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How Do You Select the Best Water Softener for Well Water?

Hard water can be damaging to both your health and your piping system over time. Being aware that you have hard water is the first step towards taking measures, so read on to find out what the signs of hard water are, how to test it, and what to do about it.

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water is characterized by high concentrations of minerals like magnesium or calcium. While these elements are normally present in the water system, when they exceed a certain concentration the water becomes damaging to your pipes, appliances, and even to your health and well-being.

Damage Caused by Hard Water

Hard water can cause scaling on the inside of your pipes, causing breaking and bursting over time. It can reduce the lifespan of your appliances using water, and water heaters. When it comes in contact with soap residue, it forms soap scum, which can easily form clogs in your sink and bathtub drains.

If you use hard water daily, you might notice damage to your skin, in the form of rashes and dry skin or dull hair.

Do You Need a Water Softener for Your Well Water?

To determine if you do need a water softener for your well, do a quick test for water hardness. Your municipality or private water purifying companies can provide free tests in your area.

Try our online water problem diagnosis or book a free in-house water test from Ising’s Culligan Water.

If your water hardness is more than 7 grains per gallon, it’s a sure sign that a water softener is needed.

How to Choose the Right Well Water Softener

When it comes to your well water, choose a system that is not hard to maintain and has a minimal impact on the environment. Standard salt-based softeners that have been used widely in the past are not so desirable anymore, because of the damage they cause to the environment.

If you do choose a brine system, make sure it has a smart monitoring feature that tells you when it’s time to replace the salt in the brine tank. Our systems are equipped with a wifi system that alerts you to an easy to install and use the app.

If you are going to a salt-free solution for your well water, choose a product like our Culligan Salt-Free Conditioner or check our offer for more options.

If you need a water softener for your well, call us at 925-206-3727 or fill in the online contact form.

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How To Disinfect Your Well Water To Kill Bacteria: Your Step-By-Step Guide

It’s important to test your well water regularly to ensure it’s safe and healthy for consumption and use by your family. So if you test your well and you find that the well water become contaminated with dangerous or harmful bacteria,

1. Calculate The Volume Of Water In Your Well & Distribution System

First, you’ll need to estimate the volume of water that’s in your well, and in your water heater, pressure tank, and other systems of your home. If you’re not sure how much water your well contains, you can use this calculator to estimate the water volume in your system.

2. Add Household Bleach To Your Well To Kill Bacteria

You’ll want to add enough household bleach to reach 100 ppm (parts per million). The precise volume of water you’ll need to use depends on the size of your well, and the type of bleach you use. If you use a bleach that contains about   5-6% sodium hypochlorite bleach, you’ll need about 4.65 cups per 100 gallons of water in your system.

Pour the bleach on every part of your well, including the casing. Use a hose to pump well water back into the well, and rinse the entire well to make sure that the bleach is evenly distributed.

3. Wait Up To 24 Hours To Disinfect The System

Do not use the water in your well for at least 3 hours. 12-24 hours is preferable. During this time, the bleach will do its job by destroying harmful pathogens and bacteria in your well water. The longer you wait, the more thoroughly your well will be cleaned and sanitized.

4. Flush Your System To Remove Chlorine

As the final step, you’ll need to flush your well to remove chlorine from the system. Open up every tap and faucet in your home and property and begin pumping the water out of the well. If possible, water from outdoor faucets should be directed to areas without vegetation, such as gravel roads.

You must continue pumping the water out of your well until the chlorine odor dissipates. Then, you may turn off your taps, and allow your well water to re-accumulate. Then, test your water to ensure it’s free of bacteria.

Reverse Osmosis Can Help You Keep Your Well Water Safe & Healthy

If you have a well that’s been contaminated in the past, a reverse osmosis (RO) system may be a great investment for your home. With a reverse osmosis system from Ising’s Culligan Water, you can ensure that your water is always safe and healthy to drink. Visit our solution center or contact us at 925-206-3727 to get started.