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Spring Well Water Supply Issues to Look Out For

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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.

spring well water supply issues

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.