If you live in one of the 15 million households that use private wells to supply drinking water, you should understand the importance of water testing and treatment. There can be a lot of dangerous contaminants in well water, including excess iron, lead, radon, and more. But with annual water testing and an effective water treatment and filtration system, you can enjoy clean and safe water 24/7/365. So when you’re looking for a water treatment system to protect your family’s health, it’s important to ask the right questions to ensure you’re getting a good system for your water.
Here’s what you need to know before you choose the right treatment system:
Which contaminants do I need to filter out? When you have a well water company come to test your water, they can tell you which, if any, contaminants are present in your water. This is going to be the first step in choosing a filtration system. Without knowing what kind of contaminants are in your water, you won’t be able to choose the right filtration system. So before you start looking at water treatment systems, make sure you know what you need to focus on filtering out.
Will a single-tap device be sufficient? Because there are different types of filtration systems, it’s important to know what your filtration needs are. If you have contaminants in your water that can only be harmful if consumed directly, then you may only need a single-tap device to filter water for cooking and drinking. But if there are contaminants present that can be harmful when you simply come into contact with them, then you may need a filtration system for the whole house. The well water company that does your water testing can help you decide which type of water filter system installation would be best for your home.
Will the treatment system have secondary effects? Depending on the contaminants present in the water, a filtration system may need to work by putting something into the water to counteract the contaminants. This is common in water that has iron present — sodium may be inserted into the water to remove the iron. While these additives are chosen carefully and are inserted in safe amounts, it’s important for homeowners to be aware of any chemicals being added to their water, as well as the potential effects this may have on their water.
The well water company you choose to work with can help you decide which filtration system will be best for your house. It’s important to ask all of these important questions to ensure you have a complete understanding of the condition of your water and things you may need to keep an eye out for in the future.