3 Solutions to Common Home Water Problems

3 Solutions to Common Home Water Problems

Depending on your local water source and location, the quality of your water can vary a great deal. Understanding your water supply will help you to identify problems and how they could be fixed. In this article, we will look at three of the most common water quality problems and offer a solution to fix each one.

1. Hard Water

Over 85% of U.S. homes have hard water issues to varying degrees. This type of water isn’t hazardous to your health, but it can have an adverse effect on how you use your water. Soap and detergents are harder to lather up; many people report that washing with hard water can lead to a variety of conditions, such as skin irritation, dull hair, and spots on dishware. Hard water can also damage plumbing fixtures and water using appliances, making them prone to early failure.

The only way to deal with hard water is to install a water softener to remove the hardening minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. These systems are easy to install, simple to use and only require an annual service. This will improve your water quality; you will use less detergent, your appliances will last longer and be more energy efficient.

2. Iron in Your Water and Rust Stains

If you have orange stains on washed clothes and rusty colored streaks in your sinks and tubs, this is a sure sign that you’re water supply contains high concentrations of iron. Water with high iron content can damage the surfaces of your appliances, such as dishwashers, bathtubs, sinks, washing machines and water heaters.

A whole home water filtration system can remove the iron from your water making it cleaner and easier to use for cleaning. This will also prevent a buildup of iron deposits in your plumbing and prevent that bitter underlying taste that is associated with iron in drinking water.

3. Tap Water That Tastes Bad

Bad tasting or smelly tap water could be a sign of a number of possible water quality issues, such as high chlorine levels, iron deposits, hydrogen sulfide and dissolved solids. To narrow down the cause, it’s a good idea to get your water tested and then you can examine some possible solutions. A local water treatment professional will be able to help you with your water test and can suggest some ways to fix the problem.

Most of these water quality issues can be fixed with a combination of water filtration and conditioning systems. A reverse osmosis system is a great option to clean the water and improve the taste thoroughly. Oxidation can remove gas like smells and oily tastes. Activated carbon filtration will reduce the amount of iron to remove bitter metallic tastes and the accompanying rusty color. A sediment filter will remove any musty smells, moldy tastes, and the accompanying cloudy appearance. Many of these solutions will work with your current faucet, or you may want a whole house system to supply cleaner water to every plumbing fixture in your home.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.

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