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Causes and Solutions for Water Softener Iron Issues, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on why your water well’s water softener, which does so well against many contaminant types, tends to struggle with high iron content. Iron is a particularly fussy contaminant type, one that often overwhelms standard water softeners and requires additional solutions if water iron content is high.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to provide both water softening services and additional water well treatment solutions for those dealing with high iron content or any other major contaminant. In today’s part two, we’ll dig into the best solutions if your water has high iron content, including both contaminant removal and iron bacteria issues you may run into.

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Solutions for High-Iron Water

For starters, it’s important to understand how iron works in your water to grasp how you’ll deal with it. Water contains two primary iron types: Ferritic iron, also called red water iron, and ferrous iron, also called soluble iron. The former is not soluble and can be seen by the naked eye, while the latter dissolves in water, is invisible, and is far more complex to remove from water – doing so involves oxidizing the water before removal.

For many systems, the simplest solution here is an iron filter to your well water softener. Our pros will be happy to speak to you about such an addition, which features a chamber that allows water to pass through an oxidation section before being removed. In other cases, simply upgrading to the newest water treatment system is the way to go.

Iron Bacteria Issues

There’s one other issue to be aware of here, and it’s the possibility of iron bacteria, which feeds on the iron that forms in your water before it’s treated. In many situations, well owners may find that such bacteria has formed a layer on top of their water tank or even their toilets inside the home, making for an unsightly appearance and also risking several health concerns. In addition, iron bacteria may affect your water’s taste and quality, and may damage your pump and water softener.

For this reason, if you’ve had iron issues, we recommend a chlorine treatment for your well. For situations where wells are regularly having iron issues, a chlorine or ozone generator installation might be the best move.

Professional Treatment

One overarching theme is present here: If your well is dealing with significant iron content issues, the only proper permanent solution is professional service from our pros. We’ll assess the issue from start to finish and ensure your well and water supply are protected for years into the future.

For more on treating high iron content in your water, or to learn about any of our well rehabilitation or treatment services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Causes and Solutions for Water Softener Iron Issues, Part 1

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer several distinct services as complements or in addition to our primary water well drilling, installation and treatment solutions. One such service is water well softening, where we install a softening device to remove magnesium, calcium and various other contaminants that might have made their way into your water supply.

Unfortunately, traditional water softening solutions have a couple areas they aren’t as effective for, and one such area is in any water supply with high iron content. For several reasons we’ll detail here, typical water softeners do not adequately prevent this high iron content from remaining in your water supply – but luckily, there are some simple solutions to get around this if your well is having issues with iron content. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over everything you need to know here, from the issues with iron in your water to begin with to why water softeners don’t solve these issues, plus what you can do for a proper remedy.

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Issues With High-Iron Water

Iron in water is a tricky area when it comes to human health. Small levels of iron are not considered much of a risk, but larger quantities are considered contaminants – but it can be tough to tell exactly how high your levels are, as they may vary based on different samples.

Generally, however, high iron content in water can lead to several negatives. Some of these are aesthetic, such as stains in sinks and pots or the presence of iron bacteria in the toilet tank. Others are health-related, including bacteria overload that can lead to stomach issues, nausea, vomiting, or even diabetes and hemochromatosis in some cases.

Why Water Softeners Don’t Solve It

So why can’t your water softener, which handles many other similar contaminants with ease, deal with iron content in water? It has to do with their capacity. Water softeners are capable of removing some iron from water, just not as much as is often present.

Generally speaking, water softeners remove iron at a rate of roughly one part per million (abbreviated ppm, roughly equal to one milligram of iron dissolved in a liter of water). But there are numerous regions of the country, including many in Utah, where iron content reaches as high as 10 or even 15 ppm – the resin beads present in water softeners are not equipped to handle this level of iron. So if your property’s water iron content is anywhere near this range, you will have to consider other solutions for removing it.

In part two, we’ll go over those solutions and some other important factors. To learn more about this or any of our water well treatment or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC.

