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Filter Your Well Water, Or You Get This!

Filter your well water, or you get this!

This is a common complaint - the shower has weak water flow; the sinks have weak water flow; the washing machine has weak water flow and it takes forever to do a load.

During inspections on any house I always check water flow.  But especially on home inspections where there is well water!

This was an empty house, but on a well. 

And the water flow from everywhere was decidedly low.

When I turned on the bath faucets there was a slight delay before water, which then exploded slightly with a brown tint.

The only one I could get off (without doing damage to the plastic) was this one.

Yummie!

The aerator on faucets is to capture small things that might be in the water.

Well, this little aerator has been on double duty for some time!  You should have seen the shower water flow!

What would you like to see on a house with well water?

Some kind of whole-house filter.

What do I recommend?  A large filter canister that is clear, so it can be seen when to replace the filter.

How often is it replaced?  When it looks dirty!

This is the filter I have in my house.  We are on public water.  I have to replace it every couple of months!  It has a carbon layer to remove the chemical taste and smell in public tap water.

But this is not the filter I recommend for the initial stage of well water because it filters a smaller micron bit of debris than you would need for well water.

Instead of the kind of filter above, for the initial filtration of well water it is important to capture the larger grit, sand, silt and mud with the first filter.

It kind of looks like a skein of yarn!

These are cheaper and can be replaced often without much cost.

Later you would want the smaller micron and carbon filtration, perhaps nearer to the point of use.

We have another super filter under the kitchen sink for drinking and cooking. That's right, I don't like tap water.

Well water would need to be tested to see what's in it - chemicals, pesticides, minerals - and then a specific system can be designed to provide the best water for the household.

My recommendation:  do what you can to filter well water!  Doing so will make all the fixtures and appliances in the house work better, last longer, and the water flow will not so often become an issue.  And will it taste as good as a case of Billy Jays  special hydrogen dioxide?  Probably not, but you will be well on your way.

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 12 commentsJay Markanich • May 29 2016 04:40AM

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Sorry if you clicked and saw something different than this.  Only about a third of my post published!  So I had to recreate it.  Enjoy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Sooooo...this will blog will find its way next to Mr. Hanson's cup this morning...and into our newsletter next month !  We are on city water and the communities we service can be on either city or well water...regardless of the source...a filter sounds like the way to longer lasting plumbing ! 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 2 years ago

I so dislike the taste of public tap water that I filter it with carbon, S&D.  But you should see our filter after only a couple of months!  Yuck...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Jay, oh ny... LOL. I have well water and NO filter. Interesting. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 2 years ago

As always, very interesting!  We are on well water - and it's filtered - and it's the best water we have ever had.  Absolutely yummy.  

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. Sage advice for those with well water! Had a filtering system when I owned a home with well water! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) about 2 years ago

I don't drink our public water, you can smell the cholrine really strong some days. I had a house with a community well that was full of sand... had to filter it!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 2 years ago

Andrea - well, the aerator inside your body could look like ... um ... nevermind.

(kidding)

Susan - sounds better than my public water!

Wayne - a very good policy.  I tell all my well clients about the need for a filter.

Ours is awful, Fred.  Smells and tastes like chemicals.  I don't get ice at the 7-11 for the same reason.  The soft drink tastes like chemicals!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Think I need to have you over to Casa de Cleland to tell me all about that water filter you use for the public water.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 2 years ago

I got the big, clear whole-house filter at Lowe's - Whirlpool brand.  And the carbon filter.  Photo above.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Jay, this is one of the first things I noticed when we moved into our house back in September 2011.  The pressure tank was undersized, the pressure gauge had water in it and water flow was restricted.  I removed the aerators from the faucets and about an inch of sediment came out.  Rebuilt the entire system and added a larger pressure tank, new pressure switch and added a 10 micron filter and U/V light.  We still get some sediment in the back of the toilet tanks every few months, but other than that, it is a remarkable improvement.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 2 years ago

It is always best to be proactive with well water, Stephen.  Sounds like you have it well in hand!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

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