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.

17 Nov 2016

Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

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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.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

20 Oct 2016

An Inside Look at the Carmel Central Park Splash Pad

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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.

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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.

19 Sep 2016

Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps

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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.

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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!

16 Aug 2016

A Handy Well Owner’s Checklist

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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.

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  • 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.

21 Jul 2016

The Importance of Water Well Testing

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Being a responsible water well owner is actually quite simple. Wells require very little maintenance or extra thought to stay in solid shape year after year. The key is consistency. A consistent maintenance schedule. And, just as importantly, consistent testing.

Speaking of testing, a responsible water well owner should be able to understand those test results. In today’s post, we’ll break down the process of a standard water well test.

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What Should I Test For?

We get asked this question all the time. No two water wells are exactly the same, and it’s not uncommon for tests of two wells right across the street from each other to come back with completely different results. Therefore, one of the smartest steps a well owner can take is to schedule regular testing, at the same time(s) each year.

Bacteria is the most common water quality problem found in private wells. At the very minimum, have your well tested at least once annually for bacterial levels. Depending on where you live, multiple tests a year can be beneficial. For example, if your well is located in an agricultural area, it makes sense to have your water tested for pesticides, nitrates, and other impurities in addition to bacterial testing.

Likewise, relevant circumstances may warrant additional water well tests throughout the year. These can include a woman in the household who is pregnant or nursing; an unexplained illness in one or more family members; sudden changes in the taste, odor, or clarity of your water; dangerous contaminants found in a neighbor’s water; and more.

Contact C&J Well Company for additional information, or schedule an in-home consultation for a personalized analysis of and recommendations for your well.

How Do I Take a Sample?

Another great question. Whether you choose C&J Well or another qualified laboratory team to assist you with water well testing, expect to receive specific, detailed test instructions, along with sterile bottles and other collection supplies. Depending on the test, you may only need to collect one water sample, or you may be asked to collect several samples from different sources around the home. Be sure to carefully read all instructions prior to any testing, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all about any part of the test.

It is important to note, that in the event of a positive test for fecal coliform bacteria such as E.coli, or microorganisms including Giardia, you should stop using your water and immediately disinfect your well until a satisfactory sample is pulled. .

Am I Understanding Everything Correctly?

Trust us, it is completely understandable if the test itself and/or the results that follow are hard to decipher. There are many different variations of each, with various instructions in the former, and symbols and abbreviations commonly used in the latter.

What’s most important to you, is the level of a specific contaminant in your water. This information is provided in all test results, highlighted as the concentration of a specific weight of the contaminant in a specific amount of water. You want to compare that concentration with federally established standards, to determine if its presence is found in safe or dangerous levels. If in doubt, or if you have any questions at all with your well water test results, contact us, your local health department, or environmental agency.

Also, no matter what the results of your test show, it is beneficial to have a second test of your well performed to ensure that results are consistent, especially before you decide on any type of water quality treatment.

Let Us Help With Your Water Well Tests

Between the collections, the results, the measurements, and the standards, water well testing is a fairly complex process. It is also one of the most essential parts of owning a well. After all, you drink, cook, and clean with this water!

Always choose an experienced, qualified, and licensed water well professional to assist you with testing. Here at C&J Well Company, we’re excited to help you through every step of the process. To get started, we invite you to download and review this free well owner’s manual. When you’re ready to test, ask us about our testing protocols and partnerships with local labs. And, if you’re interested in expert water treatment services, we can answer your questions about that, too.

22 Jun 2016

Top Tips for Protecting Your Wellhead

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Although most parts of a typical water well are installed below ground, there is one important component that rests on top of the soil.

Today, let’s learn more about the wellhead, and how to protect and maintain this critical part of your well.

wellheadWhat is a Wellhead?

Just like your head on top of your body, a wellhead is a structure that sits atop a well. The wellhead is made out of a durable PVC to help protect the well and keep the drinking water supply fresh and clean. For a better idea check out the anatomy of a well system.

Maintaining the Wellhead

Because it is the “first line” of defense for your entire well system, regularly inspecting the wellhead is an important and necessary task for well owners. Make modifications and repairs as needed and at your personal comfort/skill level, and do not hesitate to contact your local water well experts to perform larger construction projects or to close off an old well.

When mowing or performing related work around your well, be careful. Although some wellheads have small outbuildings or decorative structures covering them, others are simply a capped pipe sticking out of the ground, and are much harder to see. Lawn equipment and machinery can damage the wellhead. Chemicals and pollutants can foul the water supply. Leaves, grass clippings, and even accumulated snow can cause well blockages and carry pathogens into the water.

Well Location is Key

When landscaping around an existing well, or scouting a location for a new well, pay extra attention to the land itself. The top of a well should extend a whole foot or more above the ground. Make sure that surrounding ground slopes away from the well, as this ensures that surface water does not puddle around or drain into the well system.

Wellhead Maintenance Made Easy

For more information about maintaining your wellhead, download the helpful well owner’s manual on our website.

Wells are complex systems and sometimes maintenance and repairs are best left to the professionals. Count on C&J Well Company for all of your well needs. Whether it’s new installation, maintenance and repairs on an existing system, or friendly and free information, we are here for you. Let us know how we can help and assist you today.

09 Jun 2016

Getting Rid of Odors in Well Water

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For many people unfamiliar with private wells – you know, those “city water” folks – well water conjures up thoughts of weird smells like rotten eggs. While it’s true that natural well water is higher in minerals (just like those expensive bottles sold at upscale restaurants), it usually doesn’t smell, look, or taste bad at all.

Foul odors are often a sign that something’s wrong with your well or water supply. Want to get rid of odors and keep them gone for good? Find out how below.

