5 Signs you should invest in a water treatment system
Taking care of your water with a filtration system eliminates your dependence on a supplier and eliminates health risks. But how do you know whether or not you need a water treatment system? Here are 5 signs that it’s time to invest:
When water is treated and supplied by a municipality, you are assured by government regulation that the water supply is both treated and monitored to ensure that the water flowing from your tap meets Canadian potability standards.
If you draw your water from a private source, however, the onus is on you to provide safe drinking water for your family, and you’ll need to test periodically for pathogens.
Whether you benefit from a municipal network or enjoy a private source (artesian well, surface well, fountain or other), the fact remains that certain contaminants can be difficult to detect or treat realistically on a large scale, and can infiltrate the drinking water distribution system through cracks in the infrastructure, such as in aging pipes. Keeping you informed about the actual quality of your water is the best way to protect your family.
Presence of particles
Your water looks “cloudy” due to fine particles in suspension, you notice a layer of “dust” forming on the top of your glass when you let it stand for a while, or you can clearly see brown or black grains at the bottom of the bathtub. before putting the children in…
Whether your water is turbid (cloudy), contains clay, sand, tannins or sulfur… it’s time to act.
Yellow, red, grey or brown… betting on the fact that you’d prefer clear, limpid water wouldn’t be a very big risk!
If it were only color, perhaps you could get used to drinking water with a color reminiscent of apple juice, but colored water is often the most visible symptom of the presence of a contaminant, and is most often accompanied by unpleasant tastes, odors and other inconveniences you’ll see below.
Tastes and smells
In its natural state, water is colorless, tasteless and odorless, and you shouldn’t expect anything different when it comes to water in your home.
In reality, however, it’s often the case that chemicals are added to your water, or that natural minerals, bacteria or human contamination can intervene to give your water an unpleasant rotten egg smell, metallic, earthy or musty taste.
An iron problem, for example, can lead to reddish discoloration, a metallic taste and stubborn stains on clothes during washing. Canadian regulations set the maximum standard at 0.3 mg/l. In higher concentrations, iron stains pipes, appliances and fittings. It can also cause problems in distribution networks by promoting the growth of microorganisms.
Stains, crusts, deposits
Your water is hard. It contains minerals that deposit and accumulate when water dries out or evaporates. These deposits and crusts are particularly noticeable on plumbing accessories such as faucets, in or around the bathtub, on the shower head, in the toilet bowl, etc.
Orange, black or bluish-green stains can be caused by iron, minerals, the natural acid in your water or a combination of these factors. Anyone who has ever tried to clean such stains will tell you, they are very difficult to remove and they come back quickly.
With the installation of a water softening or filtration system, stains quickly become a thing of the past. Instead of spending time cleaning stains, spend it doing something you love, without compromising on the cleanliness of your appliances.