At Clean Water of Virginia we know how important reliable well water is to the Virginia & West Virginia area. Water supports all life, and the condition of the water from your well can affect the quality of your life, your home, and your experience with water.

If your well pump isn’t functioning properly, you’re experiencing low water pressure, or you are experiencing another issue with your well, it’s important to repair these issues quickly since they can affect the quality of your water supply, but it’s also important to understand that proper flow is only one of many issues a well owner must consider.

A Dependable Well

According to the USGS (United States Geological Survey), 15% of the population in the United States (over 43 Million people) rely on water from a well as their primary source of water.

However, the safety of water from residential wells is not regulated by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. In most cases, state law also does not regulate the quality of well water. Instead, it becomes the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain their well system and monitor its quality.

A study of 2,100 domestic wells across the United States showed that water pumped from approximately one in five wells contained one or more contaminants at a concentration higher than is recommended for human consumption in water.

With so many of us in Virginia & West Virginia depending on water from our wells to sustain us, it’s vital to understand the importance of maintaining quality water and a properly functioning well to support our health, safety, and satisfaction.

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Common Well Problems

System Issues and Low Water Pressure

Reduced water pressure can occur due to various reasons, such as well pump issues, clogged pipes or filters, pressure tank issues, sediment buildup, or a dropping water table. Pressure issues can be frustrating and affect the efficiency of the water supply for your household needs such as laundry and showering.

Our skilled technicians at Clean Water of Virginia specialize in diagnosing low water pressure issues and can help you with possible pump repair, new pump installation, or other needed well service.

Water contamination

Well Maintenance and Construction Issues

Improper well construction, including insufficient casing depth, inadequate sealing, or damaged well caps, can allow surface contaminants to enter the well.

Also, wells that are not properly maintained, cleaned, sealed, or serviced regularly are more susceptible to contamination from various sources.

Lack of regular upkeep can also result in deteriorating well conditions, casing leaks, damaged well caps, or issues with well components, impacting your overall system performance and the money it takes to maintain a proper and safe water supply to your home.

How Often Should You Check Your Well?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends at a minimum that you check your well every spring to ensure there are no mechanical issues. In some areas that experience heavy snowfall, we recommend having your well inspected before winter.  At Clean Water of Virginia we’re committed to providing quality water well service to our customers. We can help with your yearly inspections to help make sure your well doesn’t give you any surprises.

Farming impact on well water

Contamination Issues

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says, “Private wells can be contaminated by both naturally occurring sources and by human activities.” Here are some commonly found contaminants in wells.

Surface Contamination

This type of contamination is often caused by rainwater runoff. This runoff can carry many possible pollutants like pesticides and fertilizers, bacteria, viruses, and parasites from animal waste. It can also carry chemicals from roads and industrial areas. These are just to name a few.

An improperly constructed or damaged well can allow this type of surface contamination to seep in and contaminate your water source. Flooding is another common source of surface contamination and can often carry sediment, debris, and microorganisms into your water source.

Subsurface Contamination

There are many potential causes of subsurface contamination. A few common ones are improperly maintained septic tanks, cesspools, or sewage systems that have the potential to release harmful bacteria, viruses, and nitrates into the groundwater.

Chemicals used in farming such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, can infiltrate the soil and seep into groundwater. Landfills, waste disposal sites, and underground storage tanks also have the potential to contaminate groundwater.

Water cycle

Natural Factors

Not all pollutants found in wells are man-made issues. Naturally occurring minerals and elements in soil and rock formations, such as arsenic, radon, and heavy metals, can dissolve into groundwater. Microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and parasites can also enter groundwater through natural pathways, especially in areas with high groundwater vulnerability.

Other Water Quality Concerns.

Contaminants and naturally occurring elements in your well water can cause a variety of issues that affect your health and home.

Hard water effects on showerhead

Hard Water

When ground water trickles down through limestone and chalk deposits, it absorbs extra minerals like magnesium and calcium and results in what is known as hard water. Hard water can lead to several issues.

Scale buildup caused by hard water can damage your fixtures, and pipes and reduce the efficiency and lifespan of water-dependent appliances like your water heater and dishwasher.

This same scale can react with soap in your sinks and shower to form a sticky residue known as soap scum. This is the buildup of spots you may notice on shower doors and “clean” dishes. This buildup can also be found on your skin and hair, stripping them of their natural oils and causing dryness, irritation, and dullness.

