Our water can contain dangerous chemicals, bacteria and more. These are more dangerous because most have no taste, can’t be seen or smelled. In fact, most water problems are detected 24 hours after the problem started, and reported to the public long after we can do anything about it.
Read below for questions and concerns we hear from our customers every day. Our water is a problem, but it doesn’t have to be. Contact our water treatment experts today to discuss the best solution for your home and family.
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Our water municipalities use chlorine to kill bacteria and viruses out of our potable water. However, that leaves us with water that tastes and smells like a swimming pool. Chlorine not only smells bad, but it dries out your skin, hair and nails. Chlorine can be filtered out of your water through some water softeners and through a process called reverse osmosis.
As water comes into your home, it can have a number of imperfections. Dissolved solids (clay, silt, etc.), bacteria and chemicals remain in the water and can cause what is called turbidity. These microscopic particles join together, causing the water to appear cloudy. Cloudy water increases the risk of bacteria and viruses to grow, leaving your drinking water at risk. You can clean your water through both water softeners, reverse osmosis and UV light treatments.
The white “crust” you see is called scale. Calcium and magnesium in the water join together to form a white, crusty buildup. The evidence of these elements can be found outside on your hosebibs, and inside on your shower doors (white spots, anyone?), dishes, glassware, flatware, faucets. What you don’t see is the impact it has on your water-using appliances! Dishwashers and washing machines become less efficient as the scale builds up inside the appliances. Water heaters become coated in scale, which makes it harder to heat the water. In turn, water heating costs increase. Coffee makers burn out faster, and other water using appliances stop working. Water softeners or conditioners can reduce the scale that enters your home, saving your plumbing and appliances.
Water that tastes or smells like rotten eggs can be the result of hydrogen sulfide or a buildup of various bacteria in the system. Hydrogen sulfide is the result of the decay of organic material; that material has then made its way into the drinking water. Hydrogen sulfide isn’t considered dangerous by water municipalities, but can corrode plumbing over time. Reverse osmosis and whole home water filtration will address both bacteria and hydrogen sulfide.
Chloride (salts) occur naturally in water, dissolving as it moves through our water sources. High concentrations of chlorides can cause a salty taste and will increase corrosion of plumbing and appliances. For those on sodium-restricted diets, the removal of natural salts in the water is paramount. Reverse osmosis and whole home water filtration can effectively remove salt from your potable water.
Water that has a metallic taste could have higher than normal amounts of iron, zinc and manganese. Zinc is usually present as the result of the corrosion of galvanized plumbing; iron and manganese are natural elements. As a result, water has the tang of a metallic taste. Water that contains these elements will:
- Darken your water – how black is your tea or coffee?
- Stain your appliances, laundry and plumbing fixtures
- Build-up in your water heater, which can require more than the recommended annual maintenance
You can reduce the amount of iron and manganese with water softeners; reverse osmosis will reduce zinc, and whole home water filtration will effectively reduce all three elements.
There are generally two culprits for water that tastes bitter or medicinal: copper or high levels of total dissolved solids (TDS). Higher levels of copper can cause stomach ailments (cramps, etc.), turn your hair a greenish tint and be toxic to aquarium fish. High levels of copper in the water generally come from the corrosion of copper pipes.
High levels of TDS can be another reason for medicinal tasting water. Total dissolved solids – dissolved minerals – will taste medicinal if they are mainly comprised of sulfates such as Epsom salts. Cumbersome and poor tasting, they generally do nothing more than to act as a laxative to people unaccustomed to drinking the water.
You can remove TDS and copper from your water through reverse osmosis or whole home water filtration.