Inspecting your well cap is important. Well caps can crack due to the dramatic temperature changes found in our watershed. A cracked well cap should be replaced immediately to keep pollutants out of your drinking water. You may have an old style of well cap like this picture to the left. These type well caps leave a large gap around the well casing. Mice and bugs enjoy using these well caps as shelter. These creatures can fall or go to the bathroom which drops directly into your drinking water. Yikes!
A newer style of well cap (right) is recommended for private wells. It is called a sanitary or "vermin-proof" well cap. Click here for a PDF file from Penn State. This type of well cap makes a complete seal around the top of your private well keeping out mice, bugs and insects. If you are having a new well drilled or if you are replacing your well cap seriously consider using a sanitary cap. You can also upgrade an old style cap with a sanitary well cap anytime. Be sure to give the contractor, plumber or well driller the correct part number - WTC6.
[Note: Well pumps operate on a high voltage circuts, only qualified individuals should install a well cap.]