Hard water also makes soap less effective and reduces its ability to lather. This results in using more soap and detergent to achieve clean skin, laundry, and dishes.

Hard water buildup in pipes

pH Imbalance

The pH level of water determines its acidity or alkalinity. A balanced pH is crucial for water quality. Imbalances in pH can cause various issues.

Water that is too acidic or too alkaline can corrode plumbing fixtures, leading to leaks, metal contamination, or scaling. Extreme pH levels can affect the taste and clarity of water, making it unpleasant or cloudy. Highly acidic or alkaline water may also affect the body’s internal pH balance, causing potential gastrointestinal issues or other health concerns over time.

Unpleasant Odor or Taste

Water with a noticeable taste or odor is off-putting and can indicate potential contaminants such as organic matter, decaying vegetation, sulfur, bacteria, or elevated levels of minerals. Bad-tasting water is also just not enjoyable.

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Water Testing

The best way to find out what is in your water is to have it tested by a professional. Not only does this ensure adherence to regulatory requirements, but regular testing of your water can also help identify issues early and allow for intervention to ensure the safety and quality of the water from your well. This can help prevent potential health risks associated with contaminated water.

How Often Should You Test Your Water Supply?

The CDC recommends that your well be tested once per year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels.

If you suspect other contaminants, you should test for those as well, but it’s a good idea to consult a local expert about water in your area to identify potential problems first since these tests can be expensive. The local health department or your local expert at Clean Water of Virginia will know about contaminants of concern in the Virginia & West Virginia area.

You should also have your water tested if you have experienced problems near your well such as flooding or land disturbances, if you’ve recently had any maintenance or repairs to your well or any part of your well system, or if you’ve noticed a change in the taste, color, or smell of your water.

Types of Water Treatment Systems

Some common systems used in the treatment of well water are:

  • Sediment Filters
  • Iron Breakers
  • UV Sterilization Systems
  • Carbon Filters
  • Water Softening Systems
  • Reverse Osmosis Systems

Each of these systems serves a different purpose and not all of them are always necessary. The order in which they are installed is also vital to treating your water properly. For example: Allowing excessive iron in your water softener will damage the resin bed and require more frequent cleaning or replacement.

A certified water treatment specialist could help you identify and treat issues like high iron to ensure you don’t limit the capacity of your water softener.

Water is Complex

With the complexity of water, water treatment systems, and wells, it’s not only important to have your water tested regularly but also to work with someone who knows how to interpret the results and treat your water and well based on what that data says. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to well water. Your neighbor right down the road may require a different solution than you do.

Trusting a Well Water Treatment Professional

Your local water treatment professional at Clean Water of Virginia knows the water in the Virginia & West Virginia area intimately. Our team has over 66 years of experience serving our residents with well water.

Based on your test results and your personal preferences, your local water treatment expert at Clean Water of Virginia will be able to recommend the treatment system that is right for your water, your family, and your budget.

We can also provide ongoing maintenance on your existing system to make sure you get the most out of its lifespan and ensure that it’s functioning at the proper capacity.

Call us today at (540) 888-8044 to explore options for your well and for safer, more enjoyable water for your home.

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David Hlavinka
David Hlavinka
23:31 15 Apr 24
Logan was very knowledgeable with the install and explained all functions with the unit. The WiFi feature was not working. Unit not connecting. He... said he would return and diagnose in a couple days. Service after the sale!!!…Thanksread more
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Timothy Chapman
Timothy Chapman
22:02 21 Mar 24
I just purchased the whole home and reverse osmosis systems. Bob was excellent at explaining and answering questions. Then on installation day... Michael and Logan showed up and did the install. They were on time, responsive and left everything very clean. They verified and answered all questions. I highly recommend this more
Nabeela Shaukath
Nabeela Shaukath
15:11 13 Mar 24
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Peter Gudicello
13:33 05 Mar 24
I am very pleased with Clean Water of VA's installation of a water softener. Within a couple of days I have noticed better water pressure.
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Anthony Strawser
23:15 25 Feb 24
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Martin Kerns
16:49 25 Feb 24
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Bil Al
01:29 25 Feb 24
Clean install and took necessary precautions and cleaned up after themselves. Bob is great to deal with.
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kevin clancy
23:24 20 Feb 24
Dustin was great when he tested our water! The gentleman who installed the softener was also very quick and professional. Great product
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