Having a well feeding water to your home can offer the benefit of pure, clean water without the chemicals used by most water treatment facilities for purifying it. Well water is not perfect, however. It can be filled with minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium that should be filtered out to make the water taste better and help avoid damage to the water system.
Sand and Silt Filtration
When you have a well drilled on your property, there is always the possibility that you will have some sand or silt wash into the well from the bedrock. While a small amount of sand in the bottom may not even be noticeable, if there is enough that it gets pulled into the system, it can cause damage to the pump, the filtration system, the pressure tank, and the pipes in your home. The most common solution is to install a sand separator at the pump and keep the sand from ever making its way in.
Hard Water and Mineral Contaminants
Hard water is basically water that has a lot of heavy minerals in it. Iron, calcium, and magnesium are the most common minerals to come from a well. These minerals can cause problems for the system and actually affect the health of your family if not dealt with. Iron and Calcium can build up in the pipes and system over time, and if left there, they will eventually block the flow of water through the system. The repair involves replacing the pipes that are affected and potential damage to your pressure tank as well. From a health standpoint, hard water dries out your skin and hair, often tastes bad, and can cause flare-ups for people with eczema or other skin conditions.
Whole house filtration systems are one of the best options for getting the water coming into your home clean. These systems have a lot of options in the way they are setup and can be used to soften water, filtering out the iron, calcium, and magnesium before it enters the pressure tank and your home's plumbing. There are also options for UV filtering to kill bacteria if you need it. Talk with the well company that you are working with. They typically have a dedicated technician that deals with the pump, water systems, and the requirements for making them work properly. They will be able to help you make the right choices.
Have the system inspected yearly and test the water if anything seems different so that you can stay on top of changes. Keep in mind, water coming from the ground can be affected by changes far below the surface that you never see, so just because the well is good today, it could change tomorrow. Keeping up with the maintenance and regular testing is the best way to catch problems before they cause issues.
For more information, contact local professionals like Valley Drilling Corp.