31 Aug 2017

4 Signs Your Well Needs to Be Cleaned or Replaced

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Your well water system should be treated like any home appliance, it requires regular maintenance and monitoring. Finding a trusted well service company is essential to ensuring you’ll always have a fresh, clean water supply. However, when your well has unexpected signs of malfunction, it’s important to act quickly. Here are four common indicators that your well water system needs to be cleaned or replaced.

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Sputtering Faucets

A sputtering faucet is an indication that there might be a damaged seal or malfunctioning pump. Keeping up regular maintenance can avoid issues like these, as they can be caused by build-up in your well. Replacing the well might be necessary if the pump is irreparable, but your well service provider can properly assess the situation.

Higher Electric Bill

This can be due to your well pump working overtime due to sediment build-up. Often times a proper cleaning done by a professional well service provider can fix this problem, and your electric bill will return to normal. However, if your well equipment is worn down due to lack of attention to this type of problem for a few months it may need to be replaced.

Water Isn’t Clear

Anything out of the norm is a cause for concern. If you are finding your water to be white and cloudy or yellowed, it could be time for a cleaning to flush out the organic and inorganic particle build-up in your well. A reddish brown is also a reason to schedule a cleaning, as your well probably needs to be bleached to take care of the extra iron and manganese in your water. The most alarming sign is if your water has a blue-green hue, as this indicates copper pipe corrosion. If the pipes are too far corroded it might be time for a new well system!

Low Water Pressure

Water pressure change is something well owners should always be aware of. If you notice a change in your pressure, even slight, check your pump’s psi gauge. If your gauge is showing under 20psi, it’s time to call your well service provider. If it’s an older well, replacement is probably the best option.

If one or more of these issues are happening with your own well, it’s in your best interest to call your well service provider immediately. Your water supply can have a significant impact on your health and wellness, so don’t ignore these signs of improper well function! Contact us at C&J Well Co. today to hear about the well services we offer.

02 Aug 2017

Choosing the Right Water Treatment Methods For Your Home

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Living in a city in the U.S., it can be easy to assume that the water that comes from your kitchen or bathroom faucet is safe to drink. Unfortunately for many, that assumption may be false. Without utilizing water treatment methods, Americans may be putting their health and the health of their family at risk.

Do you want to know how to choose the best water treatment methods for your family? This guide will tell you what to know about picking the right product.

Choosing the right home water treatment methods

In 2016, Harvard released the results of a study on water quality in the U.S. Over the previous three years, they tested more than 36,000 water samples. The results showed that water supplies in 33 states, supplying water to more than 6 million Americans, had unsafe levels of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances.

These substances are known to cause cancer, increase the risk for obesity and high cholesterol, among other health issues. Although the study focused only on these two chemicals, other dangerous substances have been found in water supplies across the country.

Even if the municipal water supply in your city is clean and safe, accidents can still occur. Water main breaks, toxic spills, and power outages can all affect water quality.

If you rely on well water rather than a municipal water supply, you may still be in danger.

But by utilizing water treatment methods, Americans can make their municipal or well water supply safe for drinking and anything else you’d like to use it for.

Water treatment methods

There are several different water treatment methods that you can use to protect your family’s water supply.

To choose the right option for your home, you need to test your water to determine what kinds of minerals, chemicals, or other substances are present. That way you can choose the right treatment to remove those substances.

Once you’ve analyzed your water, check out the following water treatment methods to choose the right one for you.

Water Softener Systems

If a test of your home’s water reveals high levels of metal cations a water softener system may be the best option.

This system will reduce the levels of magnesium, calcium, and other metals. While these substances are often safe to drink, they can affect the taste of your water.

Reverse Osmosis

Harsher substances like copper, aluminum, chlorides, and sulfates do more than just affect the taste of your water. In high levels, they can cause a range of health problems.

Reduce the risk to your health by utilizing reverse osmosis to reduce the levels of dissolved solids in your water.

Well Cleaning

If you get your water from a well, it’s essential to clean it every 5 to 10 years, to reduce a build up of harmful sediment and debris.

Ultraviolet Disinfection

Some substances in water can quickly make you dangerously ill. Kills dangerous bacteria like E-coli and chloroform before it gets the chance, with ultraviolet disinfection.

