Wednesday, June 13, 2018

What to Know About Fluoride and Well Water

All water contains fluoride, although there are times when it can become problematic. When consumed in the proper amounts, fluoride can help strengthen both teeth and bones. There are even public water systems that actually add fluoride to enhance those benefits, especially the prevention of tooth decay. This is often done because too little fluoride can have ill effects on teeth and gums.

As beneficial as it can be, too much fluoride can have adverse effects. In children, excessive fluoride can cause colic while adults can suffer the effects of arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, gum disease from ingesting too much fluoride. Another side effect is fluorosis, which is an extreme discoloration of the teeth.

Other potentially more severe effects are still being studied and debated. However, it is without doubt that children are at a higher risk for overexposure to fluoride. Their size and body weight makes them more susceptible to side effects as they are not as tolerant of the same quantities as adults. In accordance to their guidelines, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently recommends that children younger than 9 years of age avoid drinking water with fluoride levels exceeding 2.0 mg per liter. This means the excess fluoride needs to be filtered out with something like a reverse osmosis system or bottled water would need to be provide for the child.

It is not uncommon for those with a private well to experience problems with fluoride. That is due to the fact that the fluoride is found in the environment. When there is an abundance of fluoride, its compounds actually mix in into well water as the water makes its way over rocks and soil.

When there is suspicion that well water contains fluoride, the first step is to have it tested. If that test comes up positive, the next step is to install a water filtration system. There is a long list of benefits that come with the installation of one of these systems as it will ensure that you and your family have access to clean, healthy water.

Even if fluoride levels are not exceedingly high, it is a good idea to install a water filtration system in your private well. Natural sediment, chlorine and other contaminants will also be removed and provide sound peace of mind for your family. It is also important to note that Britas do not remove fluoride, nor will boiling or freezing water.

Brown Well Supply provides well maintenance services and that includes installing water filtration systems to ensure your family has clean and healthy drinking water. For well prospecting and well drilling in Salisbury, NC, contact the professionals at Brown Well Supply today.

Monday, May 14, 2018

How to Tell If You Need a Water Softener

Not everyone is going to able to tell the difference between hard and soft water. Fortunately, there are several warning signs that help make that distinction and here’s a glimpse at how to tell if you need a Salisbury NC water softener installed in your home.

First, it is important to identify the issues that are a result of hard water. Homemakers experience a good deal of problems with hard water. One of those problems is that hard water leaves deposits of soap detergent on clothes during the washing process. This can result in the dulling of colors. If you are not sure whether or not your water is hard, drop some detergent into some water. If that detergent does not lather up in the water, then your water is hard. That will also require double the amount of detergent when washing clothes.

In the bathroom, hard water leaves evidence of soap scum. Hard water is also rough on hair and skin during the bathing process. Dry skin is one sign that your shower is dispensing hard water. The problem is that there is an abundance of minerals in the water.

According to Brown Well Supply, hard water also causes issues in the kitchen, leaving dishes and glassware both spotty and streaky. The use of soft water can fix all of those issues.

As much as it can be a cosmetic issue, hard water can also impact the plumbing in a home. Hard water has a tendency to become slimy. That kind of water running through a home plumbing system will eventually cause a buildup of mineral deposits. This is why it streaks glassware and dishes. Even windows can become stained when washed with hard water.

 The buildup of hard water in pipes can become very problematic. It slows down the flow of water and a lack of water pressure is noticeable throughout the home. What happens is actual scale deposits wind up clogging the pipes. That could be a costly expense to fix if left unattended for too long. When you notice a lack of water pressure, it’s time to check your water as it could be an imminent warning sign that it is hard.

Brown Well Supply can cure your home’s hard water problems with the installation of a CSI water softener. Also offering Salisbury NC well drilling, well pump service and the installation of water filtration systems, Brown Well Supply can accommodate every homeowner’s water system needs.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Signs That You Are In Need Of Well Repair

Well repair is not something that is an everyday topic of conversation among homeowners. However, when a problem arises with a well, it quickly becomes a top priority. And when that time arrives, it is important to know exactly why there is a need for well repair. Here is a look at some of the signs that indicate Salisbury NC well repair is needed.

Wear and Tear

Wells are used every day and time is eventually going to take its toll. A well pump usually is expected to last an average of 10 years. There are numerous factors which will provide your well with another couple of years of use, or take away a couple of years. Those factors include the water quality, frequency of use and level of sediment in the water.

Dry Seasons

Extended periods without rain can cause problems to your well. This will be evidenced by water sputtering out of your household faucets. Another sign involves the clarity of your water. If it is a bit murky or tastes different, there is probably a need for well repair. When this occurs, it usually means that the well pump will have to be lowered as it is not placed at the right depth to contend with extended droughts.

Turning On and Off

Wells that are a little older often contain steel piping, which are susceptible to leaks. When a leak occurs, your pump will continue to turn on and off, even when you are not using your water.  This problem could also mean your water system needs to be serviced.

Water Discoloration

The first signs of discolored water should prompt a call to a professional well repair service. This is often caused by the location of the well as some are drilled in areas that have high accumulations of sulfur, iron and other kinds of minerals. The discoloration is a sign of those minerals. The best way to remedy this problem is to install a NC water filtration system.

No Water

This is the most obvious sign of a problem and it could be due to a variety of issues. Some of the causes could be a blown circuit breaker, a clog in the foot valve, or a broken check valve. In colder regions, it may simply be a case of frozen pipes.

In business since 1868, Brown Well Supply Company features a team of highly trained technicians who can take care of all types of well repair. When you experience any issue with your well, water filtration or water softener systems, contact Brown Well Supply for all your repair needs.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Why Wells Are Needed Outside Of Big Cities

People who live in big cities rarely have to worry about their water supply being treated because that is a duty entrusted to the city or municipality. The water coming into their homes is supposed to be treated and tested. However, the same cannot be said for many people living outside urban areas and rely on well drilling to find source of water.

