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What You Should Know About Owning a Home With a Well
Well water has many benefits, but that doesn't mean you should use your supply blindly. Here's what you should know about owning a home with a well.

What You Should Know About Owning a Home With a Well

These days, most people’s residential drinking water is city water collected from the surface and passed through a water treatment facility before it travels to their homes. However, some people choose to use well water drawn from a well in the ground on their property. Whether you have a well already or are thinking of purchasing a property that includes one, here’s what you should know about owning a home with a well.

How Much Water Is Available

One of the first details you’ll want to find out about your well is how much water is available and the flow rate of that water. Though wells draw water directly from the ground, they can only hold so much of it at a time. Most wells hold about 1.5 gallons of water per foot; measure your well’s depth, water level, and pump depth to determine how much it can hold. The flow rate of your well is how much water it can deliver per minute. Six to 12 gallons per minute is an ideal flow rate for a well.

Most Well Water Is Hard

If you have a well, know that nearly all well water is hard. That means that your water will have high quantities of calcium and magnesium. Hard water tends to leave scale deposits on fixtures and water-using appliances—you'll likely need to use a water softener to remove some of the minerals from your water.

Well Water Must Be Tested Annually

It’s very important that well owners test their well water annually. While well water is usually safe, conditions of the ground surrounding your well can change over time, resulting in lower quality water. Contaminated water can be dangerous, so test your well water every year with a kit for that purpose, then send it to be analyzed.

Keep in mind what you should know about owning a home with a well, whether you own one yourself or are thinking about switching to well water. No matter where your water comes from, it’s essential to make sure that it’s free from any contamination and tastes good. Installing an under-counter RO system in your home is one of the best ways to filter any dangerous or bad-tasting chemicals out of your water supply (including water from wells). These filters can also help to soften your water, reducing the annoyance of hard water stains on your appliances. Choose one from among the many options we have here at Premier H2O.

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