If new home has water filtration equipment?

Water Soft­en­er with Brine Tank

 

What Should I Do If My New­ly Pur­chased Home Has Water Treat­ment Equip­ment That Was Pre­vi­ous­ly Installed?

We often get phone calls from new home­own­ers that pur­chased a home with pre-exist­ing water fil­tra­tion equip­ment installed.

SYSTEM WAS PREVIOUSLY INSTALLED BY US

In many cas­es the sys­tem had been orig­i­nal­ly installed by us for the pre­vi­ous home­own­er and the con­tact infor­ma­tion was attached to the sys­tem with a stick­er.  Nor­mal ques­tions from peo­ple that have nev­er had a pri­vate well or water fil­tra­tion equip­ment typ­i­cal­ly con­sist of, “What is this sys­tem doing?”  “How old is it?”  “How often should it be ser­viced?”   “When was the last time it was ser­viced?” “Can I drink the water?” In these sit­u­a­tions, it is easy for us to sim­ply look up the address in our data base and know what type of water fil­tra­tion equip­ment is installed and when, along with the last ser­vice date and next due.  At this point, one of our rep­re­sen­ta­tives can answer these ques­tions over the phone.  A num­ber of peo­ple pre­fer to set up a ser­vice call at their home even if the sys­tem is not quite due for ser­vice yet, just to start off fresh.  Once our field ser­vice tech­ni­cians arrive, they will per­form the ser­vice and explain to the home­own­er what is being done and why.  We pre­fer that our cus­tomers have a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the sys­tem that is pro­vid­ing them with clean water.

SYSTEM WAS NOT PREVIOUSLY INSTALLED BY US 

In oth­er sit­u­a­tions, we get calls from peo­ple that have water fil­tra­tion equip­ment in their new­ly pur­chased home but there is no con­tact infor­ma­tion, there­fore we get a call either because some­one referred them to us or they looked up water fil­tra­tion com­pa­nies over the inter­net or some oth­er way.  While our Com­pa­ny has the breadth and depth of expe­ri­ence to ser­vice any brand of water fil­tra­tion equip­ment out there, we will need to know who the man­u­fac­tur­ers are of the equip­ment (which is usu­al­ly iden­ti­fied on the sys­tems) in order for us to come with the appro­pri­ate mate­ri­als to prop­er­ly ser­vice the sys­tem.  Even if you do not have this infor­ma­tion, we can usu­al­ly deter­mine what mate­ri­als we need to prop­er­ly ser­vice the equip­ment.

We get at least a dozen calls per month from peo­ple that have these “orphaned” sys­tems.

Under-sink Reverse Osmo­sis Install

DON’T BE AFRAID!

Hav­ing water fil­tra­tion equip­ment in your home for the first time need not be a scary or anx­i­ety caus­ing sit­u­a­tion.  In fact, if you have the prop­er water fil­tra­tion equip­ment installed (& ser­viced at prop­er inter­vals) to treat your pri­vate well water or even city water, you will get the best qual­i­ty water you’ve prob­a­bly ever had.  It can make a huge dif­fer­ence in how your laun­dry comes out, for show­er­ing or bathing on your skin and hair, for cook­ing, bet­ter ice cubes, the clean taste of pure water and a host of oth­er ben­e­fits.

Typ­i­cal sys­tems installed in Mass­a­chu­setts, New Hamp­shire and Maine include water soft­en­ers for remov­ing iron and man­ganese, pH Neu­tral­iza­tion sys­tems to neu­tral­ize low pH or acidic (cor­ro­sive) water, sys­tems to remove Arsenic from well water and Radon from well water along with car­bon fil­tra­tion sys­tems for remov­ing chlo­rine and relat­ed byprod­ucts or oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants that might be present.  Reverse osmo­sis fil­tra­tion sys­tems are high­ly effec­tive in remov­ing most con­t­a­m­i­nants from your drink­ing water and are often added as a “point of use” sys­tem to feed a sep­a­rate faucet at the kitchen sink and/or con­nect into your refrigerator’s water dis­penser and ice mak­er.

Deter­min­ing the appro­pri­ate sys­tem for you is best approached with an ini­tial water test.  From there, an analy­sis by a qual­i­fied water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al will enable you to make the best deci­sion for your sit­u­a­tion, tak­ing into account not only the water chem­istry, but also the esti­mat­ed water vol­ume usage based on home size, num­ber of peo­ple in the fam­i­ly, etc.

For more infor­ma­tion, an H2o Care rep­re­sen­ta­tive can be reached at (800) 539‑1100 or email to [email protected] *www.h2ocare.com*

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Radon In water West Newbury, MA

                               RADON IN WATER & AIR

We know that radon from the soil con­tributes a sig­nif­i­cant share of our total expo­sure to radon. There are var­i­ous ways that this gas can find its way into a home, which will be iden­ti­fied lat­er in this write-up. The main focus of this arti­cle is how to reduce radon in water for homes on pri­vate wells that depend on ground water.

