Did you know that roughly 85 percent of American homes have hard water? Hard water is just one of the many correctable water problems found inside of a home. As a responsible homeowner, it is your duty to be aware of the more common water problems as well as what causes them and how to fix them.
1. Hard Water
Hard water is a phrase used to refer to water that has a significantly high mineral count. While drinking hard water is not going to hurt you, it can cause other annoyances:
- It causes soap scum
- It clogs up your pipes
- It can corrode your pipes
While there are a number of different options for getting rid of hard water, installing a water softener is the easiest and most common choice. Green water softeners are an extremely popular choice because they eliminate hard water and are very cost effective.
2. Smelly Water
No one wants to drink or bathe in water that smells like eggs, chlorine, metal, fish, or musk. The source of what is causing your smelly water tends to vary depending on what it smells like. Chlorine, sulfur, mold, algae, and different types of bacteria can all be living in your plumbing system. If you have any of these nuisances living in your pipes, they can alter the smell of your water.
In order to get rid of smelly water, you have to get all of these nuisances out of your plumbing system. Installing a filtration system is the easiest way to accomplish this task. A water softener can also keep the water clean and pure. If you are still encountering problems, contact a water treatment company (such as Specialty Pump & Well).
3. Cloudy/Dirty Water
Sediment buildup in the plumbing system causes cloudy or dirty water. If the direction of the water flow in your plumbing system changes suddenly, this too could cause cloudy or dirty water. If the cause of your cloudy water is the latter, you just need to let cold water run for a few minutes. Then, the water will run clear. If the water does not run clear, you are going to need an expert to inspect your plumbing system for the problem.
If you have a sediment buildup, your plumbing system needs to be cleaned. You will also want to invest in a water filtration system to keep the sediment from coming back and building up again.
While water problems are not avoidable, some can be fixed quickly. Installing a quality filtration system and a water softener will dramatically reduce the number of water problems any homeowner experiences. If you are unable to determine the root of your water problems, your local plumber is the best person to call and investigate the situation. This ensures your family is using and drinking the safest water possible.