What Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Water Supply
Our lives literally depend on water. It keeps us hydrated, keeps our bodies and clothes clean, and nourishes the food we eat every day. And while you probably knew all of that, we can bet you don’t exactly know the details of your water supply system.
There are a lot of factors that can determine if the water flowing through your home is safe for you, your appliances, and your plumbing, so you should keep them in mind.
Where Does Your Water Come From?
You may know the general area your water is sourced from, but do you know if your water supply comes from rivers or reservoirs before getting poured into a municipal water system? Or does it come from a well system?
While you may not feel partial to either, where you water comes from can affect what’s in it.
Common Water Contaminants
A number of pollutants and other contaminants can be present in your water. What lives in your water is usually due to geological reasons, how it is treated, or the plumbing system it runs through.
Have you ever heard arsenic mentioned in anything but a negative light? We’re guessing no. A combination of pesticides used on landscapes and mining can cause arsenic — also known as a human carcinogen — to develop in soil and seep into your water supply. That’s pretty scary since arsenic in water supplies has been known to increase your risk of different kinds of cancer.
While calcium may be good for your bone health, it’s not good for your plumbing. Too much calcium in your water supply can cause you to have hard water, resulting in scratchy laundry, dry skin, and white residue on your plumbing fixtures.
Many municipal water treatment plants will use small amounts of chlorine to disinfect water and make it suitable for drinking. However, if too much chlorine is used or left in the water by the time it reaches your faucet, your water can taste or smell off. Plus, it can potentially irritate your eyes or skin.
Have you ever opened a toilet bowl to see unsightly, rust-colored stains? That’s likely because the water feeding into that toilet contains traces of copper. This contaminant ends up in water that runs through internally-corroded copper pipes. The resulting water will stain most plumbing fixtures it comes in contact with.
There are few people who don’t know the harmful effects of drinking lead-poisoned water. Lead typically gets into water supplies when the inside of old lead pipes break down and feed into the water flowing through them.
Nitrates in soil can make their way into water supplies, causing major health risks for those who drink that water — especially infants.
While sulfur is typically harmless to consume or use in your home, it can make your water smell downright awful. Nothing like getting into the shower to get clean but having your water make you feel even smellier, right?
Signs You Have Contaminated Water
The thing about these contaminants is that, aside from a few select ones, you can’t always tell they’re in your water supply to begin with. Luckily, there are a few signs that can give you a hint that you don’t have the best water around.
Your Water Smells Funny
Remember the sulfur we just mentioned? Certain contaminants, such as that, can make your water smell like rotten eggs — gross! Others, such as chlorine, can make your water smell like you just walked into your town’s public pool.
If you only catch these smells once in a blue moon and they go away quickly, don’t worry too much. But if your water smells funky every time you turn on a faucet, you should get your water checked.
Your Water is Cloudy
If you pour a cup of water and look through the glass, does it look crystal clear? If you see a lot of little specks floating around or the water looks cloudy in general, you may have a problem on your hands.
Cloudy water is a sign that too many minerals or other contaminants are in your water supply. Your best bet here is to install a water filtration system to remove all those particles.
You See Calcium Spots Everywhere
If your faucet or showerhead is covered in white calcium spots, that’s a solid sign you have hard water. This is caused by too much calcium and magnesium in your water supply and typically results in unsightly buildup, dry skin and hair, and scratchy towels.
Your Water Is Brown
Have you ever turned on your bathtub faucet only to have brown water come spewing from the spout? Brown or orange-colored water is a tell-tale sign that there is a lot of iron or manganese in your water supply. Not only is this just plain gross, but it’s a big sign that your pipes are corroding and the sediments are contaminating your water.
Unfortunately, this isn’t something that can be fixed with a filtration system, so you’ll need to contact your trusted plumber in order to have your pipes checked and potentially replaced.
Low Water Pressure
Poor pressure can sometimes be caused by clogs in your pipes. While clogs can be caused by a number of different things, they’re sometimes the result of sediment buildup. If your pipes are corroded, due to contaminants in your water, the broken down sediments can solidify and block part of the pipe, leaving you with less-than-ideal water pressure.
Keeping Your Water Safe with Horizon
If you’re not sure about the condition of your home’s water supply, it’s as easy as calling up your trusted plumber at Horizon Services, LLC and having a water analysis done.
Depending on the condition of your water, our water treatment professionals may recommend a single solution or combination of treatments to ensure that your water remains crystal clear and safe to use. We offer a variety of treatment services to protect your home’s water and your family’s health and safety.
Don’t wait! Call us today at 302.200.4266!