Living in the United States, it is very easy to take things like pure, safe drinking water for granted. In most communities, you turn on the faucet and have access to an almost endless supply of healthy water. But many homeowners don’t understand that some water contaminants might be coming from their home’s water lines. So, in addition to being vigilant about keeping up with the quality of the water, you need to make sure that your home’s water lines are in good condition.
Common Water Quality Problems
To better protect yourself and your family members, you need to understand some of the most common water quality issues and how to recognize and correct them.
HARD Water- Water that contains a lot of dissolved minerals is said to be hard water. And while this is not an immediate health risk for you and your loved ones, it can have an impact on the quality of water you are drinking. If you notice white chalky build-up on your faucets and other water fixtures, it is a good bet that you have hard water.
As those minerals build up on your fixtures, they are also building up inside your water pipes and even your water heater. That build-up of minerals can lead to early deterioration of metal surfaces. And eventually, you will notice small particles of metal in your drinking water. Prolonged exposure to such contaminants can result in long-term health issues. Also, the mineral build-up will continue to damage your home’s pipes and fixtures.
The best solution for hard water is the installation of a water softener. For a free, no-obligation price quote for a water softener for your home, call the plumbing pros at Metroplex Leak & Line at (214) 388-4525.
FOUL TASTE OR SMELL- A bad taste or odor to your water is a strong indication of contamination that is usually bacterial. The issue could be originating at your water supplier’s site or due to contamination in your water lines or water heater. A call to (214) 388-4525 for an inspection from the licensed plumbers at Metroplex Leak & Line is the best way to determine how the contamination is getting into your drinking water.
In many cases, the culprit is your water heater. And there are several ways that our team can remove the bacteria and clean your water heater and water lines to ensure that the water is bacteria-free. Give our team a call to schedule an appointment around your busy schedule. We offer appointments in the evenings and on the weekends to better meet your hours of availability.
Health Risks Of Poor Quality Water
Drinking low-quality water can bring about several health issues. And while most are not what you would call severe or life-threatening, there is no reason to take any chances. You never know how a person’s body will react when consuming contaminated or low quality water. And even mild issues can be very unpleasant. Some of the more common problems include:
- E.coli, a bacterium that releases a potent toxin that causes diarrhea, intestinal cramping, and in the most severe cases, life-threatening kidney failure
- Giardiasis, a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasites.
- Hepatitis A, a severe and contagious liver infection caused by a virus
- Norovirus, a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea
- Shigellosis, one of the most contagious diarrhea-causing bacterial infections
If you are concerned about the quality of the water in your home, call in the licensed plumbers from Metroplex Leak & Line for a water and plumbing inspection. We are available 24/7 to take your calls at (214) 388-4525.