Access to water is essential to keep things moving. In the body, water keeps your internal organs moving smoothly. Similarly, water is also needed to keep things in the home moving smoothly. Staying hydrated, bathing, laundry, and dishwashing are all tasks that we can accomplish with a clean water supply.
If that water supply becomes tainted, you need to take action. But it must first begin with a thorough water test. Here’s why:
Municipal Water Treatment Isn’t Flawless
While we aren’t trying to make this blog post too controversial, we do ask you to recall the Flint, Michigan water crisis from 2014. Without going into too much detail and derailing our main point here, what we do want to say is this:
You can’t always trust the municipal water treatment system. While it is in place with your best interest in mind, accidents can happen, and the city won’t be able to guarantee clean and safe water.
Contaminants can and do find their way through to the water supply, and the only way to find out for sure is with a water test. If you’ve recently experienced the following symptoms, we suggest getting a water test:
- Gastrointestinal distress
You Need to Know What’s in Your Water
Even if you are experiencing those symptoms, a contaminated water supply is just one of many potential causes. We wouldn’t recommend anyone schedule a water treatment installation simply because of a few unpleasant symptoms. To truly find out what is in your water—if anything—you can rely on a proper water test.
Here are some of the things a water test might pull up:
- Hydrogen sulfide, which emit odors smelling like rotten eggs.
- Too much chlorine (often added by the municipal system themselves).
- Rust from aging pipes.
- Hard water (not harmful to your body, but potentially harmful to your plumbing).
- Biological contaminants.
A water test can be performed by qualified plumbers who specialize in water treatment.
Water Testing Will Tell You Which Treatment You Need
If you have a water test performed and find positive results for contaminants, you can then have a plumber recommend treatment systems. Some water treatment systems are for specific contaminants only, so you wouldn’t want to install something that isn’t right for your needs.
A few examples include:
- Reverse Osmosis Systems: These systems separate contaminants from the water by using a semi-permeable membrane, effective at keeping your water clean in just about any situation.
- UV Water Treatment: Germs and biological contaminants need to be disposed of via different methods. UV lights installed in the system will kill these contaminants and prevent them from reproducing.
- Water Softeners: Hard water isn’t harmful to your health, but it can do serious damage to your plumbing system over time. With enough time, hard water build-up can clog your pipes or create corrosion.
Whether you simply need one water treatment system or a combination of them should be a decision made only after analyzing the contents of your water. Luckily, a simple water test and the experience of a Camarillo plumber can help!