Filters

If your water test reveals sand, sediment, or iron, a filter can help reduce their presence.

Choosing the right water treatment for your home

Whether you’ve chosen the right water treatment methods for your home, or you’re still searching, WellCo can help.

WellCo provides effective water treatment methods to Indianapolis residents, helping to improve their water’s quality and taste.

We even offer a free water quality test, to help you learn what’s lurking in your water.

Contact us today to schedule yours, and start protecting your family’s health today!

13 Jun 2017

Does Your Well Water Need to be Treated?

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Having your own water well is a wonderful thing. These systems are low-maintenance and nearly hassle-free. One of the easiest ways to keep your well producing fresh, clean, healthy water is to keep an eye on the quality of that water itself, and treat it as necessary.

Your well water might need treated! Check out the warning signs:

Rain and Runoff

This time of year can be problematic for water wells for two big reasons – it’s rainy season and growing season. In wet weather, that water has to run somewhere. As it follows gravity downward, water collects debris along the way. If your well is in its way, all that stuff can wind up in your water supply. This includes agricultural runoff, such as farm pesticides and livestock waste.

From reverse osmosis systems to specialized filters, there are a variety of options available today to remove contaminants from your well water. Chlorinating your well is a popular and recommended DIY solution for water of questionable quality. Check out this handy how-to guide for chlorinating your water well.

Salt and Sediment

Love ‘em and hate ‘em. Those salt trucks and plows do a great job across our state during rough Indiana winters. However, when temperatures rise and grounds thaw, all that leftover salt, sand, and sediment doesn’t just disappear.

Excess salt is common occurrence when talking about well water quality issues. There are plenty of ways to test for salt and sediment in your well water supply, but if your water tastes salty or looks cloudy, it’s time for a water treatment regimen. Consider having your water professionally tested. Also, be sure to see the section above for DIY well chlorination, or talk to C&J Well Company in Indianapolis about more permanent treatment solutions.

Seasonal Smells

Your well water may look crystal clear and taste normal, but you still pick up a faint whiff of something odorous every time you turn on the tap. Does this sound – or smell – familiar? Our noses are pretty powerful, and can detect even faint traces of sulfur, algae, and other earthy/musty aromas. To combat these usually harmless odors, drop a fresh slice of lemon into your glass of water. You can also fill a pitcher and place it in the fridge for a couple hours before drinking. Or, use a carbon-based filter.

If the smells are just too offensive, give C&J Well a call and ask us about other ways to eliminate water odors for good.

Other Solutions to Protect Your Well Water

Making sure your well is installed on higher ground is key – the higher elevation, the better. It’s also a smart idea to install your well far away from your home’s septic system if you have one. Purchased your property with a water well already installed? Consider relocating your existing well to a better spot on your property. There are also a number of mechanical systems that protect well water and further treat it before it reaches your taps.

C&J Well Company is your one-stop well shop, and we offer these and many other products and services. All are designed with ultimate well performance, efficiency, and safety in mind. Browse our website, contact us, or schedule a no-obligation meeting to learn more.

We all love well water, and taking simple steps like those outlined above go a long way to protecting your home’s water and your family’s health.

19 May 2017

The Benefits of Owning Your Own Water Well

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Thinking twice about your tap water? When it comes from a local public source, there’s a lot to think about. From the chemicals that go into treated drinking water, including chlorine and fluoride, to all the microscopic stuff you hope comes out – there’s a lot more to municipal drinking water than simply turning on the tap.

If you’ve been wondering about installing a private water well on your property, consider these three big benefits.

Well Water is Cheap (Actually, It’s Free!)

One of the best perks to having your own private water supply is the cost. Or, lack of it. Once your well is dug and the necessary equipment is in place, you can say goodbye to water bills for good! Yes, municipal water rates are affordable in most places, but the average person uses about 100 gallons of water a day. Multiply that by a month and add a family of four or more, and those costs really climb. With your own well, you never have to worry about another high water bill.

Well Water is Reliable

Most folks take drinking water for granted – until something happens. Between broken mains, boil advisories, and other unexpected emergencies, problems with municipal water utilities are fairly common. Combined with aging (and in some cases, crumbling) infrastructure across the country, and even more problems for cities like Flint, Michigan are all but guaranteed in the future.

