Water is necessary for life. It waters our plants, keeps us healthy, and flows through our homes performing dozens of other essential tasks. According to the Water Quality Association, the average American uses between eighty and a hundred gallons of water every day.
When something is so integral to the life you lead, it’s integral to make sure that what you use and consume is high quality. Here’s how you can tell if your water quality is high enough, and what to do if it isn’t.
What are signs of poor water quality?
There are many signs that the water quality in your home is poor. First is obviously hard water. You can tell you have hard water if your soap doesn’t lather well, you get stains on glass cookware after it’s washed, or your water dulls your hair and skin.
There are several other easy-to-spot signs of low water quality, too. If your water feels gritty or smells like detergent, or looks cloudy, there’s something wrong with it. Low-quality water can also corrode metal pipes quickly. If you have pipe problems, the water may be the culprit.
What happens if the water in my home is low quality?
Low-quality water can cause all kinds of problems around your home. It could make your water-using appliances like your dishwasher, laundry machine, and water heater develop scale and wear out. Since you shower, the quality of your water will affect your skin and hair, too. Skin will dry out more quickly, hair will grow brittle and dull. That’s just hard water, too.
Low-quality water can have an even more significant effect on your health and wellness. Unfiltered water can possess disease-spreading pathogens, heavy metals, and other contaminants. In some severe cases, low quality could make you seriously sick.
How can I improve my water quality?
Your best option is to invest in whole home water filtration and water softener installation. There are many varieties of home water filters, including whole-house filters, point-of-entry filters, reverse osmosis systems, and distillers. We recommend doing a little research on the scope and idiosyncrasies of each type of system before choosing one for your home.
You can also manage your home’s water quality in smaller ways. Clean your home’s faucet aerators regularly. Drain your water heater annually to prevent scale build-up. You could even use cold water to run appliances like your washing machine, instead of hot. Cold water dissolves fewer contaminants and keeps them from getting into the water you’re using. Plus, it can clean just as well!
Still have questions about your home’s water quality and how you can improve it? No problem! Just give Ben Franklin Plumbing a call today. We’re always happy to help you feel as informed and secure as possible.