Possible Causes of Continuously Running Well Pumps, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the potential causes associated with water well pumps that run continuously. These pumps are meant to cycle on and off based on water needs in the structure, but certain malfunctions may cause them to run all the time, leading to not only leak and water damage issues, but also increased strain on the pump over time.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, well pumps are just one are of our comprehensive water well services, which include a full range of well drilling and rehabilitation solutions. Today’s part two will dig into a few additional potential causes of this condition within your well pump, plus what you can do if you’ve noticed this issue and are looking to remedy it in a low-cost, low-hassle way.

Dropping Water Level

In some cases, the water well itself may be having issues with its water level. This could be a result of several potential causes, from reduced water table levels to a local drought or some kind of other increase in separate local water demands that has lowered your levels.

When this happens, some pump systems may continue to run endlessly, searching for more water to pump in and meet the structure’s needs. To remedy this, call our team to determine what the source of the low water level is to begin with, then remedy it and bring your water levels back to the place where they need to be moving forward.

Loss of Priming

For those who use an above-ground jet pump system for their water well, a priming device is also utilized. This system involves the intake pipe always containing water inside it, allowing for proper suction and pressure levels for the entire setup.

If the intake pipe becomes empty, however, this priming capability will be lost and cause the pump to simply run continuously. This may be caused by a leak or due to improper installation or replacement of pumps or piping. In either case, contact our team about remedying the issue.

Tubes or Contact Points

In part one, we mentioned user error when it comes to pressure gauge setup for the water well – some do not set the gauge correctly, leading to running issues. However, similar issues may also arise due to areas outside your control, namely clogged tubes or burned contact points that alter the pressure control settings or how the pump interprets them. Such issues will require a basic inspection and possibly repairs from our experienced professionals.

For more on the kinds of issues that may be causing your well pump to run continuously rather than in its proper cycle, or to learn about any of our well pump repair or other services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Possible Causes of Continuously Running Well Pumps, Part 1

When it comes to water wells, few components are more important than well pumps. Responsible for physically transporting a water well’s clean, healthy water to the desired fixtures, water wells need to be well-maintained and kept at high working levels regularly.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we provide a variety of water well testing, treatment and repair services, including several services for well pumps. One of the more frequent issues we run into in homes with water wells: Pumps that run continuously, which risks everything from increased utility bills to water damage and even structural issues. In this two-part blog series, let’s go over some of the possible culprits behind this condition, plus how you can ensure it’s not an issue for your water well.
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Submersible Pump Damage

The submersible pump is the component in charge of delivering water to the pressure tank, which is located at the very bottom of the water well. If there’s any damage to this pump, however, which can include issues from basic leaks to corrosion, this pump will not be able to switch off.

In this case, you should call our team immediately for repairs. Any delay will only allow the damage to increase, raising your bill even further. Our primary goal will be to patch the issue or replace the pipe with more durable options.

Leak Concerns

Generally speaking, not just in the submersible pump, leaks are another issue that can cause continuous running from the well pump. Certain well pipes may have been installed decades ago, including galvanized pipe formats that are known to have issues with corrosion over a long period of time. Such older systems not only obtain leaks more easily, but also may have issues determining when to properly shut off.

Other Fixtures

Another possible cause of a continuously running well pump is a similar condition taking place within a given plumbing fixture, such as a toilet or faucet. Such fixtures, if malfunctioning, may run continuously on their own, which in turn requires the well pump to continue running to provide water. Take a quick search around your home to determine if any fixtures are running before you move to other potential causes of the pump issue.

Pressure Issues

These issues could also be brought on by issues with your pressure gauge within the water well and pump system. This gauge is there specifically to help the system determine when it should turn on and off, among other factors, so issues with it will cause improper behavior here. In other cases, the pressure control valve might not be set correctly, causing similar issues and potential pump wear-down over time.