Those who do not live within the parameters of a big city frequently have no access to water pipes that are treated. Within some kinds of soil, there are minerals which can actually cause damage to water pipes. There are also special kinds of piping that can be used to keep those minerals from damaging pipes and polluting water.

The city of Salisbury, NC Vision 2020, map depicts current & future water service areas.
Some areas outside of the city do not have access to soft water. This is the preferred type of water and when a well only has access to hard water, water softeners can provide a fix.

That does not mean that water used in major cities is not subject to pollution. That is often a result of some kind of chemical making its way into a public water supply. There are also issues that threaten well water in more rural areas. That causes the responsibility to shift to the homeowner.

Testing that water is a critical part of the process. Some homes that have wells cannot be sold without proof that their water has been validated by a safety test. Water testing kits can be purchased in a variety of stores and are very simple to use. If a problem should arise, there is not always a reason to panic. Homeowners can administer their own chlorination procedures, which will destroy bacterial threats.

Water supply is never threatened in a big city because there is an ample amount supplied by the water department. In more rural areas, homeowners rarely have to worry about their wells drying up. If the flow of water stops, it usually signals a malfunction in one of the well’s components. Therefore, homeowners need to be aware that, at some point, well maintenance services will be needed.

Brown Well Supply has the experience and expertise to provide homeowners with well digging and repair in Salisbury, NC and the neighboring communities. We offer a wide selection of well supplies and also specialize in well prospecting. For the best well repair Salisbury, NC has to offer, contact Brown Well Supply today.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Importance of Professional Well Drilling

Having your own well to supply your home or business with clean and safe water has its share of advantages. Those without a well, perhaps at a home site or vacation property, may be looking to add a well. When that decision is made, hiring a professional well drilling service cannot be overstated.

Forget about ancient images of shovels accompanied by days and days of digging. Modern machinery has made well drilling a much quicker task. However, most people do not have access to heavy duty machinery that is necessary to complete this kind of job.

Some wells have to be drilled out deeper than others. The process is similar to oil drilling, although it is done on a smaller scale. A smaller bit is also used in the process. The drilling is actually the most expensive part of the process and those who attempt to do this on their own can expect to pay through the roof. On the other hand, permitting is required in most states when you hire a professional, but may not be when drilling a well on your own. Consider all these potential cost before trying to turn water well drilling into a DIY project.

Choosing the location of your well is typically left up to you. The top priority is choosing a location that has the best access to clean water. That simply means not having to drill as deep into the ground and avoiding things like septic drain fields. The drilling persists until the appropriate water is reached and that is typically located between the layers of coal and sand deep underneath the surface.

The minimum drilling can extend downward to 20 feet, although most wells have to be drilled much deeper. Wells that are considered to be shallow are generally 30 feet deep while many have to be drilled as deep as 75 feet or more.

Water can be found at levels closer to the surface, although that water contains various elements and minerals, which can deem it unhealthy. It is important to go deep enough to where the water is safe. Once a well is drilled there are other parts to install and that is also best left in the hands of the professionals.

When you are ready to add a new water well to your property, consider the following:
  • What is the purpose of the well?
  • Where would you like the well to be located?
  • What type of pump system do you want; Manual, electric or both?
  • Do you need a water filtration system?
  • Do you need water softener?

Remove the guesswork by contacting Brown Well Supply for your well drilling and repair needs. Brown Supply Company is fully staffed with a team of experienced professionals who will attend to all your well drilling and repair in Salisbury, NC and the surrounding communities. Well maintenance services are also available as Brown Well Supply is ready to put our expertise to work for you.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Water Softener Truths and Myths

There is a lot to know about water softeners Salisbury, although not everyone is privy to all of the finer points that come with this type of water system. Here is a look at six of the most popular myths about water softeners and the actually truths.

Myth #1: Water that has been softened actually feels soft or slick on the skin.

Truth: The term soft water describes water that has a decreased level of ions. While there is a noticeable difference in the minerals that are in soft water, the difference does not show itself to one’s sense of touch.

Myth #2: Water softeners create salty water within your home.

Truth: There are slight traces of salt in water that is softened, although it is undetectable when it comes to taste. This is also just a minute fraction of the amount of sodium that is recommended for daily intake. The reason there are small traces is because a brine solution made of salt is what flushed out hardness ions from your system.

water boiling in a cooking pot on a stove
Myth #3: Using a water softener will result in purified water

Truth: Water softeners remove certain minerals from water and even can take out the iron. However, water softeners do not purify your water as there are some heavy metals that may still infiltrate the water.

Myth #4: Soft water provides a fresher, cleaner taste.

Truth: This may differ from one person to the next as taste varies among people. However, people do not purchase water softeners for the taste, unlike bottled spring water. The main benefit of water softeners is not in the area of consumption.

Myth #5: Water softeners are expensive.

Truth: The installation of a water softener is relatively inexpensive with Brown Well Supply Company and there is also the need to consider how much it will save on energy bills. The cost of water heating can be reduced by as much as 1/3 of the previous cost. Also, half the dish and laundry detergent is required when using soft water instead of hard water.

Myth #6: Softened water will damage septic tanks.

Truth: Studies have proven that salty discharge from water softeners do not negatively impact septic tanks at all. Even any traces of salt have no effect on the functionality of a home’s septic tank.

Now that you know the facts, are you ready to consider a commercial or residential water softening system? Brown Well Supply can add a water softener or water filtration system to your home or business and make sure the installation is done right. The professionals at Brown Well Supply also specialize in all types of well repair in Salisbury, NC and the surrounding areas.