Plumbers Resolve a Variety of Problems for Rural Residents

Rural homeowners with well water have specific plumbing needs related to this system. Some lucky rural residents enjoy tap water that tastes good and has no unpleasant aromas. Others, though, are not so fortunate. They want a treatment system installed to manage the mineral levels.

In addition, the well pump equipment needs a pressure tank in the home to prevent early failure. Although pressure tanks generally last at least 15 years, eventually this device must be replaced.

Water Treatment

Water wells typically have high mineral content. Municipal supplies also commonly contain enough calcium and magnesium to cause problems like limescale, soap scum, and interference with soap lathering. Rural water, though, often has other unwanted characteristics.

There may be high iron content, for instance. This causes discoloration of laundry and rust stains in sinks. Organisms known as iron bacteria may be present, causing a smell similar to rotten eggs. Sulfur, another potential contaminant, smells very much like iron bacteria. People can buy bottled water and avoid drinking from the tap. However, they still must tolerate odorous showers, baths, and other water sources in the home.

Rural supplies also are more likely to contain manganese, which can stain fabric black or brown. It generally does not stain hard surfaces and washes down drains easily, but still can be an unwanted mineral. 

Plumbers can install a softener to eliminate minerals and a filtration system that neutralizes odors. Softeners do not remove the odors of sulfur and iron bacteria. A reverse osmosis system might be recommended for this. Activated carbon filters also are effective, although they must be changed frequently when installed for whole-house use. Another possibility is a dealkalizer, which costs about the same as a softener and functions similarly.

The Well Pressure Tank

This device regulates water pressure coming into the home and eases the burden on the pump by maintaining a reservoir of several gallons. Without a properly functioning tank, the pump must run each time somebody turns on a tap. Otherwise, the pump might not run unless someone showers, flushes the toilet, or washes a load of laundry. 

When the tank makes odd noises or the pump turns on whenever water runs, these are signs the air bladder has failed. Water around the tank is another sign. This situation should be addressed promptly to prevent excess wear and tear on the pump. Replacing a well pump is significantly more expensive than replacing the pressure tank.

Rural homeowners can depend on plumbing services to resolve these problems.