For more on the reasons why your water well pump is running continuously, or to learn about any of our water well digging or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Tips for Purchasing Homes With Water Wells Installed

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to serve as your comprehensive experts on all things water wells. From water well drilling and filter systems to well treatment and rehabilitation, we have you covered from start to finish when it comes to any well needs you may have.

One area we’ve been happy to assist clients with in the past, whether just in the form of offering some expertise or actually performing rehabilitation, is when they’re considering purchasing a home property that has an existing water well installed on it. If you’re in such a situation, here are a few important areas to ensure you cover before signing on the dotted line.

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Important Regulations

For starters, it’s vital to understand all regulations regarding water wells in your area. Certain states, and even certain townships, municipalities or homeowners’ associations, will have specific regulations that must be followed for sales on homes with water wells – these regulations often refer to testing the water on the site before the sale is made, but they could also involve other paperwork or details you have to check off. Ensure every part of this is done so you don’t run into legal issues after the purchase.

Water Quality Check

Whether or not it’s required by local regulations, we highly recommend having the water quality checked in a property’s well system before you purchase it. Just because the previous owners were using the water does not necessarily mean it meets your standards.

This can be done on your own, by taking a sample of water and sending it to a lab. You can also contact our team about simple testing formats we offer, which include a variety of areas from chlorine and fluoride content to copper, manganese, calcium and other mineral content.

Water Quantity Confirmation

On top of ensuring that the well’s water quality is high enough, you also need to make sure it has enough capacity to provide water for everyone in your home. Our team will be happy to check on the well’s flow rate for you and inform you of whether there will be a high enough water quantity to meet your needs, or whether additional capacity will be needed based on the size of your family or other occupants in the home.

Water Well Age

You should also inquire about the age of the well in question. Most water wells will last at optimal levels for between 35 and 50 years, but this can vary based on the quality of maintenance. Ask about not only the age, but also whether any equipment issues have taken place in the past. Our team will be happy to inspect various components to check for signs of wear and tear.

For more on how to proceed when considering purchasing a property with a water well installed on it, or to learn about any of our water well services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Preventing Well Water Freezing During Winter Season

All homeowners want to prevent any risks of frozen pipes or other water supply areas freezing during the Utah winter, and this is no different from those with a well water system on their property. Taking the proper steps to ensure your pipes and other water well components stay above freezing is vital for preventing pipe cracking, leaks and several other potential issues.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to help with everything from well service and repair to installing a new water well on your property. Let’s go over some general tips to prevent any freezing risks in or around your well water supply this winter.

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Pre-Winter Inspection

For starters, while it’s a bit too late to do this for this winter, you should have a basic inspection done on your well ahead of the winter. This involves inspecting the well, its pump, plus all pipes that provide transportation of water to and from the well. Identifying any issues that are taking place, such as leaks or insulation problems, goes a long way before the actual freezing temperatures hit, allowing you to make the proper repairs in time.

Piping Insulation

Whether inside the home or as part of the feeder system to and from the well, it’s vital to consider piping insulation as part of your pre-winter checklist. Pipes must be protected from what can be sub-freezing temperatures, with padding that’s meant for this sort of insulation.

Pipe insulation is not generally very expensive, and will provide fantastic value. If you leave your pipes unprotected, on the other hand, you risk freezing and bursting situations that come with an incredibly high cost to repair.

Temperature Maintenance

One good tip for ensuring pipes within your home do not freeze: Keep the home temperature consistent during the winter, usually at or around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. By contrast, if you allow the home to drop to freezing temperatures when no one is in it, you risk freezing pipes.

Let Faucets Drip

In most cases, a dripping faucet is an undesirable outcome. However, during the winter specifically, it’s okay to let your faucets drip just a bit every now and then – this will keep water flowing in pipes, which keeps the temperature high and avoids any pressure build-ups that might cause well water freezing.

