learn about the importance of water and well water testing

We all learned in school that water is the most important substance on Earth. Now, as a homeowner, we tend to forget about our water, but it still remains the most important substance. As a result, especially for homes that rely on private wells, well water testing is also a very important part of home maintenance.

What Does Well Water Testing Accomplish?

First and foremost, well water testing ensures your home contains safe drinking water. Additionally, as the CDC notes, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to test private wells.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules that protect public drinking water systems do not apply to individual water systems, such as privately owned wells. As an individual water system owner, it is up to you to make sure that your water is safe to drink.”

Furthermore, standard tests ensure high water quality by measuring the suitability of the water itself. Yes, even water testing includes key indicators, which measures the amount of certain germs and contaminants that negatively impact your water. Again, the CDC provides more information, including the following issues. However, for a more complete list, please review the Water-related Diseases and Contaminants in Private Wells for additional germs and chemicals frequently found in private wells.

  • Total Coliforms, which measures the amount of coliforms and indicates the possibility of harmful germs like viruses, bacteria, and parasites contained in the well water.
  • Fecal Coliforms and E. coli, which may not cause any harm, but indicate the substances in your water and possibly cause diarrhea, dysentery, and hepatitis.
  • pH Level, which measures the acidity in your water and impacts the taste or look of the water, along with possibly causing issues with leaking pipes.
  • Nitrates, which typically cause sickness when in high levels.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which derive from industrial run off and causes negative health effects.

Why Test My Well Annually?

The experts annual well water testing, but why? Essentially, over time, the quality of the well water source changes. Additionally, certain changes are hard to notice for any homeowner because the water may look, smell, and taste the same. Groundwater.org shares why an annual well water test makes sense.

Annual testing helps:

  • identify existing problems.
  • ensure suitable water for human or animal consumption.
  • track changes over time.
  • determine the effectiveness of the current treatment system.

However, in certain circumstances, more frequent testing may be required. The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends additional testing for homeowners in the following situations:

  • Anyone in the house notices a change in the taste, odor, or appearance of the well water.
  • Structural or environmental problems occur such as broken well caps, inundation by floodwaters or a contamination source develops.
  • History of bacterial contamination with the existing well.
  • Recently malfunctioning septic system.
  • Family members (or guests) endure recurrent incidents of gastrointestinal illness.
  • An infant lives in the home.
  • Issues with efficiency or performance of home water treatment equipment.

Finally, for anyone concerned about the safety of their well, contact the local health or environmental department for recommendations regarding the type and frequency of testing specific to your location.

What Does Well Maintenance Include?

Like everything in your home, a little standard maintenance helps improve the longevity and efficiency of any appliance, including your private well. Additionally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Ground Water Association (NGWA), note that standard maintenance differs between various regions. However, the major well water maintenance checks remain the same across the country.

  • Check the well cover or cap. Part of routine checks includes ensure the well remains covered or capped. Plus, the top of the well should be at least one foot above the ground.
  • Ensure separation of home systems. Consult with a professional water service technician reviewing your home systems, such as water, waste and chemical storage (if applicable) remain separate and do not mix.
  • Store hazardous materials properly. Any home that contains possible contaminants, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides or motor oil must be stored away from your well.
  • Work with a professional to close a well because improperly abandoned wells create a safety concern. Typically, wells maintain a servicable life around 20 years. Always work with an experienced water technician to decommission your existing well and construct a new well. Professional water technicians ensure the wells remain correctly sealed. Improperly sealed wells potentially act as a surface water conduit that may contaminate groundwater.

For more information about well water maintenance in Connecticut, then the Connecticut Department of Public Health offers an array of information.

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Naturally, providing safe water for your family remains a priority for any homeowner. And, due to the microorganisms that may live in contaminated water, it is scary to think about not knowing about poor quality water. Therefore, any home with a private well needs a reliable water quality specialist that understands the safety risks of well water.

For example, we evaluate the chemistry and characteristics of your water and provide you with the following details:

  • Mineral Content
  • Hardness Level
  • pH Level
  • Iron & Manganese
  • Sediment
  • Odor
  • Color & Turbidity
  • Nitrate Level
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

A comprehensive water analysis from SolvIt Water offers peace of mind knowing your home has high quality water. Conversely, if a problem does exist, you now have the facts you need to make the appropriate water treatment decisions.

Furthermore, our experienced Water Quality Specialists provide immediate results. Plus, we provide recommendations that address and correct any water quality issue that we uncover. Also, as an added benefit at no cost to you, we are happy to evaluate the performance of any existing equipment you have and inspect your well system. This includes your well pump, piping and pressure tank, so you can avoid the inconvenience of a disruption in your water supply.

No matter what the water condition problem is, SolvIt has the experience and skill to bring about long-lasting solutions. We install the very best water softening and filtration equipment plus we repair all makes and models should anything go wrong with your current system

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