Clean, quality water is critical for homeowners drawing from a private water supply (homeowners with a public drinking water supply will most likely have water that meets national safety standards).
Due to the increased risks of bacteria, chemical pollutants, and other toxic substances, homeowners with a private water supply need to consider comprehensive water treatment options to protect their health and safety. Signs of water treatment issues may include suspicious smells, unusual tastes, discoloration, and sink damage.
What Causes Changes in Water Smell, Taste, or Color?
When you notice changes in water smell, taste, or color it is time to get your water tested. While it may not be threatening to health, any change can indicate potential contamination.
These changes can come from something leaching into a well like pollutants or ground minerals or something growing inside it such as bacteria. Investigating and treating with the proper treatment system can protect your health and property.
Water Damage to Fixtures
Lime, calcium, iron rust, and other minerals may build up on your fixtures such as sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets. These unsightly stains can be extremely difficult to remove. Sometimes the fixture may even need to be replaced.
You might also notice that your water pressure reduces. That is because mineral build-ups in your pipes, faucets, or showerheads can restrict water flow.
This can be addressed with manual cleaning. The best option, after cleaning out your fixtures, is to prevent build-up from recurring. Protect the value of your home by treating hard water.
Signs in Laundry
You might also start to notice signs of water contamination by minerals in your laundry. Clothing may come out stained or the interior of your washing machine could start to look rusty. While this may not indicate something dangerous to your health, the inconvenience of ruined clothing is worth treating.
Water Treatment Benefits
Whether you have a well or another private water supply, a home water treatment unit can:
- Remove specific contaminants
- Soften the water
- Take extra precautions for household health and safety
- Improve the taste of drinking water
There are countless benefits to water treatment for both residential and commercial properties, and you may need a water treatment solution to truly protect your health. The most common water treatment systems generally consist of filtration systems, water softeners, distillation systems, and disinfection to deactivate or kill pathogenic microorganisms.
Water Treatments System Installation
Installing a water treatment system is not an invasive home project. In fact, installing a whole-house water filter shouldn’t take more than an afternoon. With average affordable costs, the benefits of treating water over the long run are well worth the price.
Filtration systems work by pumping your well water through several layers of medium – typically stones, gravel, and sand – to remove mineral contaminants and microorganisms.
Hard water is water high in mineral concentrations. Some of these minerals can make the tap water taste or smell bad but are not necessarily dangerous to drink.
They can, however, be the type of water that stains clothing and home fixtures. They might also stain teeth or fingernails.
Installing a water softener treatment system is the best option to solve this issue. When you pump water through a tank with salt, minerals bind to beads that contain the salt. As the minerals take the place of the salt, the salt goes with the water into the tap, softening it.
Water distillation systems are a great option for removing contaminants at the very end of your plumbing system. Some people use countertop versions, but you can have them installed directly under your sink.
In distillation, water is vaporized, leaving heavy contaminants behind. Then it reliquifies, safely away from the contaminants.
If your well water becomes contaminated with infectious microorganisms, you may need to treat your well water with chlorine or another disinfecting chemical.
Well water may become contaminated by bacteria or viruses if an animal dies in the well or if sewage is leaking into the water. The types of infectious disease – like E. coli infections – both instances can bring are serious. At the very least they will make you sick. At worst, some vulnerable individuals can die.
Ace Plumbing Can Treat Your Water
With over 30 years in the plumbing and water treatment industry, and backed by our Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, Ace Plumbing LLC stands as your water treatment specialists in the Baltimore MD area.
From hard water and mineral stains on plumbing fixtures to high iron contents or other pathogen contaminations, our top priority is making sure that you have clean, healthy drinking water. We provide experience-backed water treatment installation and repair, and our plumbers are licensed and insured so that you’re guaranteed a job-well-done. If you have a water well or pressure tanks, we can also provide analysis, fix pressure problems, and make emergency replacements.