Having your own personal water system and access to clean water is invaluable. There’s a long list of benefits that come along with having your own well water. However, one thing to keep in mind is the upkeep of your water system and making sure that it’s clean for you and your family. If your well water comes straight from the ground to your tap it’s likely to be full of high amounts of minerals and contaminants, which can sometimes be dangerous.
The best thing that you can do to prevent any kind of misfortune concerning your water would be to treat it.
The Dangers of Contaminated Water
If you aren’t sure what you’re doing its incredibly easy for your well water to become contaminated, which can lead to various short and long term effects on the body. It’s often almost impossible to tell contaminated water from safe drinking water when just observing it with the human eye. And just because your neighbors water is safe, doesn’t mean that yours is as well!
Oftentimes naturally occurring chemical and minerals, such as copper, radon, calcium and arsenic seep their way into pools of water. Other kinds of chemicals like pesticides and herbicides are also able to contaminate water in this same way. Industrial work or fuel drilling can lead to high levels of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in your water, as well heavy metals from things like mining or mishandled waste. Malfunctioning sewers or messed up septic systems too close to the well can also seep contaminants into the water.
Some of these contaminants can simply affect the taste or look of your water. But other contaminants, when introduced to the human body, can lead to some serious health risks!
How to Keep your Well Water Safe
The first thing to do when addressing your well water is to keep an eye out for any signs of issues. The best things to keep in mind are: the taste, smell, and look of your water, the surrounding environment of your well, and the taste, smell and look of things that your water comes in contact with (like laundry, plumbing, and yes, even you!). If something seems off be safe and get the water tested.
Otherwise, it’s best to just test your water on a yearly basis. After testing you can assess the issues with your water and choose the best way to go about filtering and treating it- and there’s a ton of different treatment options out there to choose from.
The Faulstick Difference
It’s incredibly important to get your well water tested and treated to keep it safe for yourself, your family, and your friends. We recommend always observing your system and doing yearly testing to look for contaminants. Choose the best treatment option for you from there based on the contaminants found. After that, sit back and enjoy your crystal clear, fresh water on the daily!
At Faulstick Plumbing, we specialize in installs, repairs, and inspections for all of your well, water, and plumbing needs. Our family-owned and operated business has built a reputation as the best-doing things the right way with the customer in mind, every time. Give us a call at 570-992-0447 to discuss your needs today!