Common Water Issues That Could Be Affecting Your Home

Common Water Issues That Could Be Affecting Your Home

Water has a massive impact on our homes. We want to ensure that everything touches by water looks, tastes and smells its best. With excellent quality water, our fixtures can remain stain free and bright, appliances run efficiently and last longer, and clothing feels soft. Unfortunately, there are a number of issues that can affect our water quality and compromise our homes. Here we’ll explore some of the common issues that could be affecting your home.

Hard Water

According to the USGS, 85% of homes in the United States have hard water, making it the most common water quality problem in the nation. Regardless of whether you have a private well or a municipal supply, there is a great chance that your home is affected by hard water. Hard water is caused by a high mineral content, and this can cause scale accumulation inside pipes and appliances, soap scum and water spots on fixtures, dry skin, and brittle hair and even compromised efficiency of water using appliances including water heaters. Hard water can even affect the taste of your water, making it unpalatable to drink.

Manganese and Iron

If your plumbing fixtures have started to turn strange colors like blue, green, orange or even pink, it is likely to be the result of manganese or iron. These stains are the result of oxidation of these metals. When you have a high concentration of iron or manganese, along with copper piping, it is common for this oxidation to occur, causing the rainbow stains on your fixtures and even laundry. Additionally, these metals can cause a metallic taste in your water and bad smells.

Rotten Egg Odors

Speaking of bad smells, does your water smell like rotten eggs when you turn on your faucet? This is a common problem caused by the presence of hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide creates an unpleasant smell and taste in drinking water, and may even render it unusable. Hydrogen sulfide can be naturally occurring, or this odor can be caused when bacteria reacts with minerals in the water to produce sulfates.

Swimming Pool Smell

Chlorine has a distinct taste and smell that is reminiscent of a swimming pool. Even low amounts of chlorine can make drinking water unpalatable, but it can also dry out the skin and hair. Chlorine is frequently used by municipalities to disinfect water supplies, but when traces remain in the water, it can create water quality issues.

Identifying and Fixing Common Water Issues

While some water quality issues are apparent, some are invisible to the naked eye. So, if you have concerns about your water quality, the most reliable way to identify the problem is water testing. Water treatment experts can perform a water analysis to determine any underlying issues. Once the tests have been performed, a water treatment system can be tailored to suit your specific needs. For example, hard water can be resolved with a water softener, while a filter can be used to remove hydrogen sulfide. There are a variety of factors that can affect the taste, smell, and feel of your water supply. For this reason, water testing is vital before a treatment can be recommended.

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