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Water treatment – is often needed and desired because of these common problems.
Hard water is fine for many uses around a home. To water a garden, wash down a driveway and general outdoor lawn care, most water, as it comes from a well or from a municipal treatment plant, works fine. But for indoor use such as bathing, showers, doing dishes and washing clothes, shaving, washing china and flatware, and dozens of other uses, hard water is not as efficient or beneficial as “soft water.”
For instance, hard water:
- Requires more soap and cleaning products
- Leaves a “soap scum” that’s difficult to remove, and ‘bathtub ring’
- Leaves unsightly spots on dishes, glassware and flatware
- Increases hardness scale in the water heater, plugs plumbing, and increases electric or gas bills,
- Shortens life of appliances
- Leaves deposits on skin and hair
- If water tests over 1 GPG hard, consider softening with a water conditioner. There are only two practical ways to treat hard water: Chemical treatment or mechanical treatment. In chemical treatment, various detergents and other substances are used to “cover up” or hide some of the negative effects of hard water. Using mechanical treatment, hardness minerals are physically removed from the water.
If drinking a glass of water from the faucet in your home leaves you crying ‘foul’ – be assured, your water problem is treatable. Here are some common tastes associated with water quality:
- Sour or bitter taste
- Salty or brackish water
- Alkali taste
- Metallic taste
Background on Taste Issues
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) is a term used to define the amount of all the dissolved minerals in the water. The term solids probably came from the original method of testing which consisted of evaporating the filtered water and weighing the actual solids which remained. Dissolved solids come from rock dissolved by water. Although the particular symptoms depend on what and how much is in the water, high total dissolved solids have the following general symptoms:
- Salty Chlorides
- Bitter Sulfates
- Astringent Bicarbonates
If you have high TDS, you probably also have the following problems with your water:
- Scaling – High hardness in conjunction with high alkalinity or sulfates causes scale.
- Bad Taste – Could be virtually any variety of taste perception. The anion associated with the salt generally determines the taste.
- Spotting – A residue left behind on a surface after water has evaporated. The residue is due to the total solids in the water.
- Mineral Fur – Mineral Fur is usually found around water faucet tips due to the accumulation of solids upon evaporation.
- Laxative Effect – Caused by high sulfate.
Treatment of high TDS is most effectively handled by reverse osmosis (RO) in residential applications or by deionization.
Water Odor in your water
The following are typical odors related to water quality:
- Rotten egg odor (sulfur)
- Strong musty smell
- Musty, earthy or wood smell.
- Chorine smell
- Detergent odor
- Gasoline or oil smell
- Chemical smell
Background on Odors
There are generally two places where odors can enter a water supply, outside the home and inside the home.
- Before water enters the home, it may pick up odors from materials it comes in contact with as it passes through the air, flows over the ground, or seeps down through the ground. To determine if water has the odor before it enters the home, check it at the closest entry point into the home. If the water has the objectionable odor as it enters the home, the problem has been found.
- If no odor is present, then the water is picking up the odor inside the house. Turn on a cold water faucet and immediately check for an odor. If the water has an odor, and the outside water didn’t, then there is a source inside the home that is causing the odor.
- Occasionally an odor is present in the hot water only. This condition is usually caused by a chemical reaction that takes place within the water heater. When hot water containing sulfate salts comes into contact with the magnesium sacrificial anode, which is a normal part of most water heaters, a reaction occurs, converting some of the sulfate to hydrogen sulfide.
Minor odor or an unpleasant musty smell with a minor smell a small carbon filter installed just before the faucet may cure the problem. This is called a point-of-use filter. These types of filters can be installed on a water line supplying the cold water to the faucet from which you get water that you drink.
Another, more permanent solution is to install a whole-house system which filters all of the water in the home. Carbon filters remove odors by a process called adsorption. Odors are removed by attaching themselves to the outside of the carbon particles. If water goes through a carbon filter too rapidly, odors will not be completely removed. Also, over time the carbon loses its effectiveness and must be replaced. Carbon filters also can remove certain organic materials from the water. Bacteria present in the water is attracted to the organics and so the carbon filter can become a place for bacteria to live. Prevention is to follow a routine schedule of replacement to minimize growth of bacteria in the carbon filter.
Symptoms of Iron in your water
Iron can cause the following problems at levels as low as 0.3 mg/L:
- Reddish or red-brown stains on porcelain and clothing
- Yellow water
- Metallic taste
Background on Iron
Iron is the second-most common problem in water, after hardness. Unlike hardness, iron can exist in many different forms, each of which may require different water treatment for its removal. Iron is often present in combination with manganese, which will cause similar symptoms. It is important to test for both of these elements in order to treat it effectively.
Most types of iron and manganese can be removed with a whole-house filter or a softener with special iron removal media.