Water Quality Problems
Water can be of poor quality because of the water supply itself, or because of something that is going wrong within your plumbing system. If you have any of the following problems, you may want someone to take a look at your plumbing system to see if there’s anything that can be done to improve the quality of your water.
If your water is discolored, it usually means that something else is mixed into the water or suspended in it. Often, discolored water is cloudy, though it can also have a slight brown, green, blue, or orange tinge to it. This can happen when your water has high silt levels, or when metals are oxidizing and changing the water’s color. While this isn’t usually dangerous, it can definitely be an indication of a plumbing problem.
If your water smells bad, it probably has sulfides in it. This most commonly causes a rotten egg smell.
If your water leaves blue or green stains on your plumbing fixtures, it indicates the presence of corrosive materials in your water and/or that your water has a low PH level.
Finally, if your water leaves gray or white film or buildup on your plumbing fixtures, as well as on any glass items that you wash in the water, your water is probably hard. This means that it has a lot of minerals, like calcium and magnesium, that are left over when the water dries out.
Treating Water Quality Problems
If your water is discolored, you may need some sort of filter for your water. But if the discoloration is caused by oxidized metals in your plumbing system, you will need to replace some pipes or perform other repairs so that the metal in the system isn’t getting wet.
For bad smelling water, we usually suggest a water treatment system. The most common ones remove sulfides as well as other materials or chemicals that can cause those terrible smells. The good news is that, once installed, you will be able to drink your water without cringing.
When water gets corrosive, we usually suggest adding acid neutralizing agents to your water. This can be done through a treatment system, too.
Hard water is one of the most common water problems, and we have found that water softeners offer the best solution. Most of them are long-lasting and make a huge difference in the quality of your water.
These work by removing the chemicals like calcium and magnesium that can make water hard. Since the levels of these minerals can vary quite a bit even within the same town or county, it’s important to get your water hardness level evaluated before you decide how to treat it.
Every water softener is set based on the results of tests done on your particular water, in your particular house. Most softeners use salt in the regeneration cycle, and so will have that mineral present in the softener head. If you ever feel like your water softener is using too much salt, you may need to reevaluate the amount and presence of minerals in your water. The best softeners allow you to change the salt levels easily, though some may require you to call a dependable Sarasota plumbing company to get the right amount.
If you are having trouble with your water quality or would like to test for the presence of hard water, call Wimpy’s Plumbing at (941) 322-1911 or schedule an appointment using our online form. We would be happy to come out, diagnose your water quality problems, and give you a free estimate for fixing them.