(Closed) Lead in our water…. New Well??

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: {DOUBLE POLL} Did you have a New Well Dug? Cost?




    $9K +

    [NEW POLL] Did you get a House Filter Put in? Cost?




    $6k +

  • Post # 3
    2609 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I would definitely make sure all your pipes are checked and fixtures. Many times the fixtures in older home contain lead. So even if the pipes were updated if the fixtures were not the lead could be coming from those right at the tap.

    Another tip is that typically if the lead is in your home system and not the well itself running the water for awhile to flush out the system can help. You may want to do a before and after test. Do a first draw sample (no water running – even toilet flush for 6-8 hours) and then run the water for awhile and take a sample. See if that helps.

    Lead is typically measured as ppb or ug/L so I am unsure what your units of mu/g are referring to in this regard. The EPA action level for lead is 15 ppb.

    If your levels remain high the best thing to do is follow a professional’s recommendation to remedy the problem. If you have a local health department or state agency I would contact them for information as well, I work for our public health department and we answer questions about these issues all the time for homeowners. I work with the microbiology side of it but our chemists test for lead all the time.

    Best of luck and I hope the cause of this issue is found out soon!


    Post # 5
    1144 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    A new well may not cure your problem. I would call your nearest water district for help, they may get an engineer to help you for free Or may offer to sample your water For free.

    Post # 6
    674 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @FreckledFox:  Have they tested at a point prior to it entering the house fixtures, such as at the bleedoff on the pump? I am not sure that the RO is functioning correctly if it is not getting hardly any of the lead out. Have you had it checked?

    Post # 8
    5789 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Who suggested you call a plumber anyway? We have everything you’ve mentioned, and when we had a problem with our well pump, we had to call in a company that specializes in wells.

     We have had to replace the pump 3 times in 15 years, as we were ‘taken’ by the first company as we were so ignorant about what he was supposed to do. The first pump lasted less than 3 months, as he placed the new one at the same level as the old, without measuring and making sure the water level hadn’t dropped and it was submerged. For a pump with a 20 year warranty on it, and him telling us it burned out by being struck by lightening after a recent storm, our Homeowner’s insurance company certainly didn’t buy it. They arranged to have it picked up and tested and denied the claim. We paid $1500. the first time, $2000. (to another company the second) and $3500. to yet a different co. for the third. We couldn’t believe there were so many well companies using unlicensed and ill trained labor for these jobs. Twice our pumps were placed too high to allow for water table fluctuations.

    Our RO system requires minimal upkeep. Filters are replaced annually, and that’s it. It usually runs in the $100. range and is an easy DIY. The replacement filters also come with a test kit so you can test all your levels.

    Our property has 2 wells on it, but were done before we bought. I have no idea of the cost to replace it if we should ever need it. I called the town’s water dept. at one point to see if there was a significant drop in the underground water table as half our neighborhood had well pumps burn out over the course of a summer. It happened in another local neighborhood too, as the amount of new homes being built and wells being dug was affecting us all. Of course they denied any responsibility (as we knew they would), so everyone had to do a lot of replacing that year through no fault of our own.

    I’m not sure what a whole house filter is, tho.

    Post # 10
    5789 posts
    Bee Keeper

    We have it too, and it wasn’t too bad to upgrade that whole tank system a few years ago Around $750, I think. For that, we need to keep adding solar salt (in huge bags) to filter the water. Its a pain but its a must.


    The only issue we’ve had and was found on our own home inspection is the sulfur smell of the tap water. Not harmful and now we don’t even notice it.


    We’ve had some medical issues over the years, and lead contamination was something I was concerned about too. Our house was built in 1969. I had the EPA out to test the water and had my Dr. send me for a blood test to check my levels. Both were fine.


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