Many homes throughout North Carolina use well water, which has unique benefits and challenges. Well water is an excellent choice for homes that are far away from a municipal water source and for homeowners who want to be self-sufficient. Plus, water from a well on your own property is free.
However, well water also has some disadvantages. It can contain a significant number of impurities, some of which can be harmful to your health and unpleasant to taste. Fortunately, it’s easy to overcome these issues with the right filtration system.
Water quality can vary greatly depending on the exact location of the well. For example, if you live relatively close to an industrial site, your well water might have a high concentration of certain metals or chemicals. Environmental factors can also affect the purity of your well water.
Unlike with municipal water, you can’t just assume that the water coming out of your tap is safe and pure. If you have a well, you are the one responsible for testing the water and filtering/treating it to get rid of harmful substances. As such, it’s essential to understand the common issues with well water:
If you aren’t sure about the quality of your well water, there are several signs that can indicate a potential problem:
If you notice any of these issues, it’s important to get your well water analyzed to understand what contaminants are causing the problems. However, it’s not always obvious when there is an issue with your well water, which is why it’s vital to test it often.
There are two main choices for a well water filtration system: a whole-house filter or point-of-use filters. While small point-of-use filters are inexpensive and easy to install, they aren’t as efficient as whole-house filters. A whole-house filtration system offers several unique benefits:
If you have extremely hard well water, you may want to get a water softening system along with a whole-house filter. Together, these systems create soft, pure, great-tasting water that’s easily available throughout your entire home.
When you are choosing a filter, you need to consider the issues that are unique to well water.
Filtration systems come in different sizes. For example, if you have a lot of people in your household and frequently use the shower, washing machine, and kitchen faucet simultaneously, you need to make sure you choose a filtration system that can provide an adequate flow rate. If you get a system that is too small for your home, you may have to change the filter too frequently.
Well water can contain several different types of impurities:
Sulfur is another common contaminant, and it can give your water an unpleasant “rotten egg” smell.
There are different ways to filter water. Some systems use UV or infrared filters to kill bacteria. Activated carbon filters absorb contaminants and are particularly good at removing iron, lead, bacteria, and pesticides. If your water has a lot of heavy metals and fluoride, a reverse osmosis filter may be best. The specifications of your well will determine the best type of filtration system for your home. For example, if your well has a water holding tank, you may need a different treatment method than if you have a gravity-fed system.
Well water has many benefits, but it needs an aggressive filtration system to remove the chemicals, metals, and minerals that it often contains. At Dr. Johns H2O, we have experience with a wide range of water issues, including those common in well water. We’ll help you identify the exact contaminants in your water and recommend a cost-effective and efficient filtration system. To schedule a free water analysis service, call our office at 336-852-2525 or use the form below.