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Signs That Your Water Quality Needs Some Help

If you take a drink of tap water from your kitchen sink and cringe at the taste, you may be wondering if there’s a way to fix it. Is your tap water doomed to always taste bad? It’s possible that you have poor water quality – meaning that there are contaminants and minerals in your drinking water that change its taste. 

Not all minerals are harmful to you, but removing them can improve your water’s taste. A water filtration system may be just what you need to improve the taste of your tap water. If you’re interested in water treatment in Bucks County, give our team a call. We can test your tap water and offer a variety of solutions so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. 

Types of Water Treatment Solutions: Water Filters, Purifiers, and Softeners

You have a lot of options when it comes to improving your water’s taste. But remember, it may come down to more than just your preference. First, you have to determine what your needs are based on your tap water quality. Even though your local water plant treats and filters your water, it can then travel miles through pipes to reach your home. 

A whole-house water filtration system like one that uses reverse osmosis (RO), can remove contaminants before the water even enters your home. This type of system can remove larger particles like minerals and much smaller particles like bacteria and viruses. If you don’t want something for your entire home, a smaller purifier that attaches to your faucet or a pitcher for drinking water may suffice. 

If you’re not as worried about contaminants, but your water has a high mineral content, you may be more interested in a water softener. This type of water treatment system is designed specifically for particles like calcium, magnesium, and iron. Even though these minerals don’t usually harm your body, they can impact your water’s taste. 

Signs You Have Poor Water Quality

Aside from taste, there are other signs that you have poor water quality. If you notice any of the signs below, it’s important that you give us a call. Low-quality tap water doesn’t just taste bad, it can also pose health risks and even damage your plumbing. 

  • Cloudy water – If you pour water into a glass and inspect it, you may notice that it looks like it goes from being cloudy to clear. This is perfectly normal as air bubbles dissipate in the water. But, if the cloudiness persists then your water may be contaminated. You may have hard water – meaning it has high mineral content – or your may have high methane levels in your water.
  • Residue on dishes – If you can never seem to get your dishes clean enough, your water may be to blame. Hard water that is high in minerals doesn’t break down soap as well as soft water, leaving behind a filmy residue. This can happen whether you put your dishes in the dishwasher or hand wash them. 
  • Oily film – We’re talking about your water again not and not your dishes. If you let a glass of water sit on your counter, does it develop a thin film on the top? If so, this is from iron bacteria and is more common in well systems than traditional plumbing systems. 

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling does what’s right for our customers. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about the best water treatment system for your home.

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