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Common Well Water Problems And How To Handle Them

Aug 8, 2008
Sometimes homeowners will have no other choice but to use a well on their property to get water from. In rural areas it is very common to have a well where there are no city or county water lines available. It is also common for home owners with well water to experience problems with the supply and quality of their well water. Some of these problems are easily fixed and some are not. It will all depend on what the problem is.

The most concerning well water problems are harmful bacteria like Coliform or E-coli. These bacteria can come and go in well water and are caused by decaying animals or even septic systems that contaminate the ground water. Well water should be tested periodically to determine whether these and other bacteria are present. The most common solution to this problem is boiling the water, which might not be that practical when it comes to running a large household, or by cleansing the water by using chlorine bleach.

Make sure if you use chlorine bleach that you know the proper amount to use and how often your well water should be treated. Using chlorine bleach can be a tricky process and you might wish to seek professional advice in order to solve a bacteria problem in your well. Your well water should be tested anytime you can detect a change in taste, odor, or appearance.

Other issues with well water include too many minerals like lime, iron, silica, sulfur, even arsenic can be found in well water. There are filters that you can use on the well pump itself, services that will treat and maintain your well water for you, and point of use filters that can be installed directly on faucets to eliminate many of these unwanted elements. Water filters come in a wide range of prices and it will be up to you to choose the one that will better suit your needs.

If you use a well, and over forty percent of the people in our country do, and there is a natural disaster flood, do not use your well for drinking or even washing until you have had it inspected and cleaned. It might very well need flushing out to restore the water to its former condition. You never want to use well water that is unsafe for your family to consume or use on a daily basis.
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