If you get water from a main line from the city, rather than a well on your property, then you probably understand that the water goes through an extensive treatment process before it reaches your home’s faucets. The effectiveness of these water treatment facilities does vary, though they’re all mostly good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials. Still though, there’s a long way to go between that plant and your home, and there is always a small chance that some trace elements of contaminants can make their way into your water supply.
There is really no “safe level of exposure to these contaminants. If you want to truly protect your water supply, then you’ll want to have a water treatment system professionally installed. Before you reach that step though, you’ll want to have your water tested to see exactly which water treatment system or combination of water treatment systems will help. Read on to learn some signs that you may have water quality problems, then give us a call when you’re ready for professional water testing!
Homes throughout the country have an issue with hard water. This is water that has a high level of magnesium and calcium in it, sometimes even iron too. While these minerals are harmless for people or pets to ingest, long-term exposure to hard water does impact your plumbing system, and therefore your quality of life. If you notice limescale buildup around drain openings and faucets, it means that there is limescale buildup inside your pipes that can lead to corrosion and leaks.
Not only will you want to have your drains cleaned, but you’ll also want to think about how to avoid this in the future. A whole-house water softener is the way to do it! But let us conduct water testing first to see if this is truly a problem for your home, and what other problems might need addressing.
Foul or Odd Tasting Water
There’s a wide range of potentially harmful waterborne materials that can change the taste of water. While you might be one of those people who never actually enjoyed the taste of tap water, and it’s bound to have a little bit of a taste, you should never be totally disgusted by it.
If there is a metallic taste to your tap water, then you’ll want to have a professional check out the problem. It’s always better to be safe and ensure that your water is safe to drink and use than to risk your family’s exposure to something harmful.
Often also accompanied by foul tastes in the water, discolored water is another big sign that something is amiss with your water quality, and you may need a water treatment system installed.
Some discoloration might not necessarily indicate that there is a serious problem with your water supply. But if the discoloration is extreme, or the water is opaque, then it’s best that you avoid drinking or bathing in it until you have a professional check it.