Is My Tap Water Contaminated?

While more than 90% of tap water in the US is at least mildly contaminated, most such situations pose no real health problems.

On the other hand, when there is a problem, it’s not easy to detect. It can take months and years, in fact, before the negative effects of a problem present themselves – and even then, it’s not immediately clear that such a problem stems from contaminated water.

Then again, there are problem water conditions that are as clear as day – well, not always clear in the strictest sense of the word (as you’re about to see), but easy to spot, nonetheless. So, for the sake of your home and family, be on the lookout for these unwelcome tap water conditions.    

Odd Taste – Are your taste buds trying to tell you something? Pay attention. If your tap water has a slightly metallic, bitter, or oily taste, consider purchasing a water filter.

Chlorine Odor – Chlorine is commonly added to public water supplies to remove harmful bacteria and microorganisms. While chlorine is not typically present in dangerous amounts, it can make your tap water smell a bit like a swimming pool. This chemical also removes beneficial bacteria like yeast, which can make baked goods go flat.

Rotten Egg Smell – If the scent is coming from running water, it indicates an excess amount of sulfur. 

Low Water Pressure – Several factors can bring about low water pressure, including internal pipe corrosion.  Pipes can corrode for different reasons, including old age, but hard water is also a common cause. Hard water is the result of high levels of calcium and magnesium mineral content. As the sediment builds and forms an obstacle, water flow is restricted, thus leading to reduced water pressure.    

Spots and Stains – Hard water can cause several other problems, too. These include spots and stains on your plumbing fixtures, spots on your glasses after running the dishwasher, reduced sudsing action in the shower or washing machine, white scaly deposits on your shower door and plumbing fixtures, and more. 

Cloudy Water – Several harmless compounds can cloud your water, even if just for a few seconds. However, if the cloudiness persists, it could be from bacterial contamination.

Are any of these water quality issues evident in your home? If so, we invite you to contact Plumbtastic at your first convenience. Our water quality specialists will recommend the right remedy to purify your water – just the way you prefer it.

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