Protecting Your Water Quality in The Fall
Fall is officially here, which means the start of bonfires, pumpkin spice, and cozy clothing. These are all exciting, of course, but one thing you may not have thought about is how fall can affect your home’s water supply. And, as it turns out, there are several problems that the season can unexpectedly bring along with it. To keep your family safe, here are three simple ways of protecting your water quality in the fall.
First, how does fall affect water quality?
The Circle of Life may have been a catchy tune in The Lion King, but the song has its roots in reality more than we might realize. Everyone knows spring is when new life begins. Likewise, fall is recognized as the time when leaves change color and fall off trees.
This is the biggest way that fall can affect your water quality. Decomposing leaves are to be expected. However, excessive quantities of leaves can lead to dangerous nitrogen and phosphorus deposits in the soil. These, in turn, can leach into your water supply and lead to both algae and bacteria build-up.
Have your water professionally tested
Your first line of defense against any contaminants in your water is a professional water test. This is a great way of protecting your water quality as your Atlantic Coast Water Clinic technician can identify problems in your water supply that are — quite literally — invisible to the naked eye. From unsafe levels of bacteria to various elements to nitrogen, we’ll make certain that your water is safe to bathe in, drink, and for cooking.
Clean up leaves from your yard
There are also small steps you can take to protect your water quality. The simplest is to keep the areas around your well free of organic debris. If your yard doesn’t have a ton of trees, you can usually mow your lawn. The mulching action of your mower will safely eliminate this problem. Alternatively, you can bag them up for the trash company or your municipality to haul away.
Specifically, if you have a well, keeping this area free of leaves will help to eliminate the nitrogen problem we mentioned earlier.
Clean your gutters
Our third tip for protecting your water quality in the fall also has additional benefits for your home. Keeping your gutters free of debris is important not only to protect your water but also to minimize damage to your home. Overflowing gutters can ironically lead to foundation damage via erosion. Likewise, stagnant water can attract pests.
However, if they’re left to decompose in your gutters, this will lead to a multi-layered mess. It can also indirectly lead to problems with your water supply and negatively impact your family’s health.
Protecting your water quality since 1976
Our team is here to help. From testing your water to installing purification systems to ongoing maintenance, there’s no problem we can’t solve. One of our goals is protecting your water quality, whether it’s in the fall, winter, spring, or summer.
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Then call the offices of Atlantic Coast Water Clinic at 772) 283-4767 or send us a message here to request a quote: www.atlanticcoastwater.com/request-a-quote/