How to Protect Well Water After a Flood

How to Protect Well Water After a Flood

October 2, 2017

While it’s not something that’s fun to think about, floods occasionally can and do happen. If you rely on well water, it’s important to be aware of the precautions you should take in the event of a flood.

As a provider of water well service & repair in Columbia, TN, Action Electric Motor & Pump Repair has some useful tips.

First, know that your well water may have become contaminated. You can check with your local or state health department for advice on what to do. Hiring a water well service and repair company to disinfect your well may be their first suggestion.

You’ll also want to follow this additional guidance:

  • Protect yourself from electric shock: If your well pump has become flooded, you may experience electric shock if you approach it. You’ll want a well or pump contractor to take a look at the pump’s wiring system to be sure that all of the electrical elements that make up the pump’s wiring have dried. You’ll also want the professional you hire to turn on the pump once they have determined that it is safe to do so. As mentioned above, in addition to making sure that all electrical components are fully dry before turning on the pump, the expert you hire may also need to clean and disinfect the well. Part of this process may involve pumping the well after turning on the pump to make sure that the water begins to run clear. This will mean that the well is free from floodwater.
  • Avoid using the water: Until the professional you are working with determines that it is safe to do so, refrain from drinking water from the well or using it for bathing or other purposes to ensure that you do not become sick.
  • Test the water for bacteria: Your contractor may recommend testing your water for bacteria 7 to 10 days after your well has been disinfected to be sure that the water is healthy and safe. Your local health department should be able to assist with this process.
  • Know that additional testing may be necessary: Depending on the conditions surrounding the flood, it’s possible that your water may not be safe to use or drink for some time. Groundwater flow may release bacteria or other contaminants into the water, and contaminated wastewater may also make the water unsafe. Check with your health department about a long-term plan for ensuring the safety of your water after a flood to learn if they suggest repeated water testing or other necessary steps you should follow.

If you require water well service & repair in Columbia, TN, Action Electric Motor & Pump Repair is the premier provider of well pump repair service in the local area. We’ve been in business for more than a decade and are proud to be a family owned and operated company committed to offering exceptional service and high-quality workmanship.

We serve residential, commercial and industrial customers and perform pump repair, well repair and replacement, water treatment and conditioning, electric motor rewinding and beyond. Action Electric Motor & Pump Repair offers a warranty for all of our work, and we are licensed, bonded and insured. Contact us today to find out how we can best serve you!

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