When people invest in their home water quality, they often become fixated on that single aspect of their plumbing system. This is understandable in many ways because we all enjoy having access to fresh, clean water in our homes. It’s important to remember that the new water treatment system is still an important part of a larger whole or your plumbing and water distribution system. All of your plumbing will need occasional routine maintenance to operate correctly. In this article, we look at some practical ways to keep your water distribution and treatment systems working as intended.
There are some vital components located in your plumbing system to get the water from your well and up to your faucets. A water test will be required to get the correct water treatment equipment to remove your particulate contaminants. Also, don’t forget to flush the plumbing system when your new equipment has been installed.
A brand new water treatment system will not need much in the way of ancillary maintenance. If you’ve installed the water treatment system on a well that’s already in use, the plumbing system, including the water heater, well pump, water tank, pipes and the well itself, may contain contaminants. These contaminants are already in the system and have not been treated by your new water treatment equipment. Your new system will only treat the new water introduced into the plumbing, but they will not treat a contaminant buildup that’s already there.
Treating an Existing Well Water System
The first thing that you will need to do is chlorinate the well and the plumbing system to destroy bacteria and any other contaminants. This will then need to be done every year to keep the system clean and working well. Sometimes a new treatment is installed and then shortly after the water becomes discolored or develops a foul odor. This is the buildup contaminants and bacteria that were growing in dead spots in your new system. Always chlorinate after installing new equipment to reset the system, and the bacteria should not make a comeback.
If there is a particular issue with bacteria in your area, you may want to test your water annually. It may also be a good idea to install an ultraviolet light system or use ozone to add some additional protection from harmful bacteria. This will ensure that the water that reaches your plumbing system is clear from viruses and waterborne diseases.
The Pressure Tank
Most well based water systems use a pressure tank for volume and to provide ballast. The pressure tank can also contain a buildup of contaminants inside it because it is placed before the water treatment system. For this reason, the pressure tanks should be flushed every quarter to remove the contaminant buildup and keep it away from the water treatment system. There should be a flush valve on the tank manifold, attach a garden hose and run the other end into a drain. Then you can open the valve and flush the pressure tank until the water running through it is clear. This will help to maintain the pressure tank and the rest of your water distribution system.
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.)