We offer water services in Central Connecticut - from pressure tanks to whole-house filtration systems we can take care of all your water needs.
Connecticut is a beautiful state with many benefits including certain areas that have access to well water. The following are a few things you might want to know about well water systems in terms of benefits and maintenance needs:
The Benefits of a Well Water System
There are many advantages of well water to explore. Everyone has read or seen news reports of possible contaminants that can end up in public drinking water - stories of certain industries leaking or dumping hazardous materials or items such as pharmaceutical waste materials showing up in tests.
Needless to say, there are many potential problems that find their way into the public drinking supply.
Public water is treated before it comes into a home, but the filtration systems in some areas leave much to be desired. The reason is items like chlorine and other things show up in water tests.
One of the biggest benefits of using well water is that this chlorinated water is avoided, which is a definite win.
There are many other benefits worth noting like the following:
- The ability to test water yourself to ensure its purity
- Having the choice between filtered and unfiltered water
- Utilizing a water system that is a lot greener than its alternative
Of course, these are just some of the benefits that you can expect, but there are a few things to that need to be considered.
Well Pump Services
- Submersible pump systems
- Irrigation pump conversions
- Constant pressure systems
- Atmospheric storage systems
- City water booster pumps
- Submersible changeovers
- Well pump installations
- Well pump inspections
- Well pump repair & service
- Preventative maintenance program
Understanding Well-Water Maintenance
It would be great if you did not have worry about maintenance, but you do. There are a number of reasons why most would recommend that well water is filtered or at least tested often.
For one, naturally-occurring minerals could invade well water. Most minerals do not cause issues, but some could lead to problems if they are slightly concentrated.
The ingredients you do not want concentrated are the following:
There are also man-made chemicals that some well owners have to worry about. Yes, your well water is far from the city, but that does not mean companies cannot place their manufacturing plants near your home. This means their waste could end up contaminating your well water.
The same thing goes for farmers who might be using pesticides or herbicides. This makes it quite important for you to be aware of the surrounding potential hazards seeping into the water supply. Although deep wells protect you for the most part, it's still important to know the potential for contamination.
There is still more to consider; for example, poorly maintained septic systems could end up hurting the well, which is one of the reason why your plumber is going to recommend that the septic system be checked and maintained.
There are a number of things that can be done to avoid some of these issues. For one, you need a deep water well. Deeper wells tend to be safer and cleaner. You can also have the water well tested frequently for heavy metal contamination, bacteria, nitrates, or other contaminants that could be near the water well. This should be performed at least once a year just to be safe.
Mineral built-up can also be a problem, and you should know the signs such as the following:
- Excess copper might turn everything green, including your hair
- Too much iron can make water taste metallic and cause rust accumulation
- Large amounts of calcium could lead to discolored garments or soap lathering difficulties
It is clear to see why filtration systems are recommended because they can make sure none of these issues affect your home.
Installing a Filtration System
One of the easiest things a well owner can do is ensure that the filter being consider has the NSF Certification, meaning it has been proven to remove the contaminants it promises to remove.
Water Testing Services
- Bad taste or smell
- Stained plumbing fixtures or laundry
- Recurring gastrointestinal illness
- Household plumbing contains lead
- Corrosion in pipes/plumbing
- Water appears cloudy, frothy, or colored
- Salty taste and nearby seawater or heavily salted road
- Scaly residues and soaps don't lather
- Rapid wear of water treatment equipment
- Water softener needed to treat hardness
- Nearby areas of intensive agriculture
- Coal or other mining operations nearby
- Gas drilling operations nearby
- Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory, gas station or dry-cleaning operation nearby
- Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanks
The following are just a few types of filters that you can use:
This type of filter removes everything from the water, including minerals that are good in small amounts. It is a good way to make sure that nothing gets through your system. Keep in mind that these types of filters fail to use all the water, which means you need to find out how to use excess water. Most people with this type of filter just use the water to irrigate their gardens.
Carbon well water filters remove a lot from water, except heavy metals though this might not affect you if you know that your region does not have this problem. What makes carbon filters desirable is they can remove specific contaminants, so do your research and find an option that suits your particular needs. It might be a good idea to test your water a few times to figure out the kinds of contaminants that show up more often should there be any.
Home Water Filtration Systems
Everyone knows house filtration systems since they can be used in the city and in homes that use well water. Keep in mind that these are specific, too, so make sure that you pay attention to the kinds of contaminants that each filter will remove.
Plumbing Knowledge is Essential
One thing that is often overlooked regarding well water is the plumbing, which is distributing the well water throughout your home.
For over 60 years Advance Plumbing and Heating has been helping homeowners keep their home's plumbing and well systems working properly. Troubleshooting situations such as that the well pump system, or if you notice some water pressure loss.
Of course, all water pressure loss is not pointing toward a pump problem as it might tell you that you have a pressure tank issue or a leak. This is yet another complicated issue that our plumbers can help you deal with. The point is that it can save you time and money to have a licensed plumber that also is trained in well water services.
Keep in mind that most well system problems can be prevented by simply keeping up with proper and recommended maintenance.
For all your well system needs, please call us.