Many Maryland residents depend on a private well as their primary water source, especially in suburban and rural areas. While well water tends to be relatively clean compared to surface water like reservoirs, lakes, or rivers, contamination is still possible, and it is up to the owner of the well to ensure the water is safe and healthy to drink.
Whether you are making coffee, cooking a meal, or enjoying a beverage with ice, pure water is important to achieve the best-tasting results. If your home has water quality problems, one of the best, most consistent solutions is a reverse osmosis system. It goes beyond simple filtering to remove 95% to 99% of common water contaminants, from excess calcium and salt to chlorine, fluoride, and organic materials.
Water that has an odd odor can be unappealing to drink, and it can often leave you wondering if it is healthy to consume at all. In most cases, unusual smells are perfectly harmless, but on rare occasions, they can pose health problems. Identifying the cause of the odor is an important first step in determining the risks to your health and your available treatment options.
According the University of Maryland, about 33.3 percent of all Maryland residents, or just over two million people, rely on private wells for their drinking water supply. Private wells can suffer from many of the same pollution problems as municipal water systems, with elevated levels of bacteria, viruses, pesticides, nitrates, heavy metals, and other contaminants.
In a home with a well, an electric pump draws the water from the well and sends it to your home at a high enough pressure to supply all the fixtures inside with plenty of water. If a pump starts and stops too often, its overall lifespan can be reduced due to the substantial stress of the startup process and initial current surge.
The quality of your water can have a significant effect on your health and comfort, and whether you are connected to a municipal water system or you have a private well, contamination is possible from a number of sources. Although private wells are especially vulnerable, as treatment is the responsibility of the well owner, even municipal water systems can contain contaminants, either from insufficient water treatment or from post-treatment contamination in the delivery system or a building’s plumbing system.
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.
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
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.
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.