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“Do I Need Water Treatment?”

tap-water-running-down-a-drainIf you’re asking yourself this question, it’s absolutely worth looking into. The thing is, water quality problems not only impact your quality of life and your plumbing system, but they can also affect your health.

Your water supply does go through a treatment process at your municipal water plant before it reaches your home. And most of these municipal water supply centers are good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials. But, the water has a long way to go from that plant to your faucets and fixtures. Therefore, you shouldn’t rely on this as a 100% effective water treatment source—there’s always a chance that some trace elements of contaminants (such as lead or even cyanide) can make its way into the water supply you are using to drink from and bathe with.

Installing a Water Treatment System

Ultimately, there’s no “safe” level of exposure to contaminants in your water. They affect different people in different ways, but regardless, it’s unhealthy for you and your plumbing system to allow water quality problems to persist. Fortunately, we have a number of water treatments solutions for you to choose from.

Our team will help you make an educated decision about which system or combination of systems is best for you, depending on your specific circumstances. In the meantime, we’ve shared some symptoms with you below, for you to watch out for. Each of these indicates a possible water quality problem that our systems can resolve.

Limescale Buildup

Many homes throughout the country have problems with hard water. This isn’t one of the “unhealthy” water quality problems but is certainly a problem nonetheless. Hard water describes water with a high level of minerals—namely magnesium, calcium, and iron. This mineral builds up and creates problems for your plumbing system. This buildup is indicated by the presence of limescale.

Plumbing systems that have advanced limescale buildup (to the point that you’re regularly seeing it at the openings of your faucets and fixtures throughout your home) perform significantly less efficiently. If the limescale isn’t effectively removed quickly enough, it will harden and become impossible to remove without damaging your pipes.

If you don’t know what to look for—limescale presents itself as a white, chalky substance. And if you’re seeing it around your faucet openings, it is very likely within your pipes, too.

Odd Tastes

There is a wide range of harmful waterborne materials that can change the quality and taste of your water. Of course, very few people like the taste of tap water anyway, so how can you tell if it’s out of the norm?

If there is a substantial change in the taste of your water—particularly if it’s metallic, then you should have a professional check it. It’s better to be safe and ensure your water doesn’t have contaminants in it than potentially expose yourself and your family to something dangerous.

Strange Colors

This is often accompanied by our previously mentioned symptom. Discolored water is a huge sign that something is amiss and that you’re in need of a water treatment solution in your home. Some discoloration may not indicate a huge issue as the water might have been treated at the municipal water plant. But this is one of those cases where it’s absolutely better safe than sorry.

This is particularly true if there’s a reddish tint to the water, as this indicates rust and corroding pipes. Not only is this a water quality issue, but you may need repiping as well.

If you’re curious about your options for water treatment systems in Ashburn, VA, please don’t hesitate to contact AllTech Services, Inc.!

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