Well Water Treatment System Maintenance
The National Ground Water Association estimates that approximately 95 percent of rural Americans rely on groundwater for their home water use. Your work does not end after your well installation. Regular maintenance is essential for safe drinking water. The extent of the maintenance depends upon the type of water treatment system you have.
You can extend the life of your water treatment system through regular maintenance. This will ensure that mechanical parts are functioning correctly to help you avoid expensive repair costs. Maintenance will also ensure that your device is running at peak performance. The primary benefit is safe drinking water. When you are on a private well system, it is up to you to make sure your system is treating your water properly.
An external inspection of your water treatment system will reveal any obvious signs of damage or wear. Staining of the equipment or surrounding area may indicate a leak or some other failure of the device. Rust-colored stains are an indication of excessive iron in your water. This may occur if you have older, unlined cast-iron pipes in your home. You should also inspect your well and your water treatment system after floods, recommends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You may need to hire a contractor for more extensive maintenance.
If your treatment system includes some kind of filtration device, you may need to replace the filters periodically. Filters trap suspended contaminants in the water. Sometimes, they may become clogged or damaged from heavy use. Other treatment devices such as reverse osmosis systems may require replacement of parts, such as filter membranes, every few years. In addition, water treatment company H2O to GO recommends an annual sanitization and recharge of your reverse osmosis system. Consult the manufacturer for more information.
Annual water testing is a standard part of well water systems maintenance regardless of whether you have a treatment system or not, recommends the Water Systems Council. If your treatment system malfunctions, you will not be able to detect a problem with respect to certain contaminants, such as arsenic, without water testing. If you live on agricultural land, you may want to test your water more frequently.
To ensure that your system is running properly, only hire certified well contractors to service your system, recommends the National Ground Water Association. States vary on well codes and other regulations that may apply to your private well. A professional contractor will be able to perform the necessary maintenance on your water treatment system safely and legally.
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