Regular testing and regular maintenance of your well are extremely important steps to take in order to ensure the health of your family. Did you know that 15% of all Americans depend on private well water? These wells are not covered by EPA guidelines, so it’s up to homeowners to ensure that their drinking water is safe.
Ensure your Well-Water is Safe by Following These Steps
Here are some of the normal steps that are recommended to ensure your well-water is safe.
Step 1: Know your Area
Location is extremely important here because there are different issues that will impact the quality of your drinking water. Potential risks are going to be different in specific areas so knowing the risks now will help you take the right precautions. You also want to keep up-to-date with local news in case there is an accident that might put your water at risk.
Step 2: Ensure that The Right Well is Constructed
Naturally, this step might not be possible but if you are still deciding what type of well to have installed, then be sure that you are having the right one constructed. Drilled wells are the best choice. They go much deeper and use metal or PVC well casing. These deep wells are drawing water from a better source than the shallow wells that are drawing water from possibly contaminated soil.
Step 3: Regularly Test Your Water
Your water should be tested annually by a professional – both the source and the tap to check for contaminants in the pipes. If you have a shallow well, then you will need to increase the frequency of testing. This is one of the areas where you will need to bring in a professional. With that in mind, I also recommend that you use a home water testing kit at least once every couple of months as a preventative safety measure.
Step 4: Install Water Treatment/Conditioning Systems
Even if your water does not test positive for any contaminants there is are still great benefits to having water treatment equipment installed. The best option is a system that is installed directly into your plumbing at the first point of entry into the home. This will ensure that all the water flowing though you plumbing is treated. Having treated water has many benefits such as
- Permanent removal of scale and mineral build up on faucets, shower and bath fixtures, plumbing, water heaters and water valves
- Clothes last longer
- Reduced use of soaps and detergents due to lack of hardness minerals in the water
- Removal of all smells such as chlorine and rotten egg smells (Hydrogen Sulfide)
- Removal of Iron and the associated staining
Whatever the case, using a conditioning system greatly improves the quality of the water and protects ones you love the most, your family.
If you do test positive for any contaminants, then you should contact a qualified water conditioning specialist as soon as possible.
Contaminants to Look Out For
- Salt and Minerals: These don’t really have a significant impact on your health, but they can lead to hard water. Hard water can create dry, itchy skin and it reduces the lifespan of your clothing. It also can clog and damage plumbing, and clog up valves and water heaters.
- Iron: This can cause heavy staining depending on the amount in the water
- Hydrogen Sulfide gas : This is a gas that is present in certain well water supplies and is what produces the “rotten egg smell” in your water.
- Heavy Metals: These come from industrial runoff in most cases. They can lead to potentially deadly illness, especially with pregnant women and infants.
- Farm Chemicals / Nitrates: These are found in pesticides and fertilizers. Needless to say, they can lead to significant and deadly health problems. They are high risk.
- Pathogens: These present the highest risk in private wells since public water systems specifically target these. It’s important to stop drinking the water immediately if a test shows positive for a pathogen. Seek professional help.