POTENTIAL SOURCES OF RADON IN THE HOME INCLUDE:

1. Cracks in walls

2. Cracks in sol­id floors

3. Con­struc­tion joints

4. Gaps in sus­pend­ed floors

5. Gaps in ser­vice pipes

6. Spaces inside walls

7. In your water sup­ply as gas is released into the air in the home.

SERIOUS HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

Remove radon from water in Groton

In 1988, the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Radi­a­tion Con­trol Pro­gram per­formed a study in con­junc­tion with the EPA. The data gath­ered from that study esti­mates that one out of four hous­es may have lev­els above the 4.0 Pico curries/Liter in air action lev­el. How­ev­er, the only way to know if your home has a prob­lem is to per­form a test.

Radon is a Class A car­cino­gen and the sec­ond lead­ing cause of lung can­cer. The increased risk of devel­op­ing lung can­cer from radon is direct­ly relat­ed to the con­cen­tra­tion of radon and the length of time that a per­son is exposed to it. The U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) esti­mates that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-relat­ed lung can­cer deaths each year. Radon is the num­ber one cause of lung can­cer in non­smok­ers, accord­ing to EPA.

Cig­a­rette smok­ers should keep their expo­sure to radon as low as pos­si­ble. Smok­ers have eight times the risk from radon as non-smok­ers. If the house was test­ed in an infre­quent­ly used base­ment, it may have mea­sured a radon lev­el that is high­er than the actu­al lev­el you are exposed to, spend­ing most of your time upstairs. Peo­ple with young chil­dren should be more con­cerned with the pos­si­ble con­se­quences of radon expo­sure 20 years from now than some­one in their late six­ties or sev­en­ties. Fam­i­lies with a hered­i­tary pre­dis­po­si­tion of can­cer should be more con­cerned about radon expo­sure than fam­i­lies who don’t have any his­to­ry of can­cer.

Question: My home inspector found radon in water in the home’s private well, should I not buy this house?

Answer:  Radon is a nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring radioac­tive gas and it can be found all over the world. It is pro­duced in the ground through the nor­mal decay of ura­ni­um and radi­um. This nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring radioac­tive gas called radon in water is com­mon in many wells. It doesn’t mat­ter whether the wells are pri­vate or pub­lic and whether they are shal­low or deep. Lev­els of radon in water can vary dra­mat­i­cal­ly from one well to anoth­er, but most ground water con­tains some radon. The good news is that radon can be safe­ly and effec­tive­ly removed from well water. So if you love the house, radon is not the rea­son not to buy it.

AERATION SYSTEM TO REMOVE RADON IN WATER

An Aer­a­tion sys­tem would be installed on the main water sup­ply just after the well tank. An Aer­a­tion sys­tem con­sists of a fiber­glass or plas­tic tank in which water is depres­sur­ized and agi­tat­ed. The best sys­tems will use a com­bi­na­tion of spray­ing the water and agi­ta­tion in the tank to achieve high­er reduc­tion rates. As the water is sprayed and agi­tat­ed the radon gas is released from the water in a sealed cham­ber and then is blown through a vent.  The radon gas will then ter­mi­nate out­side the house where it mix­es with out­side air and quick­ly reach­es nor­mal back­ground lev­els. The vent should be extend­ed above the roof if there is any chance of the radon gas reen­ter­ing the home and poten­tial­ly expos­ing the occu­pants to high lev­els of radon. Radon is reduced 24/ 7, pro­vid­ing con­stant water pres­sure.

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Radon removal sys­tem installed in base­ment at water’s point of entry

STATE CONTAMINANT GUIDELINE LEVELS FOR RADON MITIGATION (in pCi/L);

Mass­a­chu­setts = 10,000, New Hamp­shire = 2,000, Maine = 4,000, Rhode Island = 4,000

The above con­t­a­m­i­nant guide­lines do leave you scratch­ing your head as to why they have dif­fer­ent action­able lev­els.  If your well is expe­ri­enc­ing a lev­el of 7,000 pCi/L in Mass­a­chu­setts for exam­ple, you are not legal­ly required to do any­thing about it, how­ev­er, you need to make the deci­sion about whether you want your home to be exposed to this lev­el of radon gas.

ESTMATED COST — A prop­er­ly designed and installed sys­tem to remove radon from water will cost approx­i­mate­ly $4,500 to $6,000 depend­ing on oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants found in the water and the dif­fi­cul­ty of instal­la­tion, includ­ing prop­er vent­ing to the out­side of the home.  With regard to on-going annu­al main­te­nance of the sys­tem, which includes a cer­ti­fied lab water test, you should bud­get approx­i­mate­ly $250 per year for this.

H2O Care, Inc. is an established, full service water testing and filtration organization formed in 1989.  See our published articles on water quality issues at http://h2ocare.com/publications/.We can be reached by calling us 800–539-1100 or email us at [email protected].  To link to the EPA website on radon, go to https://www.epa.gov/radon.

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