molitor plumbing stockton il


(815) 745-2613



8072 East Rush Town Road, Stockton, IL 61085

(815) 745-2613

Stockton, IL

Residential Water Wells

Water Well Installation & Repair

Residential water wells

A private well for your home or farm shouldn’t need a lot of maintenance, but it should be professionally inspected on a regular basis. You want to ensure that your drinking water is tested for safety and to help avoid costly repairs in the future. A well that’s properly constructed will prevent contamination from the ground surface, sewage disposal systems, or other hazardous sources that may seep into the well at any time and under any condition.

As a well owner, routine well inspection checks are necessary. Is the casing at least 12 inches above the ground? What is the condition of the well cap? Is it sealed and securely attached? Are all electrical connections secure? Are potential sources of contamination, such as paint, chemicals, fertilizer, motor oil, or livestock operations at least 50 feet away? If any of these signs or others are present, a professional service call appointment should be made.


Common Residential Water Well Problems

The most common taste or odor issue with well water is hydrogen sulfide gas which has a distinctive “rotten egg” smell. Non-toxic bacteria present in groundwater use the water’s natural iron and sulfur as energy sources to chemically change the sulfates that produce H₂S gas. First, we test the water for mineral content and hardness. Analysis of test results will identify the best type of water treatment that’s based on your specific water chemistry.

If your well pump is short cycling (turning on and off too rapidly) or running continuously, the cause first needs to be identified. Probable causes include pressure tank air charge lost, faulty pump pressure control switch, pump wiring damage, piping blocked or filter clogged. There are several other less common causes of tank or pipe malfunction.

Following a professional inspection and diagnosis, our technicians will discuss repair solutions with you based on the specific correction steps needed.

A damaged or poorly installed well cap and casing is all too common. It may be covered with soil and at risk of contamination; damage to an older well cap may go unnoticed or lose its watertight seal until contamination becomes obvious; it may be placed too near a potential source of contamination such as livestock or chemical storage among others. Make sure the casing is at least 12” above ground.

The Dept. of Health suggests that your well water be tested at least once per year, preferably during the spring thaw or if there’s a change in water color, taste or smell. If any of these conditions appear, or there’s damage to the well head or casing, arrange for a service call immediately. Educational resource:

Whether the use is for drinking, livestock watering or chemical spraying – well water should be tested once per year at minimum… and more frequently if susceptible to possible contamination from Coliforms and E. Coli. Contact Molitor Plumbing to ensure that all rural residential or farm plumbing, piping and appliances are receiving proper maintenance.

No two private wells are created equal. Testing will show if the well is being properly protected from contamination and using the appropriate treatment system(s). Contact Molitor Plumbing to have your well water tested for dangerous contaminants such as coliform and e. Coli. If these contaminants are detected, our team will provide a custom solution, such as shocking the well, to fix the problem.

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Submersible well pumps have a typical lifespan of about 10-12 years or less under heavy use. Only inspection of your well system will reveal whether it should be repaired or replaced. If you’re not receiving water, first check your electrical circuit panel to see if the well pump and pressure tank is in the “on” position.

Depending on the cause, correcting the problem could be simple or much more complex. If the problem persists, a service call for inspection and system analysis will provide a professional solution to correct the problem.

If your well has flooded, do not use the water to cook, drink or bathe – it may contain bacteria or other contamination. If water is needed immediately, boil water for at least 1 minute after it reaches a rolling boil. In the meantime, if possible use bottled water.

The well needs an immediate service call to test the water supply — even if it looks OK. Don’t try to turn on the pump before the technician arrives to avoid damaging the well and pump. The technician can also suggest steps to ensure protection from future flooding.