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What is the Best Filtration System for Well Water?

Well Water Filtration Systems

We can all agree that well water has its drawbacks– rusty stains, mineral build-up, a heavy taste, and sometimes a terrible smell. 

But, what if we told you all of those issues are solved with a reverse osmosis water filtration system and a few insider tips? You can enjoy clean, fresh water without the hassle. 

In today’s article, we will tell you which water filtration system to choose. Plus, tips for optimal performance, and how much you can expect to spend (don’t worry, it’s less than you think).

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Does well water need to be filtered?

Ohio water is known to be hard (too much calcium and other minerals), causes limescale buildup, and is prone to discoloration. This is especially true for well water. 

Of course, some wells owners are lucky enough to have very few issues. Growing up, I was not one of them. Our water often smelled like eggs, and white clothes were not an option. We needed a well water treatment system; you may not. 

Choose this water filtration system or you may be wasting money. 

Well-water is tricky; it has a very high TDS (total dissolved solids) which shortens the life of a standard carbon filter. It is for this reason we recommend a reverse osmosis system for well water. 

Here’s why.

A reverse osmosis system for well water has three pre-filters that create an initial barrier for more significant impurities. Then the RO Membrane reduces whatever is left. Think of it as looking at a funnel. The top of the funnel is where the initial impurity reduction happens, and as it approaches the smaller end, only certain particles are allowed to pass. The pre-filters stop the larger contaminants from passing and prevent the RO membrane from clogging. 

Distillata worker changing the prefilters on an under sink water filtration system

Apply these insider tips and you will get the best results.

Most water filters come with a manufacturer’s recommendation to replace them every 6-12 months. If you are treating well water, you should cut that in half to ensure that the filters are fresh enough to serve their purpose. A TDS meter will help gauge when it is time to change them. You should take a TDS reading when the system is installed to establish a baseline. And then again once a month to track the change in dissolved solids.

The best part? 

You don’t have to fret about remembering a schedule. We offer an automatic 3-month service. Applying this system will remove 99% of the impurities from your water and your family is drinking a safe and now excellent-tasting water. 

There is a catch.

Even Reverse Osmosis water filters are ineffective if there is a boil alert. Also, whatever caused the warning may damage your system. You should immediately cut the water to the system and request a service call to mitigate the risk of contamination. 

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Iron filter for well water

A carbon, sediment, or reverse osmosis filter with a rating of less than 1 micron can remove iron. The rating indicates the size of the particles the cartridge can remove. For your reference, a reverse osmosis membrane has a .0001 micron rating. But, metals such as iron can clog your system. It is again for this reason that we recommend changing your filters often. 

How much does a well water filter cost?

It depends. Most of our clients only need a very simple system. There are two varieties we use most. The first mounts discreetly under your sink and dispenses water through a stylish spigot on your counter. The second is a free-standing water cooler that ties to your water line. These units need to be placed near water access and an outlet. Most clients choose to rent these units as that option allows for free filter changes but, purchase options are available as well. 

One last tip. 

A water softener may also help with the reduction of minerals in your water but, you should talk to a well water treatment company before combining the two systems. 

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