Identifying Well Water Problems

When you initially select a well water treatment system, it’s essential to understand the water chemistry. This will help you to make an informed choice and choose the right system to meet your needs. The water chemistry in your well can easily be determined with a water testing kit, or you could have a lab analysis carried out. When problems arise, there are usually physical signs that can give you an insight into the underlying causes.Identifying Well Water Problems

Testing Water Chemistry:

Many people have never had their well water tested and never encountered a problem. Problems generally arise due to other circumstances, such as recent construction or servicing carried out on the well. It’s a good idea, to have a complete test done on the physical, mineral and bacteriological makeup of your well. This will include information on the more common minerals present, as well as the metal, salts, and bacteria present. A pH level test will also tell you how alkaline or acidic your well water is. Knowing this information will help you to determine the kinds of water treatment that will be necessary for your specific water chemistry.

Detecting Other Problems:

Not every problem is necessarily connected to health issues. It may be the case that your water well supply has a particular aesthetic quality that you don’t enjoy. It may even be the case that your water has corrosive or other qualities that cause staining, unusual odors or pinhole leaks in your plumbing. The mineral analysis in the water chemistry test will highlight many of these problems that could be caused by; manganese, iron, pH balance issues and total dissolved solids (TDS). Another common culprit is tannins, these are not usually covered in standard testing, and additional tests may be required.

The most important test for health purposes is for bacteriological organisms. At the very least, a basic test for the fecal coliform, commonly known as E. coli should be carried out. This is particularly important if infants and/or children will be drinking the water without additional filtration that will remove E. coli and other harmful bacteria.

Carrying Out a Physical Inspection: 

Water usage can leave a lot of clues about the condition of your well water. Stains, unusual odors, and sediments can all be an indication that something is wrong. Listing all the the possible signs is beyond the scope of this article, but a simple search online will offer clues. This should not be seen as a substitute for comprehensive water testing, but it can confirm what the test results are indicating. This will help you to understand your water treatment requirements and choose the right device.

If you have concerns about the quality of your well water, talk to your local water treatment professional. There are many kinds of filtration systems, and water softeners/water conditioners available to deal with a wide variety of water quality issues. Always be sure your chosen water treatment professional is fully WQA certified, this will ensure that they meet or exceed water industry standards.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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