Did you know there could be a perfectly legitimate reason you don’t like the taste of your tap water? It might actually be contaminated with particles or minerals that while not always harmful, definitely impacts the water quality, quality of your plumbing, and therefore your quality of life!
Whether it’s bad taste or smells in the water, there is a solution, and that’s finding you the right water filtration system or a combination of filtration systems. How do you know, though, if that’s really what you need?
We’ll get into some of the signs of poor water quality below… first let’s dive into what type of water filtration systems are on the market that we install. Read on!
Water Filters, Purifiers, and Softeners, Oh My!
There are a number of different options when it comes to cleansing the water that comes into your home. First, there is the treatment it goes through at your municipal water plant. This is great, but that water has many miles to travel before it reaches your taps and your plumbing appliances.
A water filtration system, or a water purifier such as a reverse osmosis (RO) system will help remove contaminants from your home’s water. This includes particles like bacteria, minerals, scum, etc. Our team can help match you up with the right water filter or water purifier.
And then there is a water softener. You’ve likely heard of “hard water” before, even if you weren’t sure quite what that meant. This is water with a high level of minerals in it–namely calcium, magnesium, and iron. These minerals are harmless for you to ingest, but they are not so harmless for your plumbing system.
Now, onto how you can tell if contaminants, particles, or minerals are present in your water…
The Signs of Poor Water Quality
Cloudy Water: Have you ever poured yourself a glass of water to find that it’s cloudy, but after a few seconds it clears up? This is harmless–it’s due to tiny air bubbles in the water. However, if it doesn’t go away and your water remains cloudy, it can be the result of hard water or even an excess of methane.
Soap Scum on Dishes: Do your dishes seem like they are still dirty even after you’ve washed them? Hard water makes it harder for soap to break down, and therefore residue can get left behind on dishes, making them seem like they’re still dirty even after you’ve hand washed them or put them through a cycle in the dishwasher.
Oily Film: Have you ever noticed an oily film on top of your water? If you stir it and it breaks up easily, then you’re likely looking at a build-up of iron bacteria. This is typically seen in well systems versus in traditional plumbing systems, and can actually indicate the need for a new well pump. But before you get too ahead of yourself, give our team a call for professional water testing!