For those whose homes use well water, you are going to want to read this! Missouri has its seasons, and when it rains, it pours. And while this may be a good thing for farms and gardens, it can be detrimental to your water supply.
How Flooding Can Contaminate Your Well Water
Wells covered by flood water can become contaminated with parasites, bacteria, and other pollutants – in some cases, e coli can get into your water supply. If that isn’t enough, there is also the danger of electrical shock, and potential damage to your well pump, pressure tank and pipes.
Debris, sediment, sand and other pollutants (including sewage in some cases) can be carried by flood waters into your well even if your wellhead isn’t covered by water. Especially wells over 10 years of age, and/or wells less than 50 feet deep can be impacted by flooding. Shallow and older wells with bad seals can be contaminated by surface water as well as flood water.
What to Do When Your Well Water is Flooded
Before going to disinfect your well, make sure there isn’t potential to get electrocuted. Exposed or damage wiring poses a potential threat of shock and electrocution. The best course of action would be to ask a professional service technician to come out and check your well.
Even services such as emergency shock chlorination doesn’t always solve the problem. Sure, it can get rid of odors, and disinfect bacteria, it doesn’t correct the source of the issue. For example, if bacteria and parasites are entering your well water supply from a damaged septic tank, bacteria and parasites may continue to enter into your well water after shock chlorination.
Another downside to shock chlorination is that it can loosen up limescale (a hard off-white deposit found on your showerheads, faucets and in your appliances which is a result of hard water), and other mineral deposits which can clog valves and fixtures in your home. Keep in mind, shock chlorination doesn’t remove all contaminants. Nitrate, an acute contaminant, is a prime example of this.
GET YOUR WATER TESTED!!
The good news is there are professionals in and around Springfield, Mo., Bentonville, AR, Joplin, Mo., and Jefferson City who can come out and work on your well for you to see what exactly is in your water and whether or not it is contaminated. Aquasani is one such company whose water technicians are highly skilled and trained to handle such matters while educating people the right information to ensure they take the right course of action after flooding occurs.
You can receive a free water test by going to your county’s health department and getting a water test kit. Not only will they provide you with all the instructions on how to use it (it is quite simple, actually) but you get to see exactly what is in your water.
About Aquasani in Springfield, Mo.
Aquasani is an authorized dealer for Rainsoft, WaterLogic, & JavaSmart. Based in Springfield, Mo., Aquasani services areas in the Ozarks including Jefferson City, Springfield, Mo., Ozark, Nixa, Rogersville, Republic, Joplin, Branson and even Harrison, Arkansas, and Bentonville. In essence, we service Mid-Missouri, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas, and have been servicing these areas since 2004. We offer home water softener systems, drinking water filtration systems, whole house air cleaner systems, problem-solving water filtration systems and we also offer a coffee service to businesses in these above-mentioned areas as well.
The coffee service business is simple: an office purchases coffee from us, and we provide the coffee maker/dispenser (including Keurig coffee makers), deliver the coffee to the office as often as needed, and we even clean the coffee makers monthly.
We specialize in water filtration and purification for both commercial businesses and residential homes. If that isn’t enough, we provide free trials for our coffee and water cooler services. If you would like a free estimate, schedule an appointment with us by calling (417) 881-4000 and one of our Aquasani teammates will sort you out!