When you tap into the groundwater that private wells supply, you gain peace of mind. Another bonus of a well is that you never have to wonder where your water comes from, what it went through, or how long it sat in a tank or pipe somewhere before reaching your faucets. Well water is pumped directly from the source, right below your home!

Well Water is Healthy

Now let’s be honest … there is nothing wrong with municipal drinking water around here. That’s because our local water utilities work hard and invest lots of time and energy into making sure nothing is in that water. The problem is, when they treat water for contaminants, they also remove many of the naturally occurring and beneficial minerals. That’s where well water wins again.

Besides being naturally filtered, well water is often packed with minerals and other nutrients your body needs. It typically tastes better, too. Drinking isn’t the only way your body benefits either; water is more gentle on the skin in baths and showers.

We could talk all day about the perks of having your own water well at home, but don’t just read about them – experience them for yourself! Get in touch with C&J Well Company and learn how to get started with a well of your own. At C&J, we do it all: from site planning to digging; installing, maintaining, and even replacing, we’re your complete source for wells and drinking water solutions. Get off the water grid and start enjoying the many benefits of private water well ownership today.

10 Apr 2017

When to Have Your Tap Water Tested

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Does your tap water flow from the city instead of a private well? While the vast majority of municipal, or public drinking water supplies are safe and reliable, accidents do happen. In fact, this April marks the three-year anniversary of the start of the Flint water crisis.

Although we have “Well” in our company’s title, many of C&J Well Company’s clients rely on city water supplies. Here are some tips on how to tell if your water is safe.

Testing City Water

Use Your Senses

While you probably can’t “feel” if your drinking water is safe to use, your other senses won’t let you down. Fill up a clean, clear glass with water from the tap – does it look, taste, or smell funny? Cloudy water can point to sedimentation or chemical/microbial contamination. Water that tastes or smells like chlorine may come from your city’s water treatment process. In the spring, many municipalities perform an annual temporary water disinfection changeover, which involves suspending ammonia additions to the treatment process (a chlorine/ammonia solution is called “chloramine”) in favor of a stronger pure chlorine disinfection – a process also known as “burn out.” The water remains safe to drink during this time, but customers often report a more noticeable chlorine taste and smell in their drinking water. Speaking of smells, if you ever notice that distinctive rotten egg odor, it often comes from hydrogen sulfide.

And what about your ears? Although you can’t hear what’s happening in that glass of water, if your plumbing pipes creak, groan, or make other strange noises when you turn on the faucet, that may mean there’s something wrong with the system. Plumbing problems can lead to eventual water contamination, and you’ll want to have those sounds inspected by a licensed plumber.

Remember – not all water warning signs are so easy to see, taste or smell. Some of the most dangerous contaminants, including lead, arsenic, e-coli, and viruses, have no flavor or odor. Therefore, it never hurts to make it a habit to have your municipal water tested by a third-party expert at least once a year.

The Testing Process, Explained

When it comes to testing tap water, people have several options. City water customers can contact their local utility provider and request a test. The local municipality may send over an employee to collect samples, or instruct the customer on how to collect a viable sample on his or her own. Likewise, your county health department often provides free water testing, especially for households with young children, pregnant, and/or nursing mothers at home.

If you are concerned about a specific contaminant in your water supply, you can also contact a third-party professional tester like C&J Well Company. We will come out to your home, collect the necessary water samples, and have them tested by a State and EPA-certified laboratory. If results are positive for impurities in your water, our team can guide on what to do next. We also sell, install, and service a variety of high-tech and high-efficiency water treatment solutions.

You shouldn’t have to worry when you turn on the faucet. If you suspect your city public water supply may be unsafe, don’t risk drinking it … please contact your local water provider and C&J Well Company immediately.

10 Apr 2017

C&J Earns 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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We are pleased to announce our acceptance of the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

This award reflects a year of excellent customer service to members within the local services marketplace in 2016. C&J customers left positive reviews and feedback through Angie’s List, helping us to achieve an “A” in all grade areas.

Your reviews have helped us showcase our impeccable customer service and we wouldn’t be able to do it without you! We look forward to continuing our efforts in customer service and providing exceptional well and water services to our local, Indiana community.

For more information on the Angie’s List Super Service Award, click here.

20 Mar 2017

Spring Water Treatment & Well Specials Going On Now!

