We use water every day in our lives. We drink it, bath in it and clean with it. Having clean and potable water is an essential part of everyday life. When you have well water and even city water, there could be minerals and other elements that cause adverse effects not only in the taste of the water but also the effect it has on our sinks, bathtubs and other fixtures and appliances. The following are some of the more common issues that we face with well water and what can be done to mitigate the problems.
|The water has a metallic taste and there is red/brown staining on fixtures as well as possibly on clothing and in the dishwasher.||Iron||This is a naturally occurring mineral in many of the wells in our area.||Oxidation|
|There is brown/black staining on fixtures, dishwasher and possibly in the washer.||Manganese||This is another naturally occurring mineral. When this mineral comes into contact with bleach, the staining will intensify.||Oxidation|
|Scale build up on pipes, fixtures, staining on glass shower doors and glassware.||Hardness||The hardness level is a combination of dissolved calcium and magnesium. These are also minerals that naturally occur.||Ion exchange|
|Blue/green staining on fixtures, in sinks or bath tubs.||Low pH||When water has a low pH, it is acidic and it becomes corrosive and cause pinhole leaks in pipes as well as shorten the life span of many appliances such as water heaters, dishwashers, etc. The ideal pH for water is 7.0, which is neutral.||Acid Neutralizer|
|Water tastes bad or smells bad.||In wells there are volatile organic substances that can cause the water to smell or taste bad. These are usually harmless but not always.||Sediment filter|