Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapThe short, easy answer to this is going to be “contaminants.”

“But wait,” you may wonder, “doesn’t my city filter out any contaminants that may exist in my drinking water?”

Yes, they do. But it’s important to realize that the water in your pipes still has a long way to go before it reaches your plumbing fixtures. As a result, it can pick up pollutants along the way, or even minerals like calcium and magnesium. We’ll get more into the latter below, but what’s important to know is that these minerals aren’t harmful to you, but are harmful to your plumbing.

Contaminated Water Risks Your Health and Plumbing

There will always be a chance, however small, of some trace elements of contaminants in your water, and therefore it’s important to invest in professional Santa Fe water treatment services to see if putting a system in place could benefit you. This is especially true if you notice any of the following signs of potential water contamination.

Limescale Buildup

There are homes throughout the country with this problem, and yet few homeowners understand what the problem means. It means there is hard water flowing through your pipes. Hard water is water that has high levels of mineral content in it, which we mentioned above.

Hard water, and the subsequent limescale buildup, is not harmful for you to ingest, which is probably why so many individuals just let the problem go. However, it can create a variety of problems for your actual plumbing system. Pipes with advanced limescale buildup are going to be much less efficient as it will restrict water flow. It will also eventually lead to corrosion and the need for pipe repair or potential repiping needs.

Strange Taste

You can probably guess that this shouldn’t be ignored. True, few people actually enjoy the taste of tap water anyway. It typically has some sort of mild taste, but that’s not what we are referring to.

What we want you to watch out for is a metallic taste in your water. If you notice this, there could be some sort of contaminant or pollutant in your water, and this warrants the need for professional water testing.

Discolored Water

Often accompanied by the aforementioned strange taste, discolored water is a huge red flag that it’s time to get your water tested. Some mild discoloration doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious problem. But if the discoloration is extreme, or the water is opaque, it’s in your best interests to avoid drinking or bathing in it until you’ve had a professional check it.

Fortunately, there is a water treatment system available for whatever the issue is with your water. For instance, you may need a reverse osmosis (RO) system for healthier, better tasting water. Or you might need to have a water softener installed to combat the hard water we mentioned above. Our pros will help you decide which system(s) will benefit you the most!

For quality water testing services and much more, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today!

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