Signs Your Home Needs a Water Treatment System

Signs Your Home Needs a Water Treatment System

If your water is supplied by a city water main, you’re likely to be aware that it goes through treatment before it is sent to your home. Municipal treatment plants are designed to remove a variety of harmful germs and elements that are present in natural water. Some cities provide a more effective water treatment compared to other, but no city can remove all potentially harmful materials completely from the supplies, and there is always a chance some trace particles will remain. If you want to protect your water supply, you need to consider a water treatment device or system, particularly if you notice these signs.


Limescale is a form of mineral deposit that is due to prolonged exposure to hard water. Hard water contains excessive levels of magnesium and calcium molecules that can accumulate inside your plumbing system. As this accumulation grows, it restricts water flow, lowering the efficiency of your plumbing and causing problems throughout your home. Scale accumulation can also compromise the efficiency of your water using appliances, create water spots on glassware and reduce the effectiveness of detergents. Hard water minerals react with soaps, shampoos, and even shaving foam to reduce lathering and trap dirt against the skin. You may notice that your skin is dry and itchy, or your hair feels limp and dull. Fortunately, a water softener can correct these issues by removing the hard water molecules before they can form scale.

Odd Tastes

It is unsurprising that many people don’t like the taste of their tap water, but there is a big difference between a poor taste and a bad taste due to contamination. If your water supply has a metallic or other type of unpleasant, strong taste, you need to have it assessed by a water treatment specialist or plumber. There is a variety of contaminants that can cause this type of issue including iron, copper, sulfur, and lead. Some of these contaminants are more harmful than others, but it is best to err on the side of caution.

There is a choice of water treatment systems to address these issues. For example, reverse osmosis can eliminate 99% of contaminants. Water is forced through a thin membrane that traps larger particles for disposal. Unfortunately, each home and water supply is different, so it is best to consult a professional to determine the treatment option best suited to your unique needs.

Funny Colors

It can come as an unpleasant surprise when you turn on the tap and find that your water isn’t crystal clear. If your water has developed a funny color, it is a sign that you need to consider a water treatment solution. Whether it is a reddish tone caused by the presence of iron, or a blue green color because of copper particles, funny colored water can cause problems such as staining on laundry and fixtures. Additionally, if your water has a funny color, it can make it unpalatable. In many cases, your colored water may not be harmful, but some contaminants that affect the water color can have adverse health effects.

If you are unsure if your home needs a water treatment system, it is best to speak to a water treatment specialist, who can assess your water and guide you through the options.

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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