Keep an Eye Out

Finally, throughout the winter, keep an eye on your entire well water system, from the pump to the visible pipes in your home. If you notice even a minor issue, contact our professionals for an inspection before the problem becomes much more significant.

For more on preventing freezing concerns with well water this winter, or to learn about any of our well water treatment or installation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Planning Areas Before Installing a New Water Well, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most important planning areas to consider when it comes to installing a new water well on your property. Attempting to drill and install a new well without a few vital prep areas addressed first could lead to future issues, from improper well operation to a poor supply of water reaching your home.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to work with you on every stage of your water well drilling and installation needs, including you’ve taken the proper preparation steps before we begin the work. In today’s part two, we’ll dive a bit further into one of the single most important planning steps: Ensuring there’s enough water present underground in your area to supply all the water needs you may have. Our pros will help you understand how various water tables, geological conditions or even other nearby water systems might impact your water quantity – and here are some of the areas you need to ensure you have enough for.

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Basic Daily Use

For starters, any water well you install on your property needs to be able to handle the daily rigors and water supply quantities you require. This means you need enough water for simple areas like cooking and drinking, but also for plumbing areas as well.

In addition, water may need to run through a huge variety of home appliances, from washers and dishwashers to showers, bathtubs, hoses and many potential others depending on your home’s qualities. If you have any quantity issues that risk limited water supply to any of these areas, speak to our pros about how you might be able to mitigate this issue.

Seasonal Increases

Especially on certain property types, water usage can vary pretty widely between seasons. Generally speaking, water use is higher during summer periods – it’s used for everything from sprinkler systems to outdoor swimming pools, washing the car or a variety of other needs. Any farm or agricultural property will utilize even greater amounts of water during growing season. Ensure your supply is great enough to handle these swings between seasons.

Fire Protection

In most cases, fire departments in your area will have access to water supplies that are not considered drinkable and aren’t typically available to well systems. However, just to be safe, it’s best if your system has enough supply to be able to assist them in emergency situations.

Other Uses

Finally, there may be other rare uses for water systems on certain properties. These can include animal watering, water treatment or even crop irrigation. Ensuring your system has enough capacity to handle these needs is vital.

For more on the preparation areas that go into installing a new water well, or to learn about any of our well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Planning Areas Before Installing a New Water Well, Part 1

When it comes to all your water well drilling, treatment and testing needs, the professionals at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC are here to help. We’ve assisted numerous Utahns with their water wells in a variety of ways, helping ensure individuals and their families are constantly provided with high quantities of clean, healthy water in their homes.

In addition to our specific installations and other day-of services provided, we’re also proud to work with you when it comes to a few very important planning areas. These are particularly necessary when installing a new well, as improper preparation might leave you with a well that does not function properly or doesn’t provide you with enough quality water. In this two-part blog, we’ll go over several important preparation areas that we’ll assist you with when it comes to digging and installing a new well on your property.

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Permits and Forms

For starters, we have a great deal of experience dealing with local municipalities, the state and any various permits or local requirements that may be in play for your well drilling. Certain local governments require permit forms that you’ll have to fill out and have approved in advance of drilling – we know exactly which forms you need and how to fill them out properly.

In addition, our contractors are happy to provide any additional information that might be relevant in the city or local municipality where you’re looking to build your well. We’ll ensure you don’t run into any legal issues you were not expecting.

Inspection and Construction Process

For several reasons, having a professional inspection of your property done before you begin water well drilling is very important. A well construction process that isn’t properly laid out could lead to a low-quality well or water supply issues, the kind that could cost you major amounts to fix or even re-do.

Before drilling, our pros can look at both the above-ground and below-ground qualities of your property. We’ll assess the material beneath the ground and how successful your well will be, ensuring you have the proper conditions for a well to be installed.

Quality and Quantity of Available Water

In addition to checking for basic compatibility areas, we’ll also look at whether there will be enough high-quality water available given the location of your property. Sadly, there are certain properties that will only support a low-yield well, and others that will not support one at all due to geological conditions or seasonal concerns. There’s nothing worse than going through the process of installing a well only to find that there isn’t enough water in the area to supply your home.

