What’s In Your Water?

The bathroom should be one of the most comforting and welcoming rooms in the entire home. However, there are a whole host of issues that can make the idea of taking a bath all too unappealing, and even affect the quality of your drinking water. Here, we’re going to look at some common water quality issues and what you should do about them when you find them.

 

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Hard water

Some homes are in areas where there is hard water, which has more calcium and magnesium. This isn’t dangerous to your health, but it can lead to limescale buildups in pipes, on taps and showerheads, and can decrease water efficiency in the home. You can clean limescale easily enough with the right products, but you might want to consider using home water softeners that effectively act as a filter, using sodium to remove the “hardness.”

 

Bacteria

It’s gross to think about, but you may have a bacteria problem in your pipes. Most bacterial infections in the home are dealt with at the municipal level, but you may get a warning from your local authority warning you to boil your water until it is fixed. If you have an individual water supply, not connected to any local supply, then you are going to need a trained professional to find the source of the bacterial contamination and help you find the right method to fix it in your home.

 

Hydrogen sulfide

Just as it sounds, bacteria can potentially make you sick, but it also leads to the presence of hydrogen sulfide. When this is in your pipes, then your water is going to smell like rotten eggs and sulfur. Filtering your water is going to help you deal with the problem and, it’s important, as hydrogen sulfide will corrode your pipes.

 

Corrosion

Does the water in your home smell foul? Does it look like there are little bits of rust in it and that it’s discolored? Rust can affect pipes and plumbing across the home, so isolating the source is essential. For instance, if it’s only your hot water taps that produce this effect, then you might need water heater repair above all else. Once you find the part of your home water system that’s rusting, it’s a matter of replacement or repair.

 

Sediment

If your water is discolored and you’re seeing a weird gritty residue left after using your sinks, it’s not necessary corrosion. If it doesn’t smell off or rusty, then it’s more likely to be sediment, including sand, clay, dirt, and other organic materials that have gotten into the water. There are plenty of different kinds of sediment filters you can get, and a sand filter is most likely to be the one that you need.

 

Everyone deserves fresh, clean water that they can drink, bathe in, and use without concern. Make sure you don’t let water quality issues linger for too long as problems such as corrosion and boiler malfunction can get even worse as time goes on.

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