Most people in the Calgary area get to enjoy the luxury of “clean” water, but sometimes this isn’t always the case. Older homes may sometimes supply their homeowners with odorous and foul-tasting water. Here are some water problem prevention tips to help ensure you always have a healthy water supply.
Tips for Water Problem Prevention
Hard water: While calcium and magnesium are found in every natural water supply, when there’s excess amounts, hard water issues and lime scale buildup can occur in pipes. Such buildup can cause permanent damage and lower the efficiency of your pipes. An “ion exchange” water softener can usually take care of this problem.
Foul taste or smell: Water may taste or smell musty, fishy or moldy when there’s organic matter in the surface water supply. An activated carbon filter can usually solve this problem. However, a sewer or septic tank leak can also cause a bad taste or smell, which is an issue that requires professional help.
Bacterial contamination: Although rarely found in drinking water, coliform bacteria is usually indicative of another disease-causing microbe’s presence. A pro will need to disinfect your water to make it safe again.
Sediment: If your home’s water supply comes from a lake, river or pond, there may be rust, clay, dirt, sand or other organic matter in it. Most home improvement or plumbing stores have sediment filters available to remedy this issue.
Lead: Older homes fitted with copper pipes may have lead solders to bind pipes together, which can easily dissolve into the water supply. Since lead is colorless, tasteless and odorless, it’s difficult to detect. Therefore, you should have your water inspected if you’re worried there may be lead in it or if you live in an older home. Reverse osmosis or carbon block filtration systems can clear the lead away.
For more water problem prevention tips, feel free to contact Arpi’s Industries, Ltd. in Calgary anytime.
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