My water tastes like a swimming pool!
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.
Why is my water cloudy?
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.
What is this white, crusty buildup on my faucets and shower heads?
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 hose bibs and inside on your shower doors, dishes, glassware, and 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 inches of 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. You can read more about hard water and the effect it has on plumbing and appliances below under the Frequently Asked Questions about Water Treatment.