If you’re getting your water from a city water main, and not a well, then you probably know that your water supply goes through a treatment process before it reaches your home. The efficacy of these water treatment facilities varies from city to city, though most of them are good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials from the water supply. It is important to remember, though, that none of these water treatment processes are 100% effective.
There will always be a chance that some trace elements of contaminants like lead or cyanide will make it into your home’s water supply. There is no “safe” level of exposure to these materials. If you want to add an extra layer of protection to your home’s water supply, consider installing a water treatment system. You should especially consider installing a water treatment system if you notice the following symptoms.
Many homes across the country have a problem with hard water, which is water with a high level of magnesium and calcium in it. Long-term exposure to hard water causes lime scale to form in the pipes of the home. Lime scale is not really a health threat to you, but it can cause a number of issues for your home’s plumbing supply. Plumbing systems with advanced lime scale buildup are significantly less efficient. If the lime scale isn’t cleaned out quickly enough, it can harden and become impossible to remove without damaging the pipes.
There are ways to tell if you have lime scale in your pipes without professional services. Watch for any white, chalky substances around your home’s faucets, or in your shower. That is lime scale, and if you have it in those areas you almost certainly have it in your pipes. A water treatment system is a good way to protect your home from lime scale formation.
There are a wide variety of harmful waterborne materials that can change the taste of the water. Few people actually enjoy the taste of tap water, and it’s bound to have some sort of mild taste. If you notice any substantial taste in the water, though, especially if it’s metallic, you should have a professional check your water to make sure that it doesn’t need treatment. Better to be safe and make sure that the water is safe than to risk exposure to something dangerous.
Often accompanied by the previous symptom, water that is discolored should be another big sign that you need to have a water treatment system installed in your home. Some discoloration may not necessarily indicate that there’s a serious issue with your water supply. If the discoloration is extreme, or the water is opaque, it’s best that you avoid drinking or bathing in it until you have a professional check it.
SPS Mechanical Inc. offers a full range of water treatment system installation services throughout West Deptford, NJ. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.