My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
As a homeowner or business owner who owns a private well and well pump, you probably know that it's your own responsibility to do quality control on your water supply. Whether you use your well water for drinking or not, its quality and level of contaminants can still significantly affect your life. For example, hard water can prevent your soap from foaming, turn the inside of your bathtub orange, and make all your glasses take on a dull, filmy appearance. Contaminants such as arsenic can still cause health problems even if you only use the water for cooking and not for drinking. So to keep you and your family safe, you should keep up with these three types of testing recommended by the CDC for private wells.
1. Water quality indicators
These are things you test for that aren't necessarily problems but that may cause problems or indicate that other problems exist. Some of these quality indicators the CDC recommends you test for include coliforms (a type of bacteria) and extreme water pH.
Minerals in your water are usually benign and can include calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, and others. If your water is "hard," it contains calcium and magnesium; however, other minerals such as iron may also be included, which can cause staining in the plumbing system and, even most noticeably, in your bathtub. However, not all minerals are so benign. Fluoride can cause health problems when found in unusually large amounts, and arsenic and lead are sometimes also found in well water. You only have to test for these minerals once every couple of years, since the levels of minerals found in the ground water in your region aren't likely to change significantly any faster than that.
Contaminants include bacteria and other harmful organisms as well as chemicals (such as pesticides) that may enter the well water from nearby areas. Because these contaminants can be highly damaging to your health and contamination can occur faster than is likely to happen with minerals, the EPA recommends that you test for this type of problem every year.
Testing for all these three types of issues should be done on a regular basis. Keep yourself up-to-date on how healthy your well water is and whether you need to install any treatment systems, and you won't have to worry about hidden threats in your water supply.
For more information about well drilling or water testing, contact companies like Valley Drilling Corporation of VA.