August is National Water Quality Month, and we’ll take this opportunity to talk about water wells. In the United States, many families rely on groundwater for their primary drinking water supply. If you own a private well, these tips will help you ensure that your water is safe for drinking and domestic use.
Test Your Water Well
While drinking water is vital for good health, you can’t take water quality for granted. Biological, physical, and radiological conditions play a role in affecting water quality.
If there is too much calcium or magnesium dissolved in your water, these minerals can form a build-up and clog your pipes, leading to a costly repair. The presence of coliform bacteria in your water won’t do any harm to your home, but will potentially cause gastrointestinal illnesses.
According to the National Ground Water Association, you should test your water well on a yearly basis. It’s strongly recommended that you hire a certified or licensed contractor to inspect your private well. These professionals are familiar with water quality standards, so they can help you address any issues.
Poor Water Quality Signs
You don’t have to wait a year to get your water quality examined if you suspect that something is wrong. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends that private well owners keep an eye out for signs that your water isn’t safe to drink anymore:
- If your water tastes or smells strange, test it for hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, and metals.
- If your water looks cloudy, frothy, or colored, test it for detergents.
- If you notice rapid wear on your water treatment equipment, it might be caused by corrosion or inadequate pH control.
- If you live in an area with intensive agriculture, it’s important to test water for nitrate, pesticides, and coliform bacteria.
- If your water is tasting salty, test it for chloride, total dissolved solids, and sodium.
When was the last time you inspected your private water well? Whether you’re experiencing poor water quality symptoms or not, water is too important in our lives to be overlooked. Our team can help you determine if your water is contaminated or safe. Contact Sherlock Home Inspectors, Inc online or call 712-274-9617 to book an inspection today.