Everything You Should Know About Being On Well Water

May 16, 2022 well water

While we consume it every day and no one can live without it, water is not the same in every household. Your home’s water may be treated and supplied by a municipality or you may be on private well water. Where your water comes from matters, as it can affect every aspect of your home and even your health.

From tap water that smells like eggs to water that leaves rusty toilet rings, at Kinetico SA we’ve seen it all. Truth be told – your home’s water is more than H2O. Read on to learn what you should know about being on well water.

City Water vs. Well Water

Water that qualifies as “city water” has been treated by a city water treatment plant and delivered to homes in a specific municipality. On the other hand, well water comes from a private water well on your property. If you live in a rural community, your water can be a combination of well and city, as your city can source its water from another well.

Well water is often considered “hard” because it contains high levels of calcium, iron or magnesium. City water can be hard, too. In San Antonio, many residents experience the impact of hard water. The flavor and quality of your water varies greatly depending on its source and the minerals it contains.

Potential Well Water Issues

The most obvious issue with well water is that it can contain a high amount of minerals, making it hard. Hard water can leave build-up and residue on your surfaces, appliances, skin and fabrics. In addition to hard water deposits, well water can also cause staining if it contains high concentrations of iron. Iron deposits can stain your tub, toilet and sinks with unsightly orange marks.

Other than leaving its mark around your home, well water can also taste and smell different than city water. As rainwater travels through the ground into the groundwater aquifer that supplies your well, it dissolves and collects elements along the way. Sulfur is the most likely reason your well water smells like rotten eggs. On a more serious note, well water can easily become contaminated with toxins like radon, uranium and arsenic. It is recommended that you test your well water for toxins annually.

Find Relief with a Water Softener

Even if your home runs off of well water, you have options. The most common solution homeowners take when they want to relieve themselves of the symptoms of hard water is to invest in a water softener. Water softeners can:

  • Save you money on utilities and plumbing bills
  • Extend the life of your appliances
  • Make your hair and skin look and feel softer
  • Leave your clothes soft and refreshed
  • Remove strange flavors from your drinking water

A whole-home water softener can provide you with the cleanest, tastiest water – no matter where your water comes from.

Kinetico Salt-Free Water Systems

In addition to the above-mentioned well water contamination, your hot water appliances can also become susceptible to scale build-up. For some households, a water softener needs to be supplemented with another water system. Complete your whole home system by incorporating a Kinetico Scale Reducing System. With a Kinetico SRS, you can:

  • Protect hot water fixtures and pipes from hardness deposits
  • Rid yourself of the need to add salt without changing how your water feels
  • Rely on your SRS to run continuously without electricity
  • Maintain peace of mind with simple installation and annual maintenance

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No matter what your specific water challenge is, our team has seen it all. From hard city water to smelly well water, nothing can knock us off our game. Let us help you get quality water delivered right to your home no matter what the source. As our customers can attest, life is better with Kinetico SA. Contact us today!

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