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AIO = Air Injection Oxidization

Ever heard of AIO? It’s more than just another acronym to remember. AIO stands for Air Injection Oxidization, and it’s a fantastic and effective tool for well owners and municipal water customers alike. AIO systems are designed to eliminate two of the most common elements found in well water – sulfur and iron. Sulfur, as you might already know, is to blame for that telltale rotten egg odor. Iron can lead to rust stains in tubs, toilets, and sinks, along with laundry and critical well components. Neither of these elements are harmful and both are quite essential in small amounts, but excess levels and buildup can cause problems over time. AIO systems fix that.

How an AIO System Works

An Air Injection Oxidization system relies on a tank and a high-tech filter to remove sulfur and iron from water as it passes from the ground through your well and into your home. At the top of the tank is an air pocket. Imagine a bottle of soda – it’s not 100% full to allow for the excess pressure. An AIO tank oxidizes sulfur and iron in that air pocket, while adding dissolved oxygen to the water. The bad stuff is then captured in the filter, while naturally fresh, pure water flows freely through your taps.

Additional Benefits of AIO Systems

In addition to delivering some of the best tasting water you’ve ever had, an AIO system also helps keep everything clean. By removing sulfur and iron, sediment, and by controlling bacteria and scale, the AIO system promotes clean, gunk-free faucets and fixtures, appliances like dishwashers and coffee pots, laundry, and even your hair and skin! All this, without the need for any harsh chemicals or heavy maintenance.

Is an AIO System Right for You?

Air Injection Oxidation systems provide an affordable and efficient way to treat your well water naturally. Want to learn more about AIO or find out if adding a system makes sense for your home? Get in touch. At C&J Well Company, we have a variety of customizable solutions to fit you and your family’s individual water needs. Stop settling for second-rate water. This summer, enjoy the cleanest, coldest, clearest glasses of water, right out of your well!

26 May 2016

DIY Well Maintenance Tips

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For folks who rely on private wells to source their tap water, proper maintenance is essential. Your health and safety depend on it! While some efforts are better left to the pros, others are easy for your to do right at home.

We’ve compiled a few helpful DIY well maintenance tips. Check them out below.

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Well Recordkeeping

Just like your healthcare and tax records, keeping track of well maintenance makes everything easier. Create a logbook that lists when maintenance was performed and by whom; water and environmental quality testing; drilling reports, along with location, age, and condition of the well; and equipment repairs and replacements, as well as invoices and bills. Keeping these records organized and accessible will keep you up to date on the proper well maintenance schedule.

Well Maintenance Calendar

Typically, water wells are very reliable systems that require little extra thought. Regular maintenance helps keep them that way. Creating a well maintenance schedule is the easiest way to remember when it’s time to work on your well, or schedule appointments with a professional contractor. Write reminders on your calendar, create a spreadsheet on your computer, or program dates into your mobile device – whichever way is most convenient for you. Important dates and maintenance services to highlight include:

  • Well inspection
    • Get in the habit of visually inspecting your wellhead and other aboveground components several times a year. This is especially important before and after the cold winter months.
    • Chlorinate your well annually, and have it professionally flushed every 7-10 years.
    • If you lose records, can’t remember the last time you had it serviced, or move to a new home with one on-site, have your well professionally inspected ASAP.
  • Water testing
    • Have your well water tested for quality annually.
    • If you notice any sudden changes in taste, clarity, and/or odor, stop drinking your water and have it tested immediately. The same is true in the event of flooding or agricultural incident in your area.
    • Just like the well inspection, it is important to have your water tested if you can’t recall the last time it was tested, or if you move to a new home.
  • Water treatment system(s)
    • Before you install a water softener, filter, or other treatment system, have your well water tested for quality.
    • Have your water treatment devices inspected annually, and follow manufacturer’s instructions for proper maintenance schedules.
  • Septic System
    • Have your septic system professionally inspected each year, and maintain/repair/replace any worn or defective components.
    • Pump out the tank as needed or recommended by professionals. Remember, a wastewater leak can have disastrous consequences on your drinking water. Regular well and septic tank maintenance is far less expensive than the work required to treat a leak or spill.

Additional Well Tips

For more advice on maintaining your water systems at home, download or print this handy free wellowner’s guide or contact us today.

C&J Well Company is your source for well drilling, installation, maintenance, and repair. We are your local full-service well and water treatment specialists. Contact us today and let us know how we can assist you.

18 May 2016

Well Cleaning: Before & After

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You know, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we believe it! You can read a wealth of well-related information on C&J Well Company’s website, but we want to show you what some of that info looks like up close.

So, let these before & after photos of a professional well cleaning speak for themselves. We’ll use as few words as necessary to describe what’s going on. You’re always encouraged to contact us with more questions.

Before … Whoa.unnamed-5

This filthy geyser is full of mud, gunk, and other debris – definitely not what your tap water should look like. When C&J cleans a well, we first inspect your system, and then carefully remove your submersible pump and use precision equipment to flush out your well, resulting in the spectacular, albeit kind of nasty, surge you see here.

After … Wow!clean well water

Now that’s some good-looking water right there.

After blasting away years of build-up from your well, the result is crystal clear water, a refreshed filter, and better pressure through all of your faucets and fixtures.

Just like your vehicles, home, and other important and valuable possessions, having your well professionally and regularly maintained is vital to its performance and its lifespan … not to mention, your health!

When to Clean Your Well

If these photos aren’t enough, here’s a short video that explains why it’s important to clean your water well. As for the “when,” C&J Well Company suggests having your well cleaned out every 7-10 years.

Summer is a great time for professional water well services of any kind. Whether it’s cleaning, chlorinating, repairing, or replacing, our expert, friendly team can help you. Learn more about our many well services, and be sure to ask us how to get 50% OFF a well cleaning, and other money-saving seasonal offers!

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