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Blog (5) Well Water Problems

        Many people in central New York that live outside of the major cities have a well of some sort.  Many wells have some of the following problems and can be a nuisance to the homeowner and any visitors that may stay at the residence home.  There is a way to solve all of these problems and many of them are relatively and easy fix.  Some wells that have mineral problems can cause many problems for the homeowner, like discoloring the toilets and sinks in the house.

Acidity of water is measured on a pH scale of 0-14, with 7 being neutral. A pH value below 7.0 is acidic and will corrode copper plumbing, brass fixtures, heating elements, and steel tanks. The result of this corrosion is a blue-green stain on sinks and tubs.

Iron in water will create orange/brown stains on sinks, tubs and laundry. Iron is not harmful to your health, but will begin staining at 0.3 ppm. When designing an Iron Filtration system the following items must be taken into consideration: The level of iron in parts per million (ppm), the pH level of the water, as well as levels of hardness, manganese and sulphur. The flow rate and estimated water usage is also critical.

The most common odor in well water is this area is described as a "rotten-egg" odor. This offensive odor comes from hydrogen sulfide gas - sulphur. Treatments available for this problem include: Chlorine Injection or Aeration. Water Doctor prefers to use aeration as it is environmentally friendly and has no chemical byproducts. Aeration is 100% effective and has the advantage of eliminating homeowner maintenance. Please contact a sales representative to learn about our Iron Guard System using aeration. Be sure to look for the new aeration technology which prevents flow restrictions.

Some water supplies contain hardness minerals (calcium and magnesium). These minerals form white scale build-up and create problems in water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, plumbing systems and laundry. Hard water may appear as white spots on glassware or faucets. This condition also creates a "lack of lather" when using suds. The hardness minerals will rub into fabrics when laundering and create dingy laundry.

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