Problem water is loosely defined as any water that requires
further treatment than a simple water softener. That is to
say that the water contains contaminants beyond calcium and
magnesium. But how exactly does water get these contaminants and
become a problem?
Your water mainly comes from two sources: private wells or
public municipalities. Groundwater, the source of private well
water, travels underground and may pick up contaminants along the
way. Surface water, such as lakes and reservoirs, is the main
source of public municipalities. This type of water can pick up
contaminants through rainfall, run off or travel through pipes.
These problem water contaminants can become a concern in the
home either through aesthetic impacts, such as the taste, look or
smell of the water, or health impacts. Common contaminants result
rotten egg odor from hydrogen
sulfide, bitter tasting water from tannins,
stained fixtures from iron or
a host of other issues you may have noticed around your home.
Contaminants that may impact your health are usually monitored by
public health officials and the EPA for municipal water sources,
but homeowners with private wells are responsible for knowing what
is in their water.
How do you know if you have problem water? Typically, problem
water will leave signs of its presence around your home. If you
have noticed any, or all, of the following symptoms, you could
potentially have problem water:
- Discolored or cloudy water
- Rotten egg smell
- Bitter or sour tasting water
- Stains on fixtures and appliances
- Corrosion on pipes and plumbing
- Dry Skin
- Dull Hair
If any of these signs are familiar in your home, or if you are
just curious about what is in your water, you can easily have your
water tested. Your local water professional, the
Culligan Man, can perform a basic in home water test or collect a
water sample for a more in depth analytical test. This test will
tell you exactly what is in your water and if you do, in fact, have
problem water. He can then recommend a solution that will best fit
you and your home. Solutions will often include a drinking water filter, bottled water delivery service, or
whole house water filter. Contact your
Culligan Man to set up an appointment today and find out
what is in your water!
*Contaminants and other impurities are not necessarily
in your water.