Understanding Well Water & Its Common Issues

Water wells are a great way to supply water for residential or commercial purposes; they’re reliable and generally require little maintenance. However, sometimes the water can become contaminated with bacteria, minerals, or other materials. 

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some common water quality issues and what you can do to mitigate them. Keep reading!

3 Factors That Could Be Affecting Your Water

Over time, water can get smelly, change color, or develop sediment. These are all common water quality issues that can be caused by various factors. Let’s take a closer look at each one:

1) Color

If your water appears to be a strange color, it may contain sand, minerals, or metals . If the water is brown or has a peculiar “glow,” it’s most likely due to iron and manganese. Drinking water that contains iron and manganese usually has a metallic flavor, stains clothing, clogs plumbing connections, and gives them a yellow tinge. 

If your water has a bluish-green tinge, it’s due to copper. After the well-water reaches your house’s faucets, it goes through copper pipes, the most common source of copper in your water. When you’re not using the water inside your pipes, mainly if it’s corrosive, this copper may leach into it.

2) Sediment

Sediment in your well-water is usually made up of sand. Sediment can clog fixtures and appliances, cause wear and tear on your plumbing, and make your water look and taste bad. These are 3 of the most common causes of sediment in drinking wells:

  • Dissolved Minerals: Dissolved minerals cause hard water, iron, and manganese contamination. Simply said, water hardness is calcium and magnesium dissolved in well-water, occasionally resulting in white or yellow sediment, particularly inside pipes and water fixtures. 
  • Construction Of A New Well: Your water may temporarily contain sand and sediment due to a new well. After construction, any leftover debris is simply flushed out of the well. This material may include particles with sharp edges in bedrock wells.
  • Poor Soil: A bedrock well’s fissures might allow fine sand and sediment to enter the water if there is a well defect or unstable soil conditions there. This substance has a rough texture.

3) Rotten Egg Smell

Your water probably contains hydrogen sulfide gas if it smells like rotten eggs. This may compromise plumbing and home appliances. Additionally, hydrogen sulfide can leave unattractive yellow or black stains on your kitchen and bathroom fixtures and corrode silverware and other metal objects.

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