Well water treatment advice and questions are answered here. And our goal is to provide the public with the information they need. So they can successfully purchase the correct water treatment equipment. Because too many people are being scammed by “slick willy” sales people. And are over-paying for equipment they may not need. Because many water treatment companies purposely sell marginal equipment on purpose. It is designed to create expensive service calls.
This leads to ongoing residual income for that company. Often leading to a shortened life span of the equipment. And your water problems are never properly resolved. So before you buy any water treatment equipment. Please read this page. We have many facts that will make your search for a water treatment system an inexpensive and safe one.
THREE IMPORTANT STEPS BEFORE FILTERING WELLS
Test your water. How can you fix it unless you know exactly what is in it? We can tell you how to get it tested for free. Email Us for instructions.
Determine your flow rate. This lets you know what SIZE filter can be placed on the water line. Get the wrong size and there will be trouble down the road. The flow rate is easy to determine in a couple of minutes. Email Us for instructions.
Visual for iron bacteria. It is simple to look in the storage tank of one of your toilets fo signs of organics or iron bacteria. Things that indicate if stuff will grow in your filters over time. It is easy to do. Email Us for instructions.
WHO SHOULD TEST YOUR WATER?
We recommend you NEVER let a company that sells water equipment test your water. You should get an INDEPENDENT test from a laboratory, health department, local university or your municipal water provider. We find the overwhelming majority of water testing performed by many well known companies to be inaccurate. Also, we caution you to never buy on the first night from an in-home sales company no matter how many free soaps or gimmicks that they offer you. We can even show you how to get FREE water testing. Email Us for instructions.
WHY TEST YOUR WATER?
It is essential that you get your water tested before you begin looking for water treatment equipment. The wrong information or lack of information about your water may lead to a misapplication. Make sure your results are accurate and from someone you trust.
If you haven’t had your water tested yet. That should be the very first step. You may be giving your family water with impurities and not even realizing it. Water goes through a lot of changes before it reaches your home. It collects impurities in the air as it falls as rain or snow. Additionally, it picks up sediments, minerals and contaminant’s as it seeps through the soil. Then it is treated by municipalities with various chemical disinfectants. But never have someone who sells water equipment come into your home to test. They can alter the results. There are plenty of easy and inexpensive ways to test. Several are FREE.
The critical factor is that water is a natural solvent and it dissolves and collects whatever it touches. That leads to plenty of natural water problems. Ultimately, the water is being contaminated faster than nature can clean it!
DOES A WATER SOFTENER TAKE OUT IRON?
If there is iron present in your water, we never recommend a softener to take care of that issue. Some companies are notorious for selling softeners when there are iron problems. They know full well this will work for a short amount of time, but it will eventually damage the softener. And it will start using way more salt. And eventually all lead to expensive and profitable service calls for that dealer. If the levels of iron in well water are very low, sometimes it is ok to use a softener.
But if it is enough iron to stain (0.3 ppm or higher). You don’t want that running to ANY water softener. Regardless of what the salesman tells you. Learn about how a water softener works and read our water softener installation tips for the do-it-yourself homeowner. Also check out the anatomy of an iron filter and see how iron filters actually work.
WHAT IF I HAVE BACTERIA IN MY WELL?
Most wells have some bacteria in them. Most bacteria are harmless. But if you have had a water test result that says you have e-coli bacteria, or coliform bacteria. Then you simply MUST get rid of it. The good news is that it is usually pretty easy and inexpensive to get rid off. Email Us for instructions.
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