Water Problems

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS IN YOUR WATER

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Water absorbs some of almost everything it touches, which is why it is known as the universal solvent. Depending on what elements or substances your water comes in contact with, this can lead to many issues that can pose a threat to your home and your health.

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Iron

rust stains If you have a well, you may experience water problems such as metallic tasting drinking water or orange stains on fixtures and laundry. Iron is most likely to be the culprit, and the primary contaminant in your water. While it may be found in normal drinking water, it is typically at levels that are not elevated enough to pose a health risk. Higher concentrations of iron, however, may result in serious problems. Water using appliances may need to be replaced, along with stained clothing, sinks, and tubs.

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Hardness

When water absorbs minerals such as magnesium and calcium, it becomes what is known as hard water. The elements in hard water form scale deposits and lead to the formation of soap curd. Both of these result in build-up and staining on fixtures, pipes and appliances. Though hard water is common and not a threat to health, the problems it creates can be costly when items have to be replaced due to excessive scaling.

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pH

Acid water is the result of low pH level (potential of Hydrogen). Damage to hot water tanks, water using appliances, fixtures, drainage pipes and supply lines can all occur when water has a pH level that is too low. A low pH problem can be indicated by pitting on plumbing fixtures. It is important to address low pH problems before major repair or replacement costs are necessary.

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Sulfur

 

There is no mistaking the awful “rotten egg” odor, which results when water is contaminated by a colorless gas called sulfur. Sulfur problems not only mean unpleasant water for cooking, bathing, and drinking, it can also lead to serious plumbing damage.

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Chlorine

chlorine in waterChlorine is an agent added to water in the water treatment process. It adversely affects water quality by giving it a “pool water” taste and smell. Chlorine can also pose significant health risks when found in levels too high for consumption and home usage. When Chlorine mixes with organic matter in water, trihalomethanes (THMs), which are thought to be cancer causing agents, are formed.

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Bacteria/Iron Bacteria

Bacteria are microscopic organisms that are found just about everywhere. Most bacteria are harmless, but certain types can cause disease, sickness or other problems. Wells used for drinking water should be tested for the presence of coliform every one to two years, in addition to other water quality parameters. Non-disease causing iron bacteria can affect household and irrigation wells. Iron bacteria causes plumbing fittings and laundry to stain and, in severe cases, clogs well screens. It’s presence is usually indicated by long string like or jelly looking growths on the inside of a toilet tank.

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Colloidal Clay/Silt

Colloidal Clay in your water will give it a cloudy appearance, make for dirty toilets and dingy laundry. Colloid material is sub-micron, or less than one micron, in size. A micron is one millionth of a meter or also known as a micro meter. One strand of human hair is about 100 microns. A human blood cell is about 8 microns wide. Colloids are less than 1/10th of the width of a human blood cell and less than 1% of the width of a human hair. At this incredibly small size, most colloids will never settle out and pass directly through filters purchased at the hardware

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Methane

Methane is a colorless and odorless gas. While it is not considered toxic to humans, breathing high concentrations of the gas could cause asphyxia. Methane is flammable and poses a risk of fire or explosion if it accumulates in confined spaces. Water with methane gas appears fizzy or milky with fine bubbles. If the bubbles clear from the bottom to the top as they rise, dissolved gases are present in the water and evaporating into the air. Another indicator is the spitting of air out of a hot water faucet, particularly after a period of non-use.

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