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How Healthy Is Your Water?

Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapIt’s relatively easy to take clean water for granted, given the advancements made in the last few decades in city infrastructure and municipal water treatment plants. However, it’s important to know that you can’t 100% rely on your city to provide your household with perfectly clean and healthy water at all times.

Municipal water treatment systems are effective, but that water has a long way to travel before it reaches your taps, meaning there is room for contamination. The best way to protect your home and family from them is to have a separate water treatment system in your water line. But how do you know if you actually need one? We’ve shared some signs below to help you out. If you discover any of these to be true in your home, be sure to reach out to a professional plumber in Maple Grove ASAP.

Limescale Buildup

Limescale is a type of mineral deposit that’s formed by long-term exposure to hard water. This is water with a high level of magnesium and calcium in it. As that hard water travels through your pipes, it deposits small amounts of these minerals along the pipe walls. Eventually, the mineral deposits grow large enough to begin restricting the flow of water.

Limescale isn’t necessarily a threat to your health, but it is certainly a threat to the health of your plumbing system. The best way to determine if you have limescale present is to look for a white, chalky substance around your faucets and in your shower. That’s limescale—and if you have it in those areas then you almost certainly have it in your pipes. A water softener is your best defense against this issue.

Strange Taste

There are a fair amount of people out there who don’t like the taste of tap water, due to not being cold enough or just not tasting that “fresh.” But there’s a difference between water that doesn’t taste that fresh, and water that has a distinct (and not good) flavor to it.

A strong, metallic flavor should be especially alarming. This indicates the presence of metals like lead or copper in your water. If your water tastes especially odd, it’s time to stop drinking it and call a plumbing pro. This can impact your health, depending on what exactly is in the water. Give us a call and we will determine this, plus will have recommendations ready for what type of water treatment system you might need.

Unusual Color

Any type of color change in your water should be cause for concern, and can be for a few different reasons. That being said, sometimes it’s not harmful—a very slight blue or green tint doesn’t necessarily indicate anything harmful (though if your water has never had this color before, have it checked!)

What you really want to worry about is orange or brownish water. This is very likely a sign of rust or some other sort of infiltration in your water line, and can be extremely unhealthy and dangerous.

No matter what water issues you discover or suspect, you can count on our water treatment specialists to find the right water treatment solution for you.

For professional water treatment services and more,

contact Air Mechanical, Inc. today!

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