Don’t be alarmed, because this can be a highly misleading statistic, but it’s nevertheless true: more than 90% of all home water supplies are contaminated to some extent. And now for the good news: most of that contamination is so minor as to pose no risks to your health or the quality of your plumbing fixtures, etc.
Here’s another interesting thing about home water. Very often when you DO have a problem it’s not easy to detect. It can take months and years, in fact, before the negative effects of a problem, and even then, it’s not immediately clear that the problem is caused by poor water quality.
And then we have a series of water quality issues that are not only obvious, but easy to detect to home water quality. Here are the major culprits:
Odd Taste – Are your taste buds trying to tell you something? Pay attention. If your tap water has a slight metallic, bitter, or oily taste, consider purchasing a water filter.
Chlorine Odor – Chlorine is commonly added to public water supplies to remove harmful bacteria and microorganisms. While chlorine is not typically present in dangerous amounts, it can make your tap water smell a bit like a swimming pool. This chemical also removes beneficial bacteria like yeast, which can make baked goods go flat.
Rotten Egg Smell – If your is giving off a rotten egg scent, you have a higher-than-normal concentration of sulfur
Low Water Pressure – Several factors can bring about low water pressure, including internal pipe corrosion. Pipes can corrode for different reasons, including old age, but hard water is also a common cause. Hard water is the result of high levels of calcium and magnesium mineral content. As the sediment builds and forms an obstacle, water flow is restricted, thus leading to reduced water pressure.
Spots and Stains – Hard water can cause several other problems, too. These include spots and stains on your plumbing fixtures, spots on your glasses after running the dishwasher, reduced sudsing action in the shower or washing machine, white scaly deposits on your shower door and plumbing fixtures, and more.
Cloudy Water – Several harmless compounds can cloud up your water, even if just for a few seconds. However, if the cloudiness persists, it could be from bacterial contamination.
Are any of these water quality issues evident in your home? If so, we invite you to contact CT Mechanical Solutions. We are home water quality specialists and can recommend the right remedy to purify your water for all the right reasons.