Ways To Improve Your Water Quality With Well Chlorination

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Well chlorination is an effective way to improve water quality. Read on to learn more about our shock chlorination approach here at Carolina Well and Pump, and find out why this is NOT a DIY type of project!

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Chlorine is used in many different applications, like to sanitize swimming pools and wastewater treatments. It is commonly added to tap water for disinfection purposes. While this has been a practice since the early 1900s (as it began in Great Britain and traveled to the United States at that time), many small water treatment facilities fail to use the proper amount of chlorine to truly disinfect their water supply. This is why you really need someone who understands the science behind it. Otherwise you risk the chance of continued contamination even after chlorination. There’s a chemistry to this process. Carolina Well and Pump has that formula mastered through experience and training. 

Add Chlorine to the Water Supply.

Concerned about the quality and safety of your well water? Here’s the deal: this isn’t a swimming pool, this is your drinking water. It’s more complex than simply dumping some Clorox down your well. Chlorine is among the 10 highest volume chemicals produced in the U.S. It is used in thousands of household products nationwide, and it was also the first poison gas to serve as a weapon during WWI. You may think it’s just a household product, but you can’t just tamper with this stuff. One must know exactly what they ‘re doing! We can calculate the exact amount of chlorine to add to maintain a healthy water supply for your home, we use specialized well-issued products, while maintaining a safe disinfection level (without any overkill). We could do this in our sleep. That’s why our professionalism is valued.

Test the Water Regularly.

You should test your water regularly to make sure that it meets local standards. This will ensure that you have a clean and healthy supply at all times. It also helps to prevent the spread of diseases, such as cholera. Carolina Well and Pump offers regular well maintenance services to handle this for you, so no need to worry! We’ve got it covered! 

North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services recommends annual water testing.  Contaminated groundwater, local animal feces, or even a neighbor’s septic issue all pose a potential risk to your water well’s supply. An annual check-up is as simple as your physical at the doctor. You can call us your well water physicians!

Well Water Contamination Diagram by NC DHHS

Maintain the Well Water System Properly

If you use well chlorination, you need to maintain the system properly. Make sure that you check the chlorine levels regularly. Also, keep the equipment clean so that it works efficiently. Are you interested in a well-water maintenance contract? We’ll keep you from having to lift a finger. You will be in our system, and we will ensure your water is of optimal quality for everyone under your roof. If we are what we eat, can you imagine the importance of the quality of the water we drink each day? It’s a big deal!

Check the pH Level of Your Well

You should also test the pH level of your water periodically. This will help you determine whether there are any issues with your water supply. Who knew that your well water specialists here at Carolina Well and Pump were also scientists?! There is a major science and chemistry to all we do, and our experience and extensive training allow us to provide Western North Carolina with the healthiest level of well water these mountains could offer! 

chemical test of drinking or well water
pH Level Testing for Well Water in western North Carolina

Why Choose Well Water Chlorination

We’ve had several folks ask a few questions regarding the importance of well chlorination. It seems a bit backward to dose your drinking water with a hard-hitting chemical. However, it’s important to chlorinate your well after the following circumstances:

  • A new well has been constructed
  • An older well has been opened for repairs
  • Flood water has entered the well
  • A new holding tank, pump or pressure tank has been installed
  • New pipe or plumbing work has been completed
  • Tests show the presence of coliform bacteria
  • An odor or slime are present (typically caused by iron or sulfur bacteria)

In fact, well chlorination is designed to alleviate the following problems:

  • Remove slimy residue from excess iron
  • Prevent laundry stains (do your whites come out with an orange tint?) caused by excess iron
  • Alleviate slowed water pressure caused by clogged pipes
  • Remove “rotten egg” odor from your water
  • Disinfect and remove bacteria from your drinking water, such as:
    • Gram-negative bacteria
    • E. coli
    • Coliform bacteria
    • Most iron bacteria
    • Most sulfur bacteria
    • Salmonella
    • Certain virus strains like Hepatitis A
    • Some forms of Giardia
    • Legionella
    • Campylobacter
    • Staphylococcus
    • Poliovirus
    • Rotavirus
    • Adenovirus
    • Cholera
    • Klebsiella
    • Shigella

Are you ready to hire professionals? Call Carolina Well & Pump regarding your Well Water Chlorination, today.

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