Over 15 million U.S. households receive their water from private ground water wells. While the EPA regulates public drinking water systems, they do not regulate private water systems. Because of this, homeowners with private wells are responsible for the safety of their water and should have their water tested regularly.
If you are looking for water testing and treatment options, call Len The Plumber. Our experienced technicians can test for things such as pH level, iron, and mineral content and use the results to offer a treatment plan. Or, if you have already had your water tested and are looking for water treatments, we can provide you with the appropriate system to ensure you have safe, great-tasting drinking water.
For well water testing and treatment in the Mid-Atlantic region, Len The Plumber is here to help. Give us a call at 800-950-4619 or contact us online to learn more about our water filtration services.
pH Level Testing
The pH level, “potential hydrogen,” tells you how acidic your water is. The pH level of water can change how your water looks and tastes. When water has a low pH, it means that the water is more acidic and can be corrosive and harmful to any metals with which it comes into contact. This is a cause for concern because the corrosion can seep into the water you drink.
When water has high levels of pH, it is considered to be “hard water.” Hard water tends to make water have a bad taste. It causes limescale buildup on plumbing fixtures and pipes. Even washing your hair with hard water can make your hair look dull, and you’ll need to use more soap to get lather. Hard water can also damage your water heater—see the chart below that shows how hard water can affect the efficiency of your water heater over time.
The reason to test for iron is that high iron in well water can cause yellow, red, or brown stains on laundry, dishes, and plumbing fixtures. In addition, iron can clog sprinklers and appliances such as dishwashers, which can lead to costly repairs. Iron gives a metallic taste to water and can affect foods and beverages when high-iron water is used in cooking.
Well Water Treatment Options
There are many different treatment options for the treatment of well water since no single treatment will protect you against all problems. Homeowners use a water treatment unit to:
- Remove specific contaminants
- Protect your home from corrosion
- Improve the taste of drinking water
Homeowners have two water treatment options: either a point-of-use or a point-of-entry system. Both are systems that Len The Plumber can install. Point-of-entry systems are typically installed after the water meter or well tank and treat most of the water entering a residence. Point-of-use systems are systems that treat water in batches and deliver water to a tap, such as a kitchen or bathroom sink or a secondary faucet mounted next to a tap. Wondering which is best for your home? One of our well water treatment experts can help you decide!
The most common types of household water treatment systems consist of:
A water filter is a device which removes impurities from water by means of a physical barrier.
A water softener is a device that reduces the hardness of the water. A water softener removes the calcium and magnesium ions that create “hardness.”
Disinfection is a physical or chemical treatment where microorganisms are killed. Chlorine and chlorine dioxide are examples of chemical treatment options, while an ultraviolet system is an example of a physical disinfectant. Ultraviolet (UV) systems use UV light to kill microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. The effectiveness of UV is determined by how clear the water is, so it is important that dirty water is filtered before using UV for disinfection.
Reverse Osmosis Systems
Reverse osmosis systems use pressure to force water through a membrane casing. These systems help reduce the concentration of minerals, such as sodium and chloride, and heavy metals, such as copper, chromium, and lead. In addition, some of these systems can also reduce contaminants like arsenic, fluoride, and nitrates.
Call Len The Plumber for Well Water Testing & Treatment
Our team of certified well water technicians is ready to help you with all your water filtration needs. From hard water to high iron and more, we’ll determine the cause of your issues and suggest the best filtration solutions for your needs.
If you have concerns about your water and are looking for well water treatment companies “near me” in the Mid-Atlantic region, give Len The Plumber a call today! You can reach us at 800-950-4619 or contact us online to get started.