6 Possible Contaminants in Your Water – And What to Do About Them

Possible Contaminants in Your Water

Water is essential to life. It’s also crucial for running a household. From drinking to cooking to cleaning, we depend on clean tap water every day. If you have any excess minerals or contaminants in your water, it can be at the least, inconvenient – and at the worst, dangerous to your health.

Here are six common water treatment issues you may experience, along with possible solutions to correct the problem.

1. Calcium

Have you heard the term, “hard water?” It means that there are extra minerals in your water, with the most common one being calcium. Hard water isn’t a health risk but it can break down your pipes and make it difficult to wash clothes and dishes.

What you can do: Hard water issues can usually be solved by installing a water softener system that uses sodium to remove the other minerals.

2. Hydrogen sulfide

If your well water smells like rotten eggs, it may be the sign of hydrogen sulfide. While rare, high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide can cause nausea or illness. However, it’s more likely that it’s harmless besides the unpleasant smell and taste.

What you can do: Some solutions for removing hydrogen sulfide include a water purifier system or a water softener with chlorine treatment.

3. Iron

If you have a well water system, be on the lookout for high iron levels. You’ll notice a metallic taste to your water and red or orange stains in sinks, toilets, and even laundry.

What you can do: Installing a water filtration system or chemical water softener with an oxidizing iron filter will usually do the trick for high iron levels.

4. Manganese

Another issue that can be found in well water systems is high levels of manganese. This mineral will make your water look hazy with black sediment. You may also find black or dark brown stains on laundry or in toilets and tubs.

What you can do: Similar to iron, a chemical water softener or filtration system can reduce the manganese level in your water.

5. Sodium

Salty water is not something you want to put up with for a long time. Not only does it taste bad but high levels of sodium in the water can corrode your pipes and ruins appliances.

What you can do: There are a few types of systems that can help with high sodium, including distillation, reverse osmosis, and demineralization.

6. Tannins

If your water has a faint yellow color, it may be due to a high concentration of tannins. Usually found in shallow wells, tannins are an organic matter that water can pick up as it passes through the ground. Tannins aren’t dangerous to your health but they can leave stains on laundry and fixtures.

What you can do: A water filter can be installed to remove tannins from your water.

Get professional guidance

Your home needs and deserves fresh, clean water. So if you notice any off colors, odors, or tastes in the water coming from your faucet, it’s a good idea to call a professional.

For a water treatment consultation, call the experts at Whitten Plumbing. We know the common water issues that affect the Little Rock area and can recommend the right solution for your home. Call us today at (501) 607-6596.