Identifying Problem Water
Dry skin and hair, bathtub rings, spots on glasses and silverware, dull clothing and poor performance of water-using appliances are all problems associated with hard water. Most homes have hard water, either supplied by a municipality or private well. Many homeowners don’t realize they have hard water, and do not understand the harm it causes and the expenses it creates. Hard water contains dissolved calcium, magnesium and, in many cases, iron.
Also known as “turbidity,” cloudy, murky or grayish water is usually caused by dissolved or suspended solids. This can happen naturally or from land disturbances such as construction, storms and runoff.
As a natural solvent, water can dissolve anything it comes in contact with if given the needed time and conditions. If your water contains iron or manganese, you may have rusty-orange or black staining, and if your water has a low pH you may find blue-green stains. You’ll see the stains on clothes, fixtures, tubs, sinks, water-using appliances, toilets, or anything else your water comes in regular contact with.
Chlorine water has a unique taste and smell. While it is an essential disinfectant for killing harmful bacteria at the treatment plant and in the pipes that transport your water, it is no longer necessary once the water reaches your home. Chlorine fades clothes, dries skin and hair, and can dry out the rubber seals in appliances, shortening their lives.
Hydrogen Sulfide is a colorless corrosive gas that has the characteristic odor of rotten eggs. It is most commonly found in groundwater supplies and is often noticed coming from hot water tanks. If present in your water, you may notice an unpalatable taste in your food and beverages and an unpleasant odor on your hair and clothing. It can also accelerate corrosion of metal parts in appliances.