Thursday, June 2, 2016

4 Signs You May Have A Problem With Your Water Quality

Safe, clean drinking water at the Lake of the Ozarks is something a lot of us are fortunate enough to be able to take for granted. We may not even give our water supply a second thought - that is, not until something happens that makes us question the cleanliness or safety of our water. 

Contaminated water can cause a number of problems in the home, affecting everything from your appliances to your family's health. As a result, it is important that you always remain vigilant and head of any potential problems before they have a chance to develop into something truly serious. Our water specialists at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help with these common warning signs to watch out for.

4 Signs You May Have A Problem With Your Water Quality

1. Hard Water Spots
Hard water can leave behind mineral deposits (usually lime and calcium) that may build up and cause problems within your appliances and pipes. Over time, hard water can also negatively impact other aspects of your home life, such as your water bill and cleaning efforts. If you notice decreased flow in your pipes or spots on your drinking glasses after they come out of the dishwasher, you may have a hard water problem.

2. Rust Stains
Second to hard water, high iron content is one of the most common problems with water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks. In high concentrations, excessive iron can cause numerous problems, including clogged pipes, strange-tasting food and beverages, and stains on sinks, tubs, and laundry. If you notice reddish or brownish stains where water has been or a metallic taste in your water, you may have a high concentration of iron.

3. Chlorine Smell
In an effort to clear the water of any contaminants (such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses), most city water treatment facilities apply a small amount of chlorine to the water to decontaminate it. Ideally, this amount of chlorine should be small enough that it is not distinguishable by taste. However, some treatment facilities get a little over-zealous with the chlorine dosages, resulting in poor-tasting drinking water. Having a good home water filtration system can help overcome this.

4. Rotten Egg Smell
Have you noticed your water smelling or tasting like rotten eggs? This can be caused from a high concentration of hydrogen sulfide gas or sulfate minerals. Sometimes it is noