If all of your home’s water comes from a city water main, rather than a well, then you likely know that the water supply goes through a heavy treatment process before it reaches your household. The effectiveness of these water treatment facilities vary from city to city, though most of them are definitely good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials from the water. It’s important to remember though, there are a lot of miles between that water treatment plant and your home, and so a water treatment plant can’t be 100% effective at eliminating all possible contaminants.
There’s always a chance that some trace elements such as lead or mineral deposits can get into your home’s water supply. While some contaminants are definitely more unhealthy than others, nobody wants impurities in their water, period. In order to add an extra layer of protection to your home’s water supply, you may want to consider installing a water treatment system. This is especially a good idea if you notice the following symptoms:
Homes across the country have this problem, and it’s the result of hard water. What is hard water? Water with a high level of minerals in it–namely calcium, magnesium, and sometimes even iron. Long-term exposure to hard water causes limescale to form in the pipes of your home. It’s not a health threat, but it can cause problems for your plumbing pipes.
Plumbing systems with advanced limescale buildup are significantly less efficient. If the limescale is allowed to build up in the pipes, then it can harden and become impossible to remove without damaging your plumbing system further. But leaving the limescale to build up can also cause blockages.
If you notice a white or yellow chalky substance around faucets or drains in your house, you may very well have hard water. Fortunately, an easy way to resolve this issue is with a whole house water softener system. Not only will this improve the taste of your water, but it will also improve the quality of your plumbing system and the things affected by your plumbing system–like your clothes in the washing machine and your dishes in the dishwasher.
Your Water Tastes Bad
There are a number of potentially harmful waterborne pollutants that could change the taste of your drinking water. Few people actually enjoy the taste of tap water anyway, and it’s bound to have a bit of a mild taste regardless. But if you notice a substantial change in the taste of your water, particularly if it’s metallic, then you’ll want to have a professional do some water testing and see what the problem is.
It’s definitely best to err on the side of caution here to ensure that your water is safe, rather than risking exposure to harmful contaminants. And after we do water testing, we can help you determine what the best solution for your home is. It may be a basic water filtration system, or it could be something more advanced, like a reverse osmosis (RO) system.