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.
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.