Well water is full of stuff! STUFF is the best word. It contains everything from mud to sand to grit to small stones to whatever. It is full of sediment.
When houses are on wells, I recommend a whole-house filter. When clients ask me why, I say, "Why, it's sedimentary, my dear Watson."
The filter I recommend has a clear plastic canister.
I like the clear ones because you can look inside and see when the filter needs to be replaced.
This is the filter I have on my house. I am on public water! That filter is only 6 weeks old. It's about time to replace it! Um, what's that tell you about public water?
This is a micro filter, which is not recommended on well systems.
The reason you probably would not want a micro filter for well water is that it would fill up very quickly. The micro filters are expensive and might need replacement every week!
The filter needed for a well is a sediment filter, which looks much like a skein of yarn.
They are very cheap.
The other day my client asked me how I know he needs a whole-house filter on his well. After all, we ran the water and it looked pretty clean.
The best way to prove it is to remove the aerator from the least-used bathroom.
This photo is the aerator in the downstairs powder room sink, likely the least used in the house.
That is some lovely sediment build up!
I asked him if he wanted to lick it to see what it tastes like.
"Now, if the least-used sink aerator looks like this," I said to him, "what do you think the inside of the other faucets, shower heads, dishwasher, washing machine and water heater look like? Such clogging also affects water pressure, as you see in the showers."
Message sent, message received.
My recommendation: sometimes little things make big differences. A whole-house filter on a well system (and even on public water!) can go a long way toward the health of your plumbing, appliances and family!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560