Well Seals, Styles, Types and Uses

It is required that all wells have a cap/seal that is gasketed to prevent water and insect entry and vented to allow the well to breathe.  The gasket or seal and screened vent should be tight enough to prevent insects from entering. In the past, a simple cap was allowed and used by some. These caps were able to keep out all but the smallest rodents but are an open door for insects.  Built of cast aluminum and held in place by set screws with no seal, they are inexpensive and should not be used for a permanent seal. I have seen many wells in the past during service calls that did not have well seals on them.  Some wells were covered with a board, some with a steel plate, others had rags stuffed down the hole.  Most all of these had dead rodents in the well and YES, people were drinking the water.  One man after seeing body parts on the pipe, wire and a hair plugged intake screen, still didn’t want to have a seal installed???  Even now the cost of a seal is below $60. — David Nequette

Posted in Caps, Gaskets, Insects, Seals

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