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DIAGNOSING Your Water...

Water travels on a long journey from a water treatment facility to your household pipes. Along the way, water can pick up numerous contaminants, including sediment, silt, and microorganisms.

Additionally, pipe corrosion may add copper, lead, and other metals to your water. If left untreated, these water impurities may lead to illness, sink and bathtub stains, and mineral deposits that clog your pipes.

Do you notice that your water seems “off”? If your water tastes metallic, smells like rotten eggs, or leaves spots and stains, you may have a water quality problem. 

Learn how to diagnose your water based on the characteristics below:


Does Your Water Leave Deposits, Soap Scum or Bathtub Rings?​

​You may have hard water. This means that your water has excessive calcium and magnesium in its supply. Water from 1 to 3.5 grains per gallon is considered hard, and 7 to 10.5 grains per gallon is considered very hard. This can lead to scale deposits, soap residue, and dry skin. 
Water Softener or Scale Control System is recommended for these contaminants.


What Color Is Your Water?

Blue or Green?
You may have copper in your water supply. This can lead to gastrointestinal 
illnesses etc. A complete Whole House Filter is recommended for this 
contaminant in this situation.

Brown or Black?
You may have manganese in your water supply. This can lead to a bitter, 
metallic taste. A complete Whole House Filter is recommended for this 
contaminant in this situation.

Red or Orange?
You may have iron in your water supply. This can lead to stains, a metallic taste or a rusty color. An Iron & H2S (Sulfur) Filter is recommended for this contaminant in this situation.


What Does Your Water Smell Like?​

​A swimming pool
You may have chlorine in your water supply. This can dry out hair and skin. A Whole House Filter or Point-of-Use System are recommended for this contaminant.

Rotten eggs
You may have hydrogen sulfide in your water supply. This can lead to a rotten egg or chemical smell. A Whole House Filter or Iron & H2S (Sulfur) Filter is recommended for this contaminant.

Sediment
You may have dissolved solids in your water supply. This can lead to gastrointestinal illness and foul odors. A Whole House Filter or Point-of-Use System (Reverse Osmosis) is recommended for this contaminant.

Fish
You may have barium or cadmium in your water supply. This can lead to circulatory system and kidney system effects. A Whole House Filter is recommended for these contaminants.


​What Does Your Water Taste Like?

Salt
You may have chloride or sulfate in your water supply. This can lead to diarrhea and a salty taste. A Whole House Filter or Point-of-Use System (Reverse Osmosis) is recommended for these contaminants.​

Metal
You may have iron or zinc in your water supply. This can lead to a metallic taste. A complete Whole House Filter or Point-of-Use System (Reverse Osmosis) is recommended for these contaminants.
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