Is your well water coming out of the tap in a cloudy state? There’s a number of possible explanations for cloudy well water, but the two most common reasons are poor filtration and surface water seepage.
Before we continue, make sure you’re not mistaking air bubbles for cloudiness. To test this, pour well water from your tap into a clear glass. Wait several minutes. If the cloudiness dissipates after sitting for some time, then you can comfortably assume the air bubbles were to blame for the water’s appearance.
However, if after several minutes the cloudiness doesn’t go away or you notice particles settling at the bottom of your glass, then you’ll need to dig deeper…
Cloudiness Followed by Sediment
Once you let your cloudy well water sit out for a while and it eventually clears up, you might think you’re good to go. But before you take a sip, check out the bottom of your glass. Do you notice any tiny particles, sediment, or other impurities that have collected down below?
If yes, then you likely have a problem with your well’s filtration system.
Silt, dirt, and rust are common impurities that can make their way into a well system and get pumped into your tap right along with your water.
What to do: Have a professional first inspect your well itself for cracks, leaks, or damage; then, you’ll need to replace your filter or have it repaired.
Cloudiness After a Rainfall
The other common cause of cloudy well water is excess surface water. This typically happens in the aftermath of a major storm or downpour.
You see, excessive rainwater doesn’t always get absorbed right away. When the ground is totally saturated, the rainwater pools up. If this happens on top of your well, and your wellhead or casing isn’t properly sealed, then the surface water will trickle into your system. Thus, the cloudiness you’re seeing.
Unfortunately, this surface water could be bringing chemicals, bacteria, and other contaminants with it.
What to do: Have a professional test your well water for known microbes and pollutants. Don’t drink it until you’ve gotten the okay.
Good news for folks in the Capital District, Columbia County, and the Berkshires: Goold Wells & Pumps is available to help you discover the cause of your cloudy well water! Whether you need testing, repairs, or treatments, our team is at your service.