria to Grow in Well Water?


3 Reasons Why Bacteria Could Be Growing In Your Well

From poor construction to recent repairs, there are many different ways for bacteria to contaminate your well. If you believe that bacteria is growing in your well, don’t panic! A certified professional should be able to find the root of the problem and treat it so that you and your family can go back to enjoying pure, clean water.

Furthermore, to avoid bacterial contamination, remember to have your well tested at least once a year by a team of experts.

Read on to learn more about the different causes of bacterial contamination in your well.

1. Recent well repairs

When new plumbing, water heaters or water pumps are being installed in your homes’ water systems, there is a risk that the bacteria in the dirt surrounding the well pump or solid elements found in plumbing materials will enter the structure, thus contaminating your water. 

To fix this, your water specialist will likely have to flush the well heavily; bear in mind that it can take days to months to fully and safely eliminate all the bacteria. 

2. Poor Well Construction

Checking for flaws in the structure of your well can be another way to pinpoint the cause of bacteria contaminating your water. If you notice your well leaking after heavy rainstorms, call an expert to assess the situation. Additionally, bacteria can enter poorly built bedrock wells when the wellhead is buried, or the well cap isn’t appropriate.

If you suspect your wells’ construction of having defects, contact a professional well service as soon as possible to ensure that your water supply doesn’t suffer from any further difficulties.   

3. Problems With The Surrounding Soil

Typically, bacteria found in water is filtered out naturally as it flows through the soil; however, that is not always the case. If the soil surrounding your dug well doesn’t offer the right amount of filtration, it could leave your water system susceptible to continuous contamination. In these instances, installing a different type of well is recommended. 

In the case of bedrock wells, bacteria can enter the system if there recently was blasting or construction near the soil above the bedrock. Fortunately, this is typically a short-lived contamination and the water levels should resolve once construction stops and allies the soil to settle. 

Bacteria In Your Well Is Trouble. Call Us Today.

If you suspect that bacteria may be growing in your well, call us now and our certified team of experts will ensure that they find the best solution for you! 

The professional crew at Water Dr. LLC has been proudly serving Connecticut for years; we want to guarantee that your well stays healthy and up to date. Additionally, we offer water filtration system services; don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about our whole-home water filtration systems. Call us today and talk to one of our licensed technicians to get an estimate!

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If you have no water, don’t hesitate to call us at any time.

Our expert plumbers have years of experience with well pumps, both installation, and repair. We’ll have your water back up and running in no time.


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