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Spring Well Water Supply Issues to Look Out For

As winter gives way to spring, homeowners everywhere are taking a few basic steps to prepare their properties and various areas for the warm season. For the millions of Americans who receive their water from a water well, this is also an important time of year.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer a variety of water well treatment services, including water well inspections that many well owners desire during these transitional seasons like spring or fall. Spring inspections, in particular, help well owners identify a few potential seasonal water well supply issues that may arise – here are some basics on these issues and how we’ll help you avoid them heading into spring and summer.

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Agricultural Runoff

The first issue is a contamination concern called agricultural runoff that often occurs during changing seasons. It happens when irrigation water travels away from farm fields, yards and other large areas as a result of snow melting, spring rain and even homeowners beginning irrigation early in the spring. This runoff accumulates pollutants as it moves.

From here, these pollutants are deposited into areas that many wells might be drawing water from. This is less of a concern if your water well is placed on high ground, but even these well owners might have reason to be concerned if their well was drilled near a farm facility or septic system. If identified, such runoff contamination concerns will require filtration to remedy.

Salt Contamination

In addition, areas like Utah are prone to salt contamination following the winter season. This is because salt is used in high quantities for roads and driveways during the snowy and icy winter – but this salt dissolves in water and often finds its way into lakes and streams, where it can be transported into well water supplies.

Luckily, identifying this issue will allow for simple remedies. Reverse osmosis systems are commonly used to counteract salt contamination in a water supply.

Odor Problems

Finally, you may notice a strong smell coming from your well water supply during thawing phases. This is created by hydrogen sulfide gas – even a tiny amount of this substance can create a major negative odor you’ll notice throughout the home, not just near water supplies.

Technically speaking, this isn’t an area that causes any potential health risks, as sulfur on its own is not harmful to humans in these amounts. But the significant smell is often a major issue for many homeowners, particularly if you have guests regularly. There are many air-injection filters that will oxidize sulfur and filter it out of your system before this occurs, however.

For more on handling possible spring water well supply issues, or to learn how our well inspections help here or about any of our well water drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Water Well Testing Frequency and Other Details

All homes require a healthy, safe drinking water source, and for homes that draw their water from a water well, this means testing is a vital element to maintain. The only true way to tell if your well water is safe is to have it regularly tested – the potential contaminants in water are invisible to the naked eye and may not even show up in taste or odor format, either.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, water well testing is just one part of our comprehensive well inspection services, which we’re happy to offer to water well owners throughout the year. As we enter the spring, a period where many well owners choose to have an inspection performed for several reasons, let’s look at why well water testing is important, how often it should generally be done, and the kinds of tests that our professionals will perform during these appointments.

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Why Testing Matters

Testing of well water is important for multiple reasons, each of which pertain directly to the quality of your water and lack of contaminants. For starters, it helps you identify any current issues present in the well, including contaminants present from a variety of potential sources.

In addition, it ensures your water is safe for drinking if it does not contain such contaminants. It also tracks how these elements change over time, plus helps you determine how effective your well’s native treatment system is – in many cases, testing identifies issues within this system that can be remedied for a more efficient, healthy flow of water.

Testing Frequency and Locations

Generally speaking, experts recommend that private water wells be tested at least once per year, if not more than once. In cases where your well is on the shallow end – less than 100 feet deep – it should be tested twice per year.

One important note on testing that our pros will also detail for you: It should be done both at the tap and at the original source. Performing both theses tests helps you understand if the treatment system within your home is working properly or whether there might be issues taking place within the transportation system.

Potability and Other Tests

The primary test our water well professionals will perform is called a basic water potability test, which identifies a number of potential contaminants and also a few other factors important for water wells. These include:

  • Coliform bacteria
  • Nitrate (particularly dangerous to newborn babies)
  • Ions
  • Sulfate
  • Fluoride (good in small amounts, but potentially dangerous in excessive quantities)
  • Total dissolved solids (the amount of inorganic substances dissolved in water)

There may be other tests we recommend if we find certain contaminants in your water, such as arsenic, selenium, uranium or various pesticides.

For more on water well testing frequency and details, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.