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FAQs

Why should I have my well water supply tested?

Typically, groundwater is naturally clean and safe for using, because the top layers of soil act as a natural filter. However, contamination may occur improper installation of well casings or caps, after a break in the casing, or as a result of contaminated surface water entering the well. Contamination can also occur if water wells are drilled in fractured bedrock without enough protective soil and with less than the recommended minimum casing length .Contamination can also occur over time as more and more wells are drilled into the same aquifer ( water-bearing layer). Water wells should be properly maintained and the water tested regularly to ensure the safety and quality of your water supply and to prevent the possibility of illness.

What tests can be performed on my well water supply?

There are generally two types of tests that can be performed on your well water supply – a Bacteriological Analysis and a Chemical Analysis. The Bacteriological Analysis determines the microbiological quality of the water supply by looking for the presence of certain bacteria that are indicative of fecal ( sewage or manure ) contamination.
The Chemical Analysis , on the other hand, determines the concentration of naturally occurring minerals( or chemicals) in your well water supply. Most of these minerals only affect the aesthetic quality of the water (taste, odor and color), however, there are a few minerals that can adversely affect human health.

How often should I test my well water supply?

Bacterial Analysis:
  •  Yearly under normal circumstance.
  •  After lengthy periods of non-use, more than a year.
  •  If you are expecting a newborn in the house.
  •  If you are new to the house or property.
  •  If you have never had the water tested
  •  If household members experience gastrointestinal illness and you suspect the water.
 
Chemical Analysis:
  •  Every 5 years under normal circumstance.
  •  After lengthy periods of non- use, more than a year.
  •  If you are expecting a new born.
  •  If you are new to the house or property.
  •  If you have never had the water tested before.

What is hard water?

Hard water is water that has the minerals calcium and magnesium dissolved into it. These minerals come from sedimentary rock such as limestone that is dissolved into the ground water and makes it difficult to lather up soaps and also builds up in your plumbing fixtures.

Why do my sinks,Toilets, and shower walls turn yellow or orange?

The colors you see are actually iron stains. Iron is very common in well water and can be found in three different forms.
  • Ferrous Iron ( dissolved-not visible) this is the most common type of iron. Water appears clear when drawn but when mixed with oxygen turns yellow .
  • Ferric Iron (Suspended- Visible) This type is mixed with oxygen which form an actual particle that can be seen.
  •  Iron Bacteria- This is a harmless bacteria that feeds on iron forming a slimy growth in pressure tanks, softeners, plumbing and toilet tanks. This type also clogs filters and is difficult to remove.

Why does my water smell like rotten eggs?

Hydrogen sulfide gas is a naturally occurring contaminant , which gives
water a disagreeable rotten egg odor or taste. This usually indicates the presence of some form of non-harmful mineral reducing bacteria in the well. Testing is very difficult because it is a gas and it comes out of solution very quickly. There are no known health effects; however hydrogen sulfide can also make the water somewhat corrosive.

Why does soft water make my skin feel slippery when bathing?

Soap residue does not rinse off easily in hard water. In soft water it does rinse off easily therefore you do not need to use as much soap. Soft water also allows your natural oils to come through giving you softer and more healthy skin.
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