Water quality issues in your home can range from an unpleasant taste or smell to contaminants that can lead to uncomfortable health issues, such as vomiting and gastrointestinal upset. While most water quality issues aren’t harmful, there’s no reason to suffer with poor water quality in your home.
Learn more about the signs and symptoms of poor water quality in your home, and find out how a home water system can help.
If your home’s tap water is cloudy or murky, it’s a sign of high mineral levels. A small amount of organic minerals naturally exists in tap water, but a high enough concentration to cause cloudy water indicates a water quality issue.
Chlorine or Sulfur Smell
Small amounts of chlorine are used to sanitize and clean water at public water treatment facilities, which should be nearly imperceptible in your drinking water. If your water has a strong smell of chlorine, it’s not safe for consumption, cooking or bathing.
If your home’s water has a smell like rotten eggs, that means there’s a high level of sulfur. Aside from the unpleasant smell, this can make water dangerous to drink or cook with.
Discolored or tinted water usually comes from iron, manganese or other organic materials, as well as rust or chemicals from contaminated runoff. Regardless of the source, the possible contaminants make it unsafe for drinking or cooking.
Bluish-green water or metallic-tasting water can indicate a low pH in your water or a high level of copper. While low pH isn’t a huge concern, excessive exposure to copper can cause a variety of health problems.
Residue on Your Clothes, Skin or Hair
Residue or soap scum on your clothing, skin or hair most likely means you have hard water, which is water with calcium and manganese deposits. Hard water is harmless, but it can take a toll on the health of your hair and skin, as well as damaging your clothes over time and causing higher energy usage.
Colorless, Odorless and Tasteless Contaminants
Many of the common water quality problems have easily identified signs and symptoms, but what about the problems you can’t see, taste or smell?
Contaminants like arsenic, nitrates, pharmaceuticals, mold, algae and bacteria usually don’t have recognizable symptoms, but they can have detrimental health effects in high enough concentrations.
Improve Your Home Water Quality with EcoWater Systems
Government regulations ensure we have clean, drinkable water in our homes, but that doesn’t mean our tap water is the cleanest and purest it can be.
Fortunately, EcoWater Systems provides a variety of home water systems, including water purifiers and water softeners, that can help you eliminate these common contaminants from your water and have the freshest water possible. Use our water quality diagnosis tool to determine the problem with your home’s poor water quality, then explore our many residential water quality solutions. We’ll be happy to come up with a customized plan for your individual needs and specific water quality issues, so contact us today!