Well FAQ’s


W. S. Heitman Drilling & Pumps
Q – How often should I chlorinate my well?
A – You should chlorinate your well AT LEAST once a year.
Q – How often should I perform a bacteria test on my well?
A – We recommend a bacteria test AT LEAST once a year.
Q – Do flow rates on wells ever increase or decrease?
A – Flow rates on wells can decrease over time and will very rarely ever increase unless you deepen your well.
Q – What is the average life of a submersible pump?
A – The average life of a submersible pump is 8 – 12 years. There are several things that affect this such as, water quality, amount of water used, type of pump, sizing of pump and electrical wire, and amount of water that the well makes.
Q – What is the average life of a pressure tank?
A – The average life of a pressure tank is 10 – 15 years. There are several factors that affect this such as water quality, amount of air pressure in the tank, and type of tank.
Q- What pressure should my water tank be set at?
A- 3 to 5 pounds less your working pressure.
Q-How big should my tank be?
A-Your tank should give your pump at least one minute of run time no matter when the pump comes on. This is factory required for a pump up to 3 horsepower. 3 horsepower and above, call your W. S. Heitman Drilling & pumps professionals.
Q – Can a well that makes 1 gallon per minute be used for household usage?
A – Low flow rate wells can be used for household usage depending on the depth of the well, the static water level, and how deep the pump is set. These 3 pieces of information can give you the amount of storage that sits in the shaft of the well (also known as the reservoir). There is about 1.5 gallons of water per foot in a 6” well.