15 Oct 2014

Problem with Rust in Your Well Water?

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You don’t have to tell C&J Well Company about the many benefits of well water. After all, we’re one of the state’s biggest supporters of private water wells! The perks of having your own natural source of fresh water are nearly endless, and we could definitely fill up an entire blog post just listing them. That said, like the folks who rely on a public utility to provide their home with water, those of us with water wells at home know that issues can occur from time to time.

Today, we’re going to talk about a common culprit and one of the biggest sources of service calls to C&J Well Company. And that, friends, is rust.

What is Rust?

Rust, or iron oxide, is formed by a reaction between iron and oxygen. It is intensified by moisture and water. Since rust is found naturally and abundantly in the ground, and because water wells are wet places (duh!), it only makes sense that rust can sometimes be found in and around our wells.

Although it can give your well water a reddish tint and make it taste kind of strange, the good news is rust is rarely harmful to your health. Want more good news? Rust is generally pretty easy to get rid of.

How to Remove Rust from Your Well Water

First of all, it’s a good idea to call the team here at C&J Well Company if you notice any changes to your well or your water. Changes in well performance can signal a possible mechanical problem. Changes to the taste, smell, or look of water might mean possible contamination. Either way, the pros at C&J are equipped and ready to fix the issue. Like we’ve said many times before, regular well cleaning, professional inspections, and water quality testing are all vital to a healthy and operational.

Another option homeowners have for removing rust is to add reverse osmosis or a water softener to their well system. Reverse osmosis works by removing nearly all dissolved solids from your well water.  Water softeners treat and improve well water in a number of ways. An added bonus … you can say goodbye to the nasty effects of hard water. Your skin will be smoother, your dishes will be shinier, and your laundered clothes will be brighter.  C&J Well Company sells, installs, and services all kinds of reverse osmosis and water softening systems. Contact us to learn more about them.

If reverse osmosis or water softening isn’t for you, C&J can also examine and replace well components like faulty filters and screens, water aerators, and gravel beds, and make suggestions on how to improve the quality of your groundwater before it enters your system.

How to Remove Rust from Your Well Water

Here’s another consideration to remember. In some situations, when well water is stained a reddish color, rust isn’t the offender. Instead, ruddy water might be caused by clay or other ground particles. This is why we always encourage our customers, and all folks who rely on private wells at home, to regularly have your system tested by a professional.

Rust rarely poses an immediate danger, but it can cause problems if ignored for a long time, too. So do yourself a favor and get in touch with C&J Well Company if you suspect that iron oxide has infiltrated your water well. We’ll get you taken care of in no time.