Monthly Archives: July 2018

Water Well Treatment for Lead Contamination

Lead contamination in a water well requires immediate treatment. Any level of corrosivity in the water supply can be dangerous, increasing the likelihood of serious health issues.

Experts recommend that residential well owners test their water quality at least once every year. If your results reveal lead contamination, a professional contractor can take steps to determine the cause and provide effective water well treatment to eliminate the problem.

Water Well Treatment for Lead Contamination

Check the Well Pump System

Older water well pump systems can be a source of lead. Consequently, each pump component must be thoroughly examined. The joints that connect the pump to the piping may also be a problem because, prior to 1986, lead-based solder was typically used in the connections.

Brass or bronze household fixtures may also be responsible for contamination in the water supply.

Evaluate the Service Lines

Lead from service lines can also contaminate the water supply, as lines installed before 1986 commonly contain lead-based solder.

For effective well treatment, contractors need to identify the pipe material used. Plastic piping is generally safe, and copper usually results in a low level of contamination. Dull metal pipes are probably galvanized steel, which can contain lead. If the surface material is shiny metal, lead is likely the main material used in the service lines.

Upgrade Well System Components

If any parts of a residential well system have unsafe levels of lead, they’ll need to be replaced to ensure that no further contamination affects the water supply.

An experienced professional water well contractor can install lead-free system components that have been proven to prevent contaminants from leaching into residential wells. To replace underground plumbing lines, pipes and household fixtures that contain lead, assistance from a local plumber may be necessary.

Consider a Water Treatment System

Replacing well system components, plumbing pipes and service lines that contain lead can eliminate the problem at its source. However, treating contamination in this manner can be expensive. For that reason, many residential well owners instead opt to have water well treatment devices installed. Filters, distillers and reverse osmosis units can be effective for treatment, reducing the amount of lead to a safe level.

If you’re concerned about lead contamination in your residential well, contact a qualified expert for help. To protect your family’s health and your peace of mind, schedule a consultation with the Z-Team professionals at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC.

As a trusted Intermountain West industry leader for over 30 years, the licensed Z-Team contractors have the expertise to test and treat residential wells for a full range of pollutants. For more information on water well treatment for lead contamination in Utah and Wyoming, contact our Salt Lake City office today to schedule a free consultation.

Residential Water Well System Components

If you own a residential water well system – or are planning to drill one on your property – you should be at least a little familiar with the main components. Having a basic understanding of how the system works can help you troubleshoot problems and may give you an appreciation of proper well maintenance.

Residential Water Well System Components

Ready to learn? Below, we explain the function of six important residential water well system components.

Casing

Casing is the steel or plastic tube that provides a path for groundwater flow. Along with grout, this 4- to 6-inch diameter lining keeps the water confined to prevent contamination and sedimentation.

Well Cap

The top of the casing is covered by a cap, which provides a water-tight seal that blocks contaminants, pollutants and insects from entering the water well system. Most caps feature vented screens to allow for pressure equalization during pumping.

Well Screen

The screen acts as a strainer, sitting along the bottom of the casing and filtering out sand, gravel and sediments. For residential water wells, continuous slot, slotted pipe and perforated pipe screens are typically used.

Pressure Tank

The pressure tank stores water for household use, and it can be found inside your home. The level of pressure inside the tank is monitored, and a switch automatically turns the pump on or off as needed.

Well Pump

The pump is the well system component responsible for drawing water up from the ground and moving it into your home. For residential water wells, two type of pumps — above-ground jet pumps and submersible pumps – are commonly used.

Pitless Adapter

A pitless adapter creates a sanitary and frost-proof seal between the casing and the main water line that runs to the home. Adapters are connected to the casing below the frost line for the area, and they function to divert water horizontally to prevent the pump and pipes from freezing during cold weather.

All of these residential water well system components work together, and if one has a problem, your household water supply could be affected. With proper maintenance, however, you shouldn’t have that worry. For advice on how to maintain your water well, talk to the Z-Team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC.

The licensed Z-Team contractors also have the skill, knowledge and expertise to troubleshoot problems and complete quality, affordable repair or replacement of damaged system components.

After more than 30 years of drilling and maintaining wells throughout Utah and Wyoming, the licensed Z-team contractors are known for expert workmanship and stellar customer service. Contact our Salt Lake City office and schedule a free consultation to learn more about your residential water well system components today.