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Common Water Problems

Water quality can no longer be taken for granted. And its quality varies from place to  place and even house to house. A variety of factors can affect how your water tastes, smells, feels and works in and around your home. Well water quality, possible contamination, an aging water distribution system; violations of federal drinking water standards and a home’s plumbing are examples of things that can affect a home’s water supply.

Hard Water

Most homes have hard water, whether it is supplied by a private well or a municipality. In many cases, homeowners don’t realize they have hard water or the constant and expensive harm it causes. Dry skin and hair, bathtub rings, spots on glass, silverware and fixtures, dull, dingy clothing, disappointing performance and a shortened life expectancy of water-using appliances are all problems frequently caused by hard water.

Iron and Manganese

Water is a natural solvent and given the needed time and conditions, it will dissolve anything it comes in contact with. That’s why, depending on where you live, your water can contain iron or manganese which can cause rusty-orange or black staining. You’ll see the stains on clothes, fixtures, sinks, tubs, water-using appliances and toilets.

Musty, Earthy, Fishy Taste or Smell?

Caused by algae, molds and bacteria that live in water and can multiply within a home’s plumbing system.

Cloudy Water

Raw water comes into your home with any number of impurities that cause turbidity.

What is Hard Water? Why use Water Softening Systems?

Problems with Hard water is the above average presence of damaging metals like calcium and magnesium, which come in the form of bicarbonates, chlorides, and sulfates. The presences of these metal ions cause a wide arrange of problems like limescale formation to soap scum, all which can lead to pipes being blocked and causing damage to an entire plumbing system. Therefore, Water Softening is the process of removing these minerals from the water supply by eliminating dissolved minerals (calcium, magnesium and iron) from water.

Most people live in homes with hard water, including those on municipal water supplies. Soft water is free of hardness minerals that cause scale buildup and hard water spots. Less soap and cleaners are needed, and they’ll rinse away completely, leaving your laundry, skin and hair soft and silky. Water-using appliances will work better and last longer with soft water too. Without a Kinetico water softener, there’s a good chance you have hard water damage throughout your home, but once installed, it will stop the damage caused by hard water.

Why Is Water Testing Important?

Water quality can no longer be taken for granted. There are many variables that can come into play: the possibility of contaminated water, our aging water distribution system, unknown well-water quality and the type of plumbing in your home. Many don’t realize it’s common for municipalities to supply you with hard water too. If your home has water supplied by the city, it probably meets federal standards, but are those standards your standards?

Public water treatment facilities work very hard to ensure your city water is safe to drink. Unfortunately, some contaminants may be difficult to detect or treat realistically on a large scale. And after the water leaves the treatment plant, contaminants can also enter the water system through gaps in the infrastructure or from aging pipes.

Private water sources, or wells, have their own challenges and need extra attention and precautions. Since a private well’s water quality is at risk when the water comes in contact with naturally-occurring and man-made contaminants, it needs to be regularly tested to ensure it’s safe to drink.

Whether your home’s water is supplied by a municipality or a private well, it is important to understand what is and isn’t in your water. By having your water tested, you will learn about the quality of your water, if any contaminants are present and what water treatment options are available to improve your water.

How Does Water Filtration Work?

Water quality can no longer be taken for granted. There are many variables that can come into play: the possibility of contaminated water, our aging water distribution system, unknown well-water quality and the type of plumbing in your home. Many don’t realize it’s common for municipalities to supply you with hard water too. If your home has water supplied by the city, it probably meets federal standards, but are those standards your standards?

Public water treatment facilities work very hard to ensure your city water is safe to drink. Unfortunately, some contaminants may be difficult to detect or treat realistically on a large scale. And after the water leaves the treatment plant, contaminants can also enter the water system through gaps in the infrastructure or from aging pipes.

Private water sources, or wells, have their own challenges and need extra attention and precautions. Since a private well’s water quality is at risk when the water comes in contact with naturally-occurring and man-made contaminants, it needs to be regularly tested to ensure it’s safe to drink.

Whether your home’s water is supplied by a municipality or a private well, it is important to understand what is and isn’t in your water. By having your water tested, you will learn about the quality of your water, if any contaminants are present and what water treatment options are available to improve your water.