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Spring is here and it’s time to save big at C&J Well Company. Warm, spring weather means special seasonal offers on a variety of our most popular water products and services.

C&J Water Treatment Spring Specials

Hop on our spring offers and save on your services, not one, but three times with our 5/10/15 Spring Forward special! For a limited time, we are offering 5% off of your first treatments, services and equipment for new customers. The second service is 10% off and the third is 15% off. Combine any three products or water treatment services in the following list:

This offer is good until June 20th, just in time for the first day of summer (and for more great specials!) Don’t miss your chance to save big at C&J Well Company!

As a bonus, 2016-2017 C&J water treatment customers will be considered for an automatic 5% rebate and the next product purchase will start at 10% then 15% for the following purchase.

Lastly, we are also offering our premium ¾ Grundfos Constant Pressure System for $3,500, along with $50 off of a service call for water treatment equipment repair.

If you’re interested, learn more and check out our other special offers!  

Indiana’s Best Well and Water Quality Company

For more than 20 years, C&J Well Company has helped residents across Indiana enjoy the best tasting, freshest, and healthiest water right out of the tap. If we’re new to you, we invite you to browse our website or give us a call to learn more. Whether you’re on a private well or a municipal supply, we look forward to serving your family’s water needs. Resolve to improve your home’s water in 2017. Let C&J Well Company help!

20 Mar 2017

What Types of Water Treatment Services Should I Use in My Home?

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Are you having home water quality problems? At times, incoming water supply does not meet expectations. Whether you have city or well water, all water can face the wrath of bacteria and contamination. Many consequences come from poor water quality and it’s important to have the proper treatments. But what kind of water treatment services should you use? We’re here to tell you.

Water Treatment Services

If you have city water…

The United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and there are over 286 billion Americans who use community water. While the The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the quality of the water, it’s still a homeowner’s responsibility to monitor their water for contamination. There are many treatments that can be used for both city and well water. A few available services that are most suited for possible city water issues include tank softeners, odor reduction units and disinfecting methods. C&J’s single and twin tank softeners will guarantee fresh, pure water that won’t leave those hard-to-remove hard water stains on your household utilities. For more treatment options from C&J, check out their city water treatment services to keep your city water clean.

If you have well water…

Over 15 million U.S. households rely on a private well for water consumption, according to the CDC. Since you do not get your water from a public source, it’s your responsibility to keep it safe. For this reason, testing your water more regularly is highly recommended. Depending on your treatment needs, there are specific water softener systems, filtration systems and cleaning methods for private water. C&J’s Reverse Osmosis is a common water treatment service for the regular use and consumption of water year-round. This process eliminates dissolved solids, sodium, nitrates, lead and some types of arsenic. Water Softener Systems, Well Cleaning, Ultraviolet Disinfection, Iron Filters, Sediment Filters, Sand Filters and Chlorine Injections are other well water treatments that C&J offers.

Another rule of thumb for well water– Once a year, it’s necessary to have your water quality tested for bacteria, nitrates, dissolved solids and the pH levels. It’s also important to test the water more frequently while pregnant and if there is an infant in the household. The EPA details frequent activities that could affect the quality of your well water and the chemicals to test for. Common examples include testing for iron and manganese if you recently treated your water softener for hardness, or testing for nitrate, pesticides and coliform bacteria if there are agricultural activities nearby. Now, let C&J Well Co. do the dirty work. C&J can troubleshoot your water quality, determine the issue and provide a solution with our well water treatment services.

No matter the type of water you have running throughout your household, it’s important to stay up-to-date with testing and treating. Trust your senses when it comes to look and smell, but also be aware that poor quality water can also look normal. For more information on water treatments or to schedule a visit, contact the pros at C&J Well Co.

14 Feb 2017

Which is Better for My Family, Well or City Water?

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Water acts as the most essential chemical compound to human existence. As a crucial component to our livelihood, the source of the water that enters our bodies is extremely important. This imposes a common question for all homeowners– Is well water or city water better for my family?

When deciding on whether you prefer well or city water, consider the factors that are most important to your family. There’s one type of water that accommodates to cost, taste and health factors. If you’re looking for a pure, natural source with ideal levels of cleanliness, well water is the best choice for your family. Here’s why:

Which is Better, Well or City Water?

