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Is My Tap Water Safe to Drink?

How often do you think about your drinking water? When you are facing obvious issues with your drinking water, like poor taste, odd color, or foul odor, it’s obvious that you need to take steps to get your water treated. What about when your water isn’t obviously compromised? According to the EPA, there are many contaminants that can pollute your household drinking water that may not be as obvious to you. There are government regulations preventing unsafe consumption from over 90 possible contaminants, several containing heavy metals, chemicals, and dangerous bacteria.

While many public water filtration systems can catch these pollutants and deliver high-quality water that is better tasting, there aren’t universal filtration standards dictating how every community must filter their water. Adding a water filtration system to your kitchen sink can effectively remove the contaminants able to bypass your public water treatment system.

5 Signs Your Home Needs a Water Filtration System

Water is an essential resource within your home, and when its quality is compromised, it can make tasks take twice as long and add to your utility costs. There are several signs you should look for when using the water in your home. If you notice any of these common problems, you may want to consider adding a water filtration system to your home. If you are unsure whether your home needs a water filtration system, here are five signs that indicate your water should be inspected for problems.

  • Dry Hair & Skin: The quality of the water in a home can be seen in how it impacts those who use it. When you shower or wash your hands in the water from indoor faucets, if your hair and nails seem dry and brittle, it can be a sign of hard, mineral-heavy water. Continuing to wash your hair and hands in this water can leave it damaged.
  • Odorous Water: When using your water, if the flow from your faucet is accompanied by the smell of rotten eggs, there could be an abundance of sulfate in your water. Continuing to use water contaminated with sulfate can irritate the eyes and cause breathing problems.
  • Limescale: If you’ve noticed white, crusty buildup on your bathroom and kitchen fixtures, it’s a clear sign of hard water. The limescale is deposited by calcium and carbonate ions found in hard water, and it can be difficult to remove from plumbing fixtures.
  • Cloudy Water: Hard water is white, cloudy, and has a bad taste. It’s generally considered unsafe for consumption. If these chemicals are consumed long-term, they could be hazardous to your health.
  • Damaged Appliances: Hard water can be damaging to your household appliances. If you’ve noticed they’re not working as well as they have been in the past, you may want to get them checked for buildup and damage to the internal mechanisms. Unfiltered water can have chemicals in it that cause unnecessary strain on your appliances. Continued hard water usage in your appliances can make them less effective and cause early deterioration. Check both your large and small appliances for signs of damage.

After reviewing this list, if you suspect your tap water could be contaminated with chemicals and bacteria, you should move quickly to install a water filtration system in your home. Whole-home filtration systems ensure all the water in your home is safe for usage, from your kitchen sink to your shower.

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At All City Plumbing, we are proud to offer high-quality water treatment services to residents throughout our service area. Call us today at (909) 552-7550 to speak to one of our knowledgeable agents about installation and servicing of water filtration systems. You can also find more information and set an appointment using our online portal

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