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Deciphering Your Water Test Results

water-testing-irving-txIf you choose to have your water tested, there are two main results you might receive:

  1. Too many contaminants
  2. Too much hard water

Systems like reverse osmosis filters, water purification systems and water softeners can take care of these issues for you. However, it’s useless to install any of those machines without first getting a water test from an Irving, TX plumber.

Even with all that being said, you might not easily understand what we mean by “too many contaminants” or “too much hard water.” We’ll go into more detail down below on what those things mean:

But First, Why Water Testing?

Unfortunately, the municipal water supply is not perfect. And if you get your water from a well instead, all the responsibility for treatment falls on you.

Chemicals like pesticides and chlorine can always manage to find their way into our water, even after being treated by the city’s filtration plant. It’s also not uncommon for the water to be full of minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, which can make the water “hard.”

A small number of contaminants or minerals in your water isn’t a bad thing—it’s more than enough for your body and plumbing system to handle. The problem, of course, is when the concentration of these contaminants becomes too high. Your water may or may not start tasting or smelling strange at that point, but you’ll be able to confirm your suspicions with a water test.

Two of the main results your water test might reveal are:

Too Many Contaminants

“Contaminants” can include poisonous minerals, chemicals, pesticides, microorganisms, and more. These are things that seep into the water on its way to your home or are not properly filtered during the municipal treatment process.

The solution is a purifier or filter. Reverse osmosis systems are a good fits for all models, but they might not be the best fit for your needs. They’re best for removing things like fluoride, chlorine, lead, pesticides, and more.

But if microorganisms are your problem, you’ll want to opt to include a UV filtration system as well. These filters can kill all the germs that come in through the water that might not be captured by an RO system.

Water Is Too Hard

In this case, it has been detected that there’s too much calcium, magnesium, and other minerals that contribute to hard water. The problem is that these minerals don’t dissolve easily. Instead, they tend to stick around until they get to your plumbing system—your hot water typically separates the minerals from the water at that point.

The result is that these minerals find their resting place in your water heater and in your pipes. That can contribute to clogs, corrosion, and inefficiencies in your plumbing system.

Homes with high concentrations of hard water can collect this mineral buildup for many years until it starts to affect the plumbing. If it gets bad enough, you may be forced to replace various sections of piping.

Curious to find out what secrets your water holds? Contact Earthwise Home Services today to schedule service!

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