The fresh, open air and quiet are two reasons that people seek out homes in the country. One thing that they often don’t account for, however, is well water. Unlike city water that is extracted from lakes and treated, well water comes from groundwater. Wells are drilled into the ground and a system of pumps and pipes brings it into the household. Unfortunately, well water tends to have problems. The good news, however, is that there are easy solutions to these problems that can assist with.
Problem #1: The Odor and Taste
It is not uncommon for well water to have a particularly foul odor, one that some would describe as “rotten eggs.” This smell makes the water unpleasant to shower in, wash dishes with, and especially drink. This is especially true of hot water, because the smell becomes much fouler once the well water has been heated. Often, the rotten egg odor associated with well water is caused by an abundance of the mineral sulfur.
The best option in this case is a sulfur filter. You can choose a filter that works solely on sulfur or you can choose one that targets other minerals as well (which you will learn about shortly). Sulfur filters often use an injector that intermittently releases chlorine into your line, to neutralize the smell and taste of your well water.
Problem #2: Hard Water
Another common problem that you may experience when you have well water is hard water. Hard water is caused by dissolved calcium and magnesium ions in the water. Hard water results in a number of problems, including:
• Irritation of eczema and other skin conditions
• A scratchy feeling of clothing
• Damage to your water pipes
• Spots on washed dishes
When you have hard water, the easiest solution is a water softening system or a magnetic water conditioning system. Either of these options will make your water softer and eliminate the problems you are having.
Problem #3: Salt, Pesticide, and Other Contamination
It is not uncommon for wells that contain water to be contaminated by things like salt or pesticides. Unfortunately, when the water in the well becomes contaminated, it flows through your pipes and into your home. Regardless of the type of contamination in your well, it is very often caused by the location of your well. Sometimes, wells are drilled in areas that are downhill to runoff, whether it is salt, chemicals, or oil. Then, the contaminants that seep into rivers and lakes are able to reach your groundwater. The solution in this case is usually drilling an entire new well. The best thing to do is to consider where water runoff is coming before you drill the first well, however, this is not always a feasible option, especially if you did not drill the well yourself.
Problem #4: Staining
When you have a lot of iron in your well water, it can lead to staining of appliances. This can make sinks, washers, and other appliances that come into contact with water have a yellow or orange stain. The remedy for this is an iron filter, as it is the iron in the water that causes the stains. You can use an iron water filter as a standalone or use a filter that tackles this and several other problems at the same time.
Well water can quickly turn your dream home out in the country into a home that has a few downsides. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to get rid of some of the problems associated with well water. The first step is to test the water and find out what is wrong with it. Then, talk to a specialist to find the best solutions for your well water from there.