PROBLEMS WITH WATER:
- Hard Water – Lime scale & Spotting
- Odors & Taste
- Iron/Rust Stains
- Chemicals & Microorganisms
Common Hard Water Problems:
- Spots on newly washed dishes from your dishwasher?
- Short-lived water heaters and other hot water appliances?
- Mineral buildup on your faucets, showerheads and bathtub?
- Poorly washed clothes from your washing machine?
85% of American homes have hard water. When left untreated, minerals in hard water collect inside appliances and pipes, reducing their effectiveness and lifespan, and slapping homeowners with an energy loss up to a whopping 30%.
Chlorine is a highly efficient disinfectant, and it is added to public water supplies to kill disease-causing bacteria that the water or its transport pipes might contain. However, this disinfection does not come without a price. The risk of developing cancer is 93% higher in people who are exposed to chlorinated water. Common exposures to chlorinated water include drinking tap water. Even taking a long bath or shower increases a person’s risk for chlorine exposure because chlorine can enter the body through skin absorption or through the eyes, nose, and ears. Taking a shower exposes your body to the same amount of chlorine as drinking 10 glasses of chlorine treating drinking water.
Odors & Taste:
Does your water smell and taste bad?
Common sources of bad taste and odors
- Decaying organisms
Sulfur accounts for the rotten egg smell that water can acquire, along with a bitter taste. Chlorine smell comes from chlorination, the most universally used water purification method. Excessive amounts may be used and the lingering smell comes from a high concentration remaining in your pipes.
Stains from Iron:
If your water is leaving you with rust stains, then you have iron in the water.
Iron can leave your laundry with yellow, orange, or brown stains
When iron starts to corrode, it forms rust, a substance that often causes the unsightly brownish stains.
Chemicals & Microorganisms
When we turn on the faucet, we expect clear, cool, life sustaining water to flow. We can go without food for many days; but we cannot live for a week without water. However, run-off and acid rain as well as pollutants from many other sources flow into our streams, lakes, and aquifers. Of the many infectious microorganisms found in the environment, bacteria and viruses may be found in water. These microorganisms can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. In healthy adults, these illnesses are usually mild and do not last long. In infants, children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems, these illnesses can be more severe.