After purchasing a home in the country on a private well, many of our customers have encountered unpalatable or dangerous water for the first time. The well water might be rusty, full of sediment, possess a foul odor or bad smell, or perhaps include harmful bacteria that induce sickness. While it can seem complicated to select the right well water treatment systems and water filtration system, it is much easier once you know the common potential mistakes and tips homeowners should consider when making these purchases.
The article below will discuss how you can choose the right water filtration system for your home.
Make water chemistry a deciding factor in your water treatment choice
Depending on where you live, you may notice that your well water has a foul odor associated with it. This may indicate that bacteria or toxic materials are making their way into your water stream. If you have well water in an area adjacent to agricultural land with livestock waste, you should get a bacteria test on your water to see if that is the culprit.
Additionally, if your water has an “off” taste or smell overall, but it is not placed near areas where livestock waste would be a problem, you may want to get a general mineral test to see if the presence of minerals is to blame.
Some problems are best solved when you know your water’s chemistry. Since we know that well water tends to be acidic, most experts recommend treating the water’s acidity level before attempting to lower iron bacteria or tackle other problems. Certain treatments don’t work as well in acidic water conditions, so it’s essential to do your research and talk to an expert before you commit to a water filtration system.
Get familiar with the mechanics of well water system pumps
Knowing how your well water system’s pump works will make you better equipped to choose the right water treatment. If you don’t know how your well water system’s pump works, your treatment method could reduce the water pressure and flow or make it difficult to manage because of higher water pressure than usual. If your system uses a pressure tank, you’ll also want to consider this since you have to put the treatment system in place after the pressure tank’s installation has taken place. Otherwise, you risk damaging the well and driving up the cost of treating your water system.
Choose treatment methods based on your water system’s needs
It might sound like a no-brainer, but there’s no “one size fits all” approach to treating water. While shopping around for a water filtration system, you’ll want to know your water system’s problems and mechanics well enough to pick a system that addresses those issues. You’ll also want to see how a filtration system will affect the water system. In this process, being informed is key.
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