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Signs Of A Faulty Septic System

I thought I had a septic problem when my toilet and sink wasn't draining properly. This suspicion was confirmed when sewer water started backing up in my bathtub. I figured that this was a job for a professional, so I called a local sewer service company. Sure enough, my septic tank was full and this was causing the problem. After having my tank pumped out, my drains run freely and my toilet flushes better than it has in a long time. My name is Wesley Hammond and the experience that I had with my septic system is the reason that I'm writing this blog. Since sewage backup in the house is very unhealthy, everyone should be aware of the signs of a faulty septic system. As you read these articles, you'll learn about the different types of septic system problems and how you can keep them from happening.



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Low Flow: Reasons Why Your Well May Not Be Pumping As Much Water

by Jacob Reed

If you have a well in order to get your household water, you should always be aware of potential well problems. One of the most common problems with household wells is reduced water flow. Even though low water flow is annoying for you, it is indicative that there could be something seriously wrong with your well or with your water usage. If you have noticed that your water flow is significantly reduced, it's time to troubleshoot the problem by looking for more symptoms that could lead to a diagnosis. 

Problem: Mineral Deposits

One of the main causes of reduced well flow is that minerals can eventually build up inside the well, collecting on the well-screen or the sides of the casing, as well as on the pump itself. This reduces the amount of water that is able to make it through to your tap. The easiest way to tell if mineral deposits are part of your flow problem is to check your plumbing fixtures for signs of buildup. Your taps, and even your bathtub, may end up having a layer that is difficult to remove. If the minerals are coating your household plumbing fixtures, then there is a very good chance they are also affecting your well. After the problem and mineral type has been diagnosed, a well professional will need to clean the well before the water flow will be fully restored. 

Problem: Unbalanced Water Use

Wells work because they tap into ground water stores. These aquifers provide you with the fresh water you need. They slowly replenish as snow melts and rain leeches down into the soil. Underground water flow also helps balance out the water table. However, reduced flow could mean that your use of water is outstripping the aquifer's ability to replenish its stores. Eventually, if water use is not changed, the well will run dry. The only way to diagnose this problem is to have a professional compare the current water level with water levels in the past. 

Several households with wells may also draw from the same aquifer. Well drillers should not drill more wells than a single aquifer will support, as too much use from too many households cannot be remedied by one homeowner alone. This is why wells are best for rural areas, instead of subdivisions or sub-urban developments. 

There are several ways to solve this problem. Drilling a different well with reduced draw can help, but the best way to allow the aquifer to replenish is to reduce well use overall so that the water table has the chance to rise. You can also hire a well drilling company to look for a different aquifer on your property, or have your current well deepened so that it draws on water stores that are deeper in the earth.

Problem: Biofilm Residue

Over time, the pump and shaft of the well can become home to mineral loving bacteria, which begin to coat the mechanism in a slimy layer. With the bacteria gumming up the works, the well will have reduced ability to draw and pump properly, resulting in flow problems for you. If you think that biofilm might be the problem, look for slimy residue on your taps, garden hose openings, or the feed troughs of your animals.

Biofilm build up can be prevented by a chlorine shock during your normal well maintenance-- usually once or twice per year. If you neglect to have your well shocked, the build up eventually will compromise water quality.  

Don't live with water well flow problems. Contact a water well drilling company today to make sure that your well is functioning optimally.