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Are Water Softeners Bad for You?

For conditions like heart disease, many patients are advised by doctors to limit their sodium intake. This often entails avoiding processed foods that contain excess sodium and minimizing the addition of table salt during meals. But if you have hard water, you may wonder about the effects of your water softening system on your sodium intake, and whether it is a significant problem. In short, the answer is “No.” Water softening systems add a negligible amount of sodium, and the foods that you eat are, by far, the largest source of sodium in the average diet.

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When to Replace Your Well Water Tank

Many homes in rural or suburban areas relay on private wells to provide water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and other household uses. A typical well uses an electric pump to bring water into the home, often from significant depths, and that water is stored temporarily in a well water tank, also known as a pressure tank. Using a pocket of compressed air, the well water tank helps to maintain water pressure between pump cycles, and it stores several gallons of water to minimize pump usage when demand is high. A problem with the well water tank can cause the pump to cycle on and off frequently, which can lead to an expensive premature failure. Continue reading When to Replace Your Well Water Tank

How Much Distance Should Be Between My Septic Tank and My Well?

According to recommendations by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a septic tank should be at least 50 feet away from a well that is used for drinking water. This is also a requirement for a loan backed by the Federal Housing Authority, or FHA, though exceptions can be granted in some instances. The Code of Maryland Regulations requires specific distances for the distance between septic components and wells, and we outline these in the section below.

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Well Water Information for Maryland Real Estate Agents

In Maryland, many homes in suburban or rural areas depend on a private well for water, rather than a municipal water system. As a real estate agent, this will create a few extra steps that must be taken when you are working with the seller or the buyer of a home to determine the condition of the well and its associated systems, as well as the quality of the water. The process is similar to scheduling a home inspection, and it can help to expedite the sales process when done correctly.

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Reasons to Test My Private Well Water

Many homes in suburban and rural areas rely on private wells for water, and unlike municipal water systems, the homeowner is responsible for testing the quality of the water and treating it, if necessary. While in many cases the quality of well water is as good or better than municipal water, there is always the possibility of contamination from your property or those around you, especially if you live near a farm, a manufacturing facility, a salvage yard or any other commercial enterprise. Water contamination can cause a number of comfort and health problems, ranging from water that has a poor taste, to gastrointestinal illnesses or heavy metal poisoning.

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What is UV Water Filtration?

An ultra violet sterilization system employs ultraviolet light as a means to  kill harmful microorganisms like bacteria and viruses, without affecting the taste of the water or adding objectionable odors. Compared to other solutions, UV water filtration systems are fast, effective and require a minimal amount of maintenance. They can be used in conjunction with other technologies, such sediment filters and reverse osmosis, to provide superior quality drinking water for your home.

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Is Water Treatment Safe?

Clean drinking water is vitally important to living a healthy life, but there are many factors to consider when you’re deciding whether to pursue water treatment options. The first step should always be having a professional test your water for the presence of contaminants. If you use a private well as your water source, you should have your water tested at least once per year to ensure it is safe.

But if it turns out that water treatment is necessary, what are your options? Do they have any side effects? Is water treatment safe? Keep reading to get answers to these important questions!

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Is My Well Water Safe to Drink?

While most Americans draw their water from public sources, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates 15 million U.S. households (or about 15% of Americans) rely on private wells. Without clean water regulations from state and federal agencies, ensuring well water is safe depends largely on individual homeowners. If you have a private well that you intend to use for drinking water at your Maryland home, read on to learn how to be sure your well water is drinkable!
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