For more on the preparation steps involved in installing a new water well, or to learn about any of our well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Well Pump Concerns that Cause Stopped Water Flow, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the potential well water pump concerns that may, in some cases, cause the well to stop providing water to the home. While these concerns are not exactly common, they’re still worth understanding in case they ever take place within your well so you know how to respond.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to help with a variety of water well pump services. We’re always on-call for pump issues that crop up – we know your home cannot afford to go even a day without a clean water supply, so we’ll be on the case quickly anytime such a flow issue takes place. In today’s part two, we’ll go over a few additional potential culprits in your water pump not properly providing water, plus how you should respond to any of these issues.

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Water Table

If you’ve noticed stopped water flow and have already tried some of our tips from part one, including resetting your circuit breaker after a power surge, you may need to check your water table. A common sign that the water table is not providing enough water to the pump for adequate flow is sputtering faucets and other appliances.

In some cases, this issue is due to a dry season in the Utah climate, and the issues will self-correct before long. In others, though, the issue could be due to a pump that’s not placed deep enough in the ground, not allowing it to collect the proper amounts of water to supply. In this case, you may have to move the pump deeper.

Noise and Pump Placement

Have you noticed that the pump is regularly making clicking noises in addition to not providing water properly? This is often a sure sign that the pump has been placed incorrectly, and this will require some professional assistance from our team to assess the placement concerns and determine whether moving it is the proper course of action.

Pump Controller

If you’ve tried pretty much everything else on this list with no success, and you’re still hearing noises or dealing with lack of water supply, the issue could be the pump controller. This is located either inside the pump or near the pressure tank. The reason this is one of the final areas to check: Without professional assistance, there’s really no way of confirming whether the controller is working or not. For this reason, you should exhaust your other potential avenues first before moving to this potential concern.

For more on identifying and addressing well water pump issues that may be leading to a stopped water supply, or for information on any of our water well installation or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Well Pump Concerns that Cause Stopped Water Flow, Part 1

There are several important components involved in a water well, and one at or near the top of any list is the well pump. The pump is in charge of the major legwork when it comes to moving water from the well into the home, utilizing air pressure and a detailed system to provide consistent water flow to the home as needed.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer a full array of services for water well pumps, including assisting you anytime the pump is having issues that are impacting your water flow. In cases where your well water has stopped flowing completely, leaving you with no water supply, the pump is unfortunately the most common culprit. This two-part blog will dig into some of the areas that need to be checked if the water from your well stops flowing, whether by a handy homeowner or our water pump professionals.

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Air Pressure Concerns

One of the most common potential reasons for issues taking place within your water pump is a concern with the air pressure in the system. Improper air pressure within a well water pump will not instruct the pressure switch to release water, meaning that even as the system needs water, none will be provided.

In most situations, the deeper culprit for this concern is a broken air bladder or a water-filled tank. To check if air pressure is correct, you can place a tire gauge on the air valve located at the top of your tank – our team is happy to provide you with basics on what your standard pressure level should be and the kinds of readings that should cause concern here. If your pressure is low, contact our pros about replacing your air bladder or draining your tank.

Sediment Disposition

When we refer to sediment, we’re talking about small rocks, minerals and other materials that can get into the water supply and block the pump. Regular checks for sediment disposition should be performed, and if you notice sediment has build up to higher levels, call our team about removing these and limiting such risks moving forward.

Power Surges or Related Issues

In other cases, the cause of a well pump issue is a bit simpler: It’s due to a power issue in your area. Power surges can sometimes cause well pumps to temporarily stop working – but just like any other appliance that requires power, all you have to do here is switch your circuit breaker on and off to reset the system. If the pump still is not working after you do this, there’s another concern at play besides just the power surge.

For more on identifying causes of well pump concerns, or to learn about any of our well water treatment systems or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.