Well  Water Problems

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So you own a well, and the EPA doesn’t regulate it. Of course, you’re likely to come across more problems than someone with municipal water. Here are the most common well water problems. 

Hard Water

Symptoms

Scale buildup in pipes and appliances

White spotting on glassware and dishes

Low water pressure

Dry, flaky skin from washing

Rough, discolored clothes from doing laundry

Hydrogen Sulfide

A smell or taste of rotten eggs in water

Stained clothes

Discolored fixtures and cutlery

Corrosive pipe damage

Symptoms

Symptoms 

Clogged pipes

Premature corrosion of well components

Slime-like substance in toilets and sinks

Iron Bacteria

Iron, Manganese & Tannins

Symptoms

Dirty-looking, orange-tinged water

Stained clothes, porcelain fixtures and cutlery

Orangey-gold flecks in water

Red, orange or brown stains in sinks, toilets and bathtubs

Bitter, metallic-tasting tap water

Black or gray stains

Oily sheen on water’s surface

Fluoride

Dental fluorosis, characterized by stained teeth

Skeletal fluorosis, resulting in bone development problems

Symptoms

High Turbidity

Symptoms

Cloudy-looking tap water

Visible sediment in water

Dirty water

Coliform or E.coli Bacteria

Symptoms

Gastrointestinal illness in anyone drinking your water

Potentially (but not always) a bad odor

Low Water Pressure

Symptoms

Reduced water flow from your shower head and faucets

Inefficient appliances

Inability to use multiple appliances at once 

Low pH (Acidic Water)

Symptoms

Blue-green stains on fixtures and appliances

Pinhole leaks in plumbing

Metallic-tasting water

Corrosion on metal pipes

Potentially increased lead, copper, and metal quantity in water

Prevention

Test your water routinely

Perform regular well maintenance

Install one or several suitable water treatment systems

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