Well water is more cost efficient.

Since city water is filtered, treated and monitored by the government, homeowners with city water are stuck with monthly water bills. Homeowners with wells have the luxury of not paying for city water. There are no usage fees, and instead, you can use a well and get your own testing and treating services from local water well and treatment companies. C&J Well Co. are professional well experts that can drill your well, install a system and apply a variety of services to keep your water treated properly.

Well water is good for your health.

As a natural source from the Earth, well water automatically tastes better than city water. Well water is also healthier because it’s full of minerals and isn’t treated with harsh chemicals. City water is treated with chlorine and fluoride because it comes from lakes and rivers with many pollutants. While these chemicals are used to treat and disinfect the water, they are not good for our health. The chemicals are difficult to filter out of the water, giving city water an overall questionable quality. Because of this, city water has a longer, more intense cleaning process that causes more problems than benefits to our health. Although these processes make the water cleaner, city water can have an unpleasant look, smell and taste, while also having negative effects on the skin, hair, dishes and laundry.

While well water is healthier than city water, it only has it’s benefits if monitored and treated properly. Well water has the ability to filter naturally, but it’s still important to get your well water tested and treated for bacteria and other chemicals that may exist. Well water contains many natural minerals, but too much of certain minerals can be detrimental to our health. Get your water tested by the pros at C&J Well Co. Test your water, then choose from a wide selection of softeners and filters to meet your specific water treatment needs.

While there are pros and cons to both well and city water, take advantage of the water that accommodates to cost, taste and health factors. For more information or to schedule a service contact the pros at C&J Well Co. 

14 Dec 2016

Water Softener vs. Reverse Osmosis – Do You Need Both? (Plus, Special Offer!)

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Whether you’re on a well or a municipal water supply, having a water softener at home offers all kinds of benefits. However, as good as they are, these systems aren’t perfect.

Today, we want to talk about adding a second line of defense against impurities in your home’s drinking water. Also, keep reading to find out how you can take advantage of a special seasonal offer at C&J Well Company. But you need to hurry, as this offer ends soon!

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What Exactly is Reverse Osmosis?

Although lots of people have heard of reverse osmosis (RO) before, not everyone understands how it works. RO systems rely on pressure and a semipermeable membrane to remove dissolved solids from water. Think of these membranes as a very high-tech sponge. They soak up and trap all sorts of debris, including salts, lead, pesticides, chlorine, and more, as water is “pushed” through the membrane. Since H2O molecules are smaller than these particulates that pollute it, the only thing able to make it through to the other side of the membrane is pure, delicious water. RO is one of the best methods of water purification, and is used around the world to turn seawater, wastewater, and other non-potable sources into water that’s absolutely safe to drink.

RO systems can be as large and complex as an oil refinery, but small residential systems that work just as well can fit inside your closet.

How RO Improves a Water Softener

You notice we mentioned seawater in the last section. What’s the one main factor that prevents us from drinking a glass of water right out of the ocean? You guessed it – salt. Thanks to those semipermeable membranes, RO systems remove salt with surprising ease. Since water softeners often rely on salt to treat hard water, having an RO system connected to your home water purification process can improve the taste and purity of your tap water even more.

Another big selling point for having both systems at home is the potential cost savings. Ask anyone with a water softener, and they’ll tell you that as the system eliminates hard water, it also saves money by increasing the lifespan of plumbing pipes, fixtures, and appliances, while reducing the amount of dish and laundry detergents used. Clothes and linens last longer, and families use less shampoo and soap while bathing. RO systems cost just pennies per gallon to further improve softened water, reducing a family’s reliance on bottled water and sugary drinks. 

So despite the startup costs, a water softener and reverse osmosis system working in tandem at home can pay for themselves through reduced waste and improved health and safety for your family.

What About That Special Offer?

Speaking of startup costs, how would you like to eliminate half of them when upgrading your Indiana home’s water supply with a water softener and reverse osmosis from C&J Well Company? Well, you’re in luck. For a limited time, we are giving away a free RO system when you purchase a twin tank water softener. This offer is good for households on private wells and public utilities. Now your family can enjoy the full benefits of total water purification, without having to pay for it all.

This special offer ends very soon, so get in touch with us today and ask about our full range of Indiana water treatment services.