Considerations when in the market for Water Treatment Equipment
The Science of Water, Water Testing, Water Treatment
If something is bothering you about your water, whether it be taste, smell, appearance or feel, you may need a water treatment system. The first step to resolve any concerns or issues would be to have your water tested. We recommend you test your drinking water for a list of basic minerals (some naturally occurring, some not) such as: sodium, fluoride, chloride, pH, hardness, nitrate-N, nitrite-N, iron, manganese, total coliform bacteria, E. coli bacteria, copper, lead and arsenic.
A water treatment system may be considered “point of use” or “whole house”. Which type to use would depends on the chemistry of your water and what issues or concerns you want resolved. A “point-of-use” system would be installed at one location in the home, typically at a kitchen sink, and would only treat the water at one or two faucets. A “whole-house” system would be installed at the entry point of the water coming in to the home and would be designed to process all the water your family uses in a day. This type of system would be used for contaminants that are both harmful to you and/or may bother you for showering, brushing teeth or could possibly cause corrosion or build up in your pipes.
Usually, outside water faucets won’t need treatment, unless you have a swimming pool where some contaminants could cause staining of your pool liner. This would be at the home owner’s discretion.
Good questions for you to ask during this process: What is the treatment method? How does it work? What other options are available? Why is the system you’re recommending better than other options?
When choosing a treatment device, identify the following: What chemicals are used for the treatment? Where do the contaminants removed end up? What are common problems that occur with the recommended system? What maintenance will I have to do? How much will maintenance cost?
Other considerations include: Warranty, service after the sale, contract provisions, total purchase cost, and projected maintenance/operating cost.
During the process of choosing a system and installer, you should also check for the following: Will there be a bypass for outside water? Will it have a built in bypass for maintenance of the equipment? Is more than one system required to fully address the concerns? (Different types of systems are required to resolve different concerns.) You could have more than one contaminant that would require more than one system. How often should the water be tested to ensure the system is working properly?
Epping Well & Pump would be happy to walk you through this entire process. Our philosophy is to recommend the right equipment to resolve your concerns, with the least maintenance required by the home-owner, at the best long term cost. Call us at 603-679-5299.