Diagnose Your Water

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Hard Water

Do you notice spots on dishes, shower doors, or fixtures?

Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. It’s a natural result of minerals like calcium and magnesium accumulating during the water cycle, and it can happen with well water and even city water.  The hardness of water is measured in grains per gallon (gpg). One grain is equivalent to 17.1 milligrams of calcium or magnesium dissolved in one liter of water.  The more calcium and magnesium dissolved in the water, the harder the water becomes. This is why certain cities and counties within the same state can have varying degrees of water hardness.

The effects of hard water are fairly easy to spot:

  • It is the scum that collects on shower doors.
  • It leaves ugly stains in sinks and fixtures.
  • It dulls your hair and clogs your pores.
  • It wears out clothing and makes laundry feel hard and scratchy.
  • It makes household cleaning more difficult by lessening the effectiveness of soaps and cleaning products.
  • It leads to higher energy bills because of scale build-up in your water heater and pipes.
  • Water using appliance become less efficient and need to work harder.
  • It can lead to low water pressure from your shower or faucets, and even cause burst pipes over time.

Hard water can be tough on your home, your skin and your wallet. A water softener counteracts those effects by creating better quality water that extends the life of your appliances while also helping you and your home look and feel better.

EWS_bleachChlorine & Chloramines

Does your water smell or taste like a swimming pool?

Chlorine is commonly known to maintain swimming pools. It is also used in common commercial and household disinfectant products such as bleach. Often, municipalities use chlorine in the disinfection of the public water supply to manage bacteria levels in drinking water and to kill other potentially harmful agents.  Chloramines (Chlorine + Ammonia) is an alternative to using chlorine.  The typical purpose of chloramines is to provide longer-lasting water treatment as the water moves through pipes to consumers.

 

Chlorine, even at acceptable household levels, can affect the taste of food and beverages and contribute to dry eyes, skin irritation and can exacerbate conditions such as eczema.

An EcoWater refiner or carbon-based filter can be used to remove both chlorine and chloramines throughout the home or can be accomplished with a “point-of-use” filter for single faucet water treatment.  Our water treatment specialists understand how to treat your local water and can provide the best recommendation for your home and family.

EWS_IronStainsIron

Does your water taste metallic or do you notice reddish, rust-like stains?

The culprit for these hard to remove stains or that “off” taste could be due to high levels of iron in your water.  Iron water is caused by water passing through iron-bearing rocks.  Because iron accounts for 5% of the earth’s crust, it can be found in just about all types of water supplies and in different forms.

The type of iron present is important when considering the type of water treatment solution.  Water that comes out of the faucet clear, but turns red or brown after standing is ferrous iron, also referred to as ‘clear water iron’.  Water which is yellow or reddish immediately from the faucet is ferric iron, also known as ‘red water iron’.  Ferric iron has already oxidized and come out of solution into a particle form.

Iron in water can stain sinks and laundry and form scale in pipes and water-using appliances which leads to clogged filters, pipes and showerheads over time.  While you may be able to spot treat iron in your water with an acidic cleaner, the most effective way is with a water softener or specialty filter.

EWS_Eggs2Hydrogen Sulfide

Does your water smell like rotten eggs?

The presence of Hydrogen Sulfide is caused by decaying vegetation and oil deposits beneath the earth’s surface.   Sulfur in your water supply is easily recognized by its offensive odor. Hydrogen sulfide gas causes the “rotten-egg” or sulfur water smell. If you notice this odor only when using hot water, the problem may be simply fixed by servicing the water heater. If your cold and hot water, however, is found to have traces of hydrogen sulfide, you may need to invest in a point-of-use drinking water system or point-of-entry filter.

Water containing Hydrogen Sulfide can alter the look and taste of beverages and cooked foods. The water can also corrode plumbing metals, such as iron, steel, copper and brass, as well as exposed metals in washing machines and other water-using appliances. Exposure to water containing Hydrogen Sulfide can darken silverware and discolor copper and brass fixtures.

EWS_ArsenicArsenic

Arsenic in water can be hard to detect, because it is both odorless and tasteless.

Arsenic can be toxic even in small levels and is a known human carcinogen that may cause cancer and can increase the likelihood of developing other health problems.  The only way to identify its presence is to have the water tested through a state certified lab.

While it is regulated by the EPA, arsenic can enter drinking water supplies from erosion of natural deposits in the earth or from agricultural and industrial runoff.  You may be at higher risk of having arsenic contaminated water if you rely on a private well, if you live in areas known to have higher concentrations of naturally occurring arsenic, or if you live near a large industrial area or farm.

If you have any questions about your water quality, call your utility provider, or schedule a comprehensive water analysis from your local EcoWater Pro.

EWS_PharmaceuticalPharmaceuticals

In total, the U.S. EPA requires drinking water treatment plants to test for almost 90 different contaminants, however pharmaceuticals and any type of drug are currently absent from this list.  The impact of most of these “chemicals of emerging concern” on the health of people remains unclear.

Even though trace pharmaceutical compounds have been found in drinking supplies across North America and there is no evidence that they pose a health risk, more and more consumers want to protect their drinking water from any threats, potential or genuine, that compromise drinking water quality.

While currently no removal standards exist and no water treatment system can claim to remove 100% of pharmaceutical traces from your water, EcoWater’s point-of-use drinking water systems have been proven to remove molecular compounds.  Contact your local EcoWater Pro today.


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