Petroleum and Chemical Removal in Greensboro, NC
Petroleum and chemical contamination pose some of the more serious water problems because in the majority of these situations, cancer causing contaminants are involved. This requires more of a solution than a big-box store can provide.
The first step to solving this this problem is to determine exactly what contaminants are involved. We recommend that you contact a state-certified laboratory or your county health department to perform the necessary tests. They have the instruments needed to make an accurate assessment of the condition of your water.
Once you have these results, then and only then, can you go about looking for a solution. The next step is to contact two or three well-drillers for further assessment. Drilling a new well will give you the same quality water, better quality water or worse quality water. If you have a fairly shallow well then digging deeper may fix your problem. JUST A NOTE AT THIS POINT: The two sources of contamination will either be your well or a neighbor’s well. A leaking, buried storage tank on your property may be the source of your problem, while an old, abandoned service station, dry cleaners building, pest control company, etc. on his property may be responsible for contaminating the aquifer (water table)
In this stage of your investigation, your local health department can be a valuable asset. They have the knowledge of the problem and possible solutions, cameras and a history of water conditions surrounding your property.
As a rule of thumb, any contaminant that ends with “cide” i.e. pesticide, herbicide, insecticide, biocide, can usually be treated with carbon. The amount of carbon, the containment vessels, and the plumbing setup would be determined by the treatment company you decide to perform the work.
After you have determined what contaminants you’re dealing with and after you have looked into the feasibility of drilling out the problem, then and only then look at water treatment equipment to fix the problem. Water treatment equipment for all the good it does, is a patch — it is a patch that works — but it is still a patch and with this type of contamination it should be the solution of the last resort. If well driller says they can drill out the problem and they are mistaken, then you will have the cost of a new well plus the cost of water treatment equipment. Conversely, if you purchase water treatment equipment when the problem can be drilled out of, you now have the long-term costs of maintenance, when with a new well there may be no recurring costs.