Most people in this country probably don’t think they even need water treatment. Unless you happen to live in an area with water quality so bad that it’s become national news multiple times, you likely think that the water that comes out of the faucets in your home is just fine. Well, you might be surprised as far as that goes.
We’re not saying your water is poisonous or radioactive or anything. Most cities put their water supply through a pretty extensive treatment process before piping it into residents’ homes. The problem is, though, that no city has a perfect water treatment process. There will always be some level of contaminant that makes it into your home’s plumbing supply. Even if it’s not enough to prove life threatening, contaminants in your water supply can still have adverse effects on your health and comfort. The following are some of the most common ways to tell if you should install a water treatment system.
Visible Lime Scale
One of the most common issues with water quality in this country is hard water. That’s just water with high levels of magnesium and calcium in it. It’s not harmful to you, although it might make your hair more brittle if you bathe in it often enough. However, it can be incredibly harmful to your plumbing pipes. Prolonged exposure to hard water causes a mineral deposit called lime scale to form in the pipes. As the lime scale builds up in the plumbing, it restricts the flow of water through the system. This causes the water pressure of your plumbing to drop. The lime scale can be scraped out if it’s caught early enough. However, if it isn’t, it can harden and become impossible to remove without replacing the entire pipe.
The best way to tell if you have lime scale in your pipes (without professional inspection equipment) is to look at your faucets and in your shower for a white crust. If you notice this kind of chalky buildup in areas that come into contact with water from your plumbing system on a regular basis, that’s lime scale. If you have it there, you definitely have it in your pipes. Talk to a professional about installing a water softener.
Unusual Colors or Tastes
Few people are actually fond of the taste of tap water. However, your water should still taste more or less like water. If the water in your home has a sort of strong metallic or otherwise bad taste, it’s not a good sign. You should talk to a professional about determining what is in your water, and what water treatment option would be best for removing it. The same goes for unusual colors. There are some conditions that may cause a slight tint in the water coming out of your system, but in the majority of cases coloring in the water is bad news. A water treatment system might be a good idea at that point.