How to Solve Your Well Water's Quality Problems

Posted on: 28 February 2017

If your home's well produces water that is less than palatable or contains toxic minerals, then you have many different ways to solve these problems. Some well water problems are easily fixed with a simple filter while others require more complex solutions.

To give you an idea of the solutions available for your water issues, here is a list of the most common well water problems and how they can be rectified to provide your family with cleaner and better quality well water:

The Well Water has a Yellow or Brown Color

There are two things that will turn your well water a yellow or brown color: excessive silt or excessive iron in the water. Excessive silt and sand can be removed from your well water using a simple cartridge filter. Install the filter between your submersible well pump and your holding tank. 

Excessive iron can be removed from your water using a regenerative bed filter. The iron filter should be plumbed into your water system between the holding tank and the pressure tank. This installation configuration will prevent iron buildup in your jet pump and pressure tank.

The Well Water has a Foul Odor

If your water has a foul odor, then it is likely caused by excessive biological material in your well. While the biological material is not unhealthy and the water will not make you ill, you can make it much more palatable by filtering it with a charcoal cartridge filter. The activated charcoal will remove the biological matter and eliminate the smell from the water. 

The Well Water Too Hard

It is very common for well water to contain calcium compounds that leave scale on plumbing fixtures and clog pipes. When water has a lot of scale-producing compounds, the water is said to be "hard." To remove the hardness from the water, you should install a water softening agent. The water softener should be installed where your water enters into your home rather than near your well equipment. The reason for this is that you do not need to soften the water that goes to your landscaping and garage. 

The Well Water Contains Arsenic

Finally, in many parts of the country, it is common to have arsenic in the groundwater. For this reason, you should have your well water tested and if you find arsenic then you will need to install a specialized arsenic filter to remove it.

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