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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Well cleaning
- Reverse Osmosis
- UV Disinfection
- AIO Odor Reduction Units
- Premium Twin Tank Softeners
- Single Tank Softeners
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
The highest quality H2O should taste and smell like nothing at all. And, few things force a person to drop their glass faster than water that smells like rotten eggs.
That distinct odor typically has a distinct cause. Keep reading to find out what it is and how to get rid of it as quickly as possible.
Hydrogen Sulfide – It Stinks!
The characteristic rotten egg or sulfur smell in your water most likely comes from hydrogen sulfide, a naturally occurring gas known by the formula H2S. Hydrogen sulfide is colorless and heavier than air. Besides its pungent aroma, H2S is also corrosive, flammable, and even explosive in very large quantities! But don’t worry; the worst thing it’ll do to you is make you reach for the Febreeze.
The presence of hydrogen sulfide in your water supply often means the supply has a higher than normal sulfur bacteria count. If you only notice the rotten egg smell when running the hot tap, your water heater is probably to blame.
Great. So How Do I Get Rid of H2S?
Turn on the water at each of your fixtures (sinks, fridge dispenser, showers/baths, and laundry machine, etc.) to find out if the hydrogen sulfide smell is isolated. Note the following:
- If the odor only appears in hot water, you’ll want to hire a licensed plumber to inspect and possibly flush & fill your water heater.
- If you have a water softener, and the odor only appears in fixtures connected to the system, you’ll want to change the solution and filtration.
- If the odor appears in hot and cold water, your well or water supply may be affected. If you’re on a public supply, contact your local water utility. If you have a private well, give us a call.
If you are concerned about the safety of your home’s water supply, even after the rotten egg smell goes away, ask about our water treatment services. We are happy to assist you with that process.
Maintaining & Safeguarding Your Private or Public Water Supply
At C&J Well Company, we do much more than build wells. Sure, we dig a lot of holes, but we also serve our neighbors across central Indiana with well services including cleaning, maintenance, and water treatment. Connected to a public water supply instead of a private well? We serve you, too! Learn more about water softeners, whole-home water purification systems, reverse osmosis, geothermal, and more.
C&J Well is your one-stop solution for the clearest, cleanest, freshest tasting water around. And we guarantee it’ll be stink-free, too.
Cannonball! Well, not quite, but C&J Well Company certainly made a splash recently in Carmel. Splash pad, to be exact.We were thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, in the department’s design and installation of its new splash pad in Central Park West Commons. The splash pad opened about six weeks ago and was an instant hit, arriving just in time for plenty of kids (and some kids at heart, too) to play around before summer came to its official end.
C&J Well’s contribution to the Central Park splash pad came in the form of a 200 gallons-per-minute (GPM) pump, which helps move all that water efficiently and reliably. Just how much is 200 GPM? Do you leave the faucet running while brushing your teeth? Well, you shouldn’t. But if you did, you’d have to brush your teeth for more than two hours to use 200 gallons. Likewise, you’d have to flush the toilet about 130 times to use 200 gallons of water. Just don’t splash around in that. Also, 200 gallons of water weighs more than 1,600 pounds, so our 200 GPM pump moves nearly a ton of water … every single minute!
The splash pad may be closed for the season, but there’s plenty of fall fun to be had exploring Carmel’s many wonderful parks and greenways. Click to find more information about the West Commons Playground & Splash Pad.
Whether it’s fun in the sun or performance for your home, C&J Well Co. has you covered, all year long. With winter weather well on its way, now’s a great time to be thinking about protecting your wellhead. Keeping it covered and your well components properly maintained will help ensure you make it through the cold season without any disruptions in your home’s water supply. Visit our website for more advice on maintaining your water well, and be sure to ask us about seasonal products, services, and special offers for your Indiana home.
C&J Well Company is known for our quality and commitment to wells. Heck, it’s in our name! But, did you also know that one of our specialities is geothermal well drilling? Geothermal HVAC systems offer many unique benefits over traditional heating and cooling.
Here are a few reasons to consider geothermal for your home.
What is Geothermal HVAC?
Private water wells actually have quite a bit in common with geothermal heating and cooling. Both are “natural” alternatives that don’t rely heavily on surrounding communities and/or public utility companies, and instead take advantage of what the earth has to offer, right at home on your own property.
Explaining a geothermal system is probably more complex than actually maintaining one. In a nutshell, geothermal works like this: temperatures remain fairly constant just a few feet under the earth’s surface, all year long (yes, even during our frighteningly cold Indiana winters). Geothermal heat pumps utilize a simple indoor handling unit, along with a network of buried pipes in the yard that create a “loop.” This loop moves groundwater (if present on site) or other liquid through the network and transfers that constant temperature from the earth to the handling unit, where it is used to heat and cool your home.
What Makes Geothermal Better?
One of the greatest benefits of geothermal heating and cooling systems, are their versatility. Depending on where you live, a traditional HVAC system may rely on natural gas, electricity, or oil. Thanks to the earth’s constant temperature, geothermal works as well in Alaska as it does in Arizona.
Another pro of geothermal is its maintenance, or lack thereof. Since it consists of few complex mechanical components, a geothermal heat pump typically lasts longer with much less maintenance requirements than traditional HVAC systems.
Geothermal systems are also much “cleaner” than fossil fuel-powered HVAC. They don’t burn gas or oil to generate heat, and they use very little electricity, too.
Less maintenance means fewer service calls to the contractor or repairman. The potential cost savings alone are enough to convince many homeowners to switch to geothermal.You can save money and energy by switching to geothermal heating and cooling for your Indiana home. Contact us to learn more today!
When properly built by a professional and maintained by a homeowner, a water well requires very little upkeep.
The service calls we get here at C&J Well Company cover just about everything you need to know about wells, so we collected a handful of our most popular tips & tricks for getting the most years – and drops – out of your own water well. Keep reading to learn more.
- Only hire fully licensed, fully insured, and qualified professionals for well work. This includes digging/drilling, installation, maintenance and repair, and replacement services. Unlicensed, door-to-door, and so-called “Craigslist contractors” are a dime a dozen, and they tend to disappear quickly after taking your hard-earned money up front and doing little or no work at all.
- Ensure your water quality is as high as possible, by performing annual tests. Bacteria, parasites, chemicals, and other organic and inorganic impurities can contaminate wells, making the water unsafe to drink. Give us a call or contact your local health department to learn more about these tests.
- Related to the above tip, be sure to have your water tested any time there is a sudden change in its taste, smell, or clarity, or someone at home becomes ill after drinking it.
- Likewise, never store hazardous chemicals anywhere near your well. These can include fertilizers and pesticides, oils and fuel, paints, pool cleaners, etc.
- Check your well cover/cap every so often, and ensure no components are damaged or exposed to the elements. Fix or replace a cover or well casing that has visible damage.
- Mark your well so that it is clearly visible, even from a distance, and be careful when working around it. Lawn mowers and similar machinery can cause major damage to a relatively small casing, and can make your well unsanitary. Also, never allow grass and leaves, snow, or other debris to pile up around the well.
- Always maintain thorough records for well service and water testing. This is vital and of huge help to professional well technicians. Click the link for free well maintenance and water testing logs.
These steps are easy to follow and fairly common sense, and will go a long way in protecting your well’s performance and your family’s health. As always, we happily encourage you to get in touch with us here at C&J Well Company, if you have any questions or concerns at all about your water well.