Did you know that well water filters are not universal? There’s no such thing as an “all-purpose” well water filter because each one is engineered to treat a different issue. So, when you want to install a water filter for your well, you have to select the filter that’s specifically designed to treat your particular water problem.
Therefore, before you purchase a water filter, make sure you’ve identified your specific issues through a professional well water test. Then, select the ideal filter based on the contents of your well water.
Types of Well Water Filters and Their Uses
Here’s a simplified breakdown of the different water filters available to well owners. Keep in mind, you’ll likely need multiple filters if there’s more than one issue with your well water quality.
- Sediment trap: This type of filter keeps large particles like sand and rust out of your water.
- Chlorinator: Available in the form of liquid chlorine bleach or solid bleach pellets and powders, this is actually an ongoing water treatment, not a filter. However, chlorine is popularly used to kill many pathogens and bacteria, neutralize odors, and oxidize certain metals.
- Activated carbon filter: This type of filter removes organic contaminants that cause poor-tasting and poor-smelling water.
- Water softener: Usually a resin filter, this type of system treats hard water issues.
- Reverse osmosis filter: This type of filter is primarily effective in removing specific chemical contaminants like sodium, fluoride, arsenic, radium, nitrates, and nitrites. It also removes certain dissolved solids.
- Ultraviolet lamp: Harnessing the disinfecting powers of UV light, this type of filter removes all microbiological contamination in your drinking water.
Again, make sure you receive a professional assessment from a local well specialist before proceeding with a purchase or installation. A thorough test will tell you the exact contaminants that are lurking in your well water and at what concentrations. Once you know which bacteria, viruses, chemicals, metals, and other substances you need to treat, you can install the most effective combination of filters for the job.
We Offer a Wide Variety of Water Filters and Treatments
Does this all sound a little overwhelming? That’s where we can help. Goold Wells & Pumps installs well water filters and treatment systems of all kinds, and we also perform expert testing. This means we can thoroughly assess the contents of your well water and advise you on the optimal filtration and treatment system for you. Make an appointment when you call today!