Water Problem: Hard Water

Hard water is created when water passes through rock formations and pick up calcium and magnesium. Hard water is easy to spot; it leaves a bathtub ring made up of hardness minerals and soap. This scum collects on shower walls, clings to hair, clogs skin pores, and make house cleaning extremely difficult. Hard water deposits also clog pipes, cause water heaters to operate inefficiently, and increase the maintenance on water-using appliances.

Water Problem: Iron

Iron water is created when water passes through iron-bearing rocks. Because iron accounts for 5% of all the earth’s crust, it can be found in just about all types of water supplies. It can also be caused, usually temporarily, by water standing in iron pipes. Iron has the tendency to leave stains on sinks, clothing and linens, or it can form scale on pipes and water-using appliances that make water look, smell and taste bad.

Water Problem: Sulphur Gas & Rotten Egg Smell

As the water passes through aquifers that contain hydrogen sulfide gas, some of the gas mixes into the water. Sulfur level can change regularly as rainfall and barometric pressure change. It’s critical that the solution is sized accordingly and even better if it is adjustable. Stagnant water in pipes, like in bathrooms that are rarely used, can also cause the gas to concentrate and smell even stronger. In extreme cases this can even be corrosive and leave black stains.

Water Problem: Bad Taste

There are myriad of reasons why water might taste bad. If you have city water, you could be tasting the chlorine or the bad taste may actually be coming from the pipes in the ground. If you have well water, it could be hydrogen sulfide, high TDS, or even bacteria. With an older home, it could be coming from the pipes in your very own house…and let’s not forget those filters in your refrigerator which, if not changed regularly, can actually make your water taste bad and potentially contain bacteria!

Water Problem: Nitrates, Tannins, Lead

Nitrate (NO3) is a naturally occurring form of nitrogen (N) which is very mobile in water. It is essential for plant growth and is often added to soil to improve productivity. Water moving down through soil after rainfall or irrigation carries dissolved nitrate with it to ground water. It is also common from leakage or septic tanks. In this way, nitrate enters the water supplies of many homeowners who wells or springs. Drinking water high in nitrate is potentially harmful to human and animal health.

Water Problem: Bacteria

Bacteria in water can take many forms and the best way to know the type present is to have your water professionally tested. A common symptom of bacteria in water is a slime build-up in the toilet tank. Often different types of organic matter can cause your water to taste and smell bad. Some types of bacteria like E-Coli can cause serious health problems. Many however, are just aesthetically unpleasant causing troublesome issues with taste, odor and bio fouling problems.

Water Problem: Total Dissolved Solids

Total dissolved solids can cause unpleasant taste in water and cause the water to build up scale on fixtures and appliances. The higher the dissolved solid content, the more objectionable the taste and more scale build up. Some water supplies are so high in mineral content they taste salty, almost like sea water. These supplies can corrode faucets and water heaters in very short period of time.

Water Problem: Chlorine

Chlorine can make water small and taste bad. Chlorine is a powerful oxidant and is commonly used as a disinfectant in commercial and household sanitation, bleaching, and in maintaining swimming pools. The most significant application is in the disinfection of public water supplies where it’s used to manage bacteria levels in drinking water and kill other potentially harmful agents that seep into lakes, rivers, streams or ground water.

Chlorine, event at acceptable household levels, can contribute to dry eyes and skin irritation as well as exacerbate conditions such as eczema.

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