Have you ever wondered, what hidden contaminants are in my water? What should I be doing to test my water? What should I look out for? There are a number of hidden contaminants that can affect the quality of home water like iron, lead, sulphur, and more. If you are wondering where to start, a great thing to do is get your water quality checked. WaterSmart professionals can equip you with the knowledge you need so that your home can be outfitted with the right tools and information to keep your water soft, safe, and healthy. Contact the local experts at WaterSmart today to check your water quality.
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Solutions to Water Problems
While some water issues are clear and easy to detect, many others are not. Things like iron and sulphur can be detected by residue, however dangerous contaminants like lead and arsenic can go undetected. Have WaterSmart test your water today to ensure that your water is free of harmful contaminants. If these contaminants are present the professionals at WaterSmart can find a solution.
Arsenic is a component of car batteries and electronics as well as pesticides. While it can contaminate water through the erosion of copper pipes, it can also be deposited through runoff. Even at small levels, this can be toxic in the long term. It has been proven to increase types of cancer, nervous system damage, and other health concerns. Because arsenic is odourless and tasteless it can be hard to detect. If you rely on a well as your water source or if you live near a large agricultural or industrial area, you should be regularly testing for arsenic. The best way to treat arsenic is with a water filter. WaterSmart offers a variety of filters and, after assessing your water quality, can make an appropriate recommendation. For the professionals at WaterSmart, your health and education on water safety are the most important things. Contact them today for your water test.
Iron is one of the minerals that contributes to “hard” water. Hard water is damaging to your skin, hair, and leaves build up on fixtures. Hard water is also more difficult to lather and wash with. Aside from the basic hard water problems, iron in water can cause excessive damage in your home. Appliances can be damaged over time due to hard water and mineral buildup. This renders the appliances less effective and can even damage your water heater. Hard water can also impact plumbing.
If you are experiencing these signs, get your water tested:
- dry skin
- damaged hair
- worn clothes
- buildup on drains and fixtures
- rust in sinks
The most effective way to treat iron in your water is through a water softener or water filter. By removing impurities like iron and magnesium, these systems remove the water hardness. Softeners work by using a resin bed to trap the impurities and minerals, usually trading them out for salt. This is why salt water softeners are the most common and effective of WaterSmart's softeners for most common water hardness issues. If you are looking to calculate what kind of softener you will need, check out our water softener calculator today.
One of the scariest parts of the possibility of lead in water is that it can be near impossible to detect. Lead in water is generally odourless, invisible, and tasteless. For that reason, it often goes unnoticed. Often, lead enters drinking water through pipes and plumbing, especially in older homes. Overall, homes built before 1986 are more likely to have plumbing features that contain lead. If you suspect you may have lead in your water or even if you are just wanting to be on the safe side and be sure, contact the professionals at WaterSmart today to have your water tested for lead. If lead is detected in your water be sure you switch to using bottled water for cooking and drinking. WaterSmart offers filtered bottled water, learn more here. Through testing and a consultation, WaterSmart will recommend the right whole home filtration system for you.
Like lead and arsenic, nitrates in water can be difficult to detect. Again, the only way to know if they are present in your water is to get it tested. Nitrates are common in groundwater and more commonly found in rural areas due to fertilizers, septic systems, and manure storage. Farmland is especially at risk for this type of contaminant. Nitrates in water affect infants more severely than adults. In adults, excessive consumption of contaminated water can affect normal body chemistry and cause further risks. While some levels of nitrates in water are normal, the problem arises when human activities cause levels to rise beyond what our bodies can handle. Those who rely on well water at home are at higher risk for nitrates in their water and should have it tested regularly. Check out this Ontario Well Water Information.
Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) are organic chemicals. They are water and lipid-resistant compounds. They are used in coating stain-repellent fabrics and carpeting, as well as fire resistant foams, non-stick cookware, household cleaning products, and pesticides. You may be asking: what does this mean for our water and environment? The process to manufacture PFOS and PFOA causes chemical compounds to be deposited into the soil and air. The chemicals have therefore leaked into some water systems. Companies like 3M were large manufacturers of PFOS, and the company began to stop using this chemical almost twenty years ago. As a result, over the last twenty years many manufacturers have taken a similar stance to eliminate this chemical. Since chemicals are not easily broken down, they have been persistent and their effects are still felt today. PFOS and PFOA have been linked to developmental delays, reproductive health issues, cancer, and more. With more intense water testing WaterSmart can detect these chemicals in your water. If your water is not clear, has a bad odour, tastes strange, or water bills increase unexpectedly, be sure to have your water tested.
Sulphur in water is most commonly a problem for homes and businesses using well water. In these areas, water supplies are not regularly tested or monitored. If sulphur content is localized, it may also be a sign of a contaminated water heater. While sulphur bacteria and hydrogen sulphide are not inherently dangerous in water, it is not a pleasant problem. Sulphur in water can create slime, buildup, and other bacteria in the water. The presence of these bacteria can lead to further problems with appliances. If you smell an unpleasant, rotten egg smell, bad taste, or smell an odour that’s worse from hot water sources, contact WaterSmart today to have your water tested. The best way to address a sulphur problem is with a water filter. WaterSmart offers a variety of filters. Contact the professionals at WaterSmart today to have your water tested and treated.
Water chemistry is complex and there is no single water treatment device that can remove all undesirable substances from water. Each water treatment device has its own advantages and disadvantages. You need to determine whether or not additional water treatment is needed for your household. If you are unsure, contact the water treatment experts at WaterSmart. They can help you decide which option or combination of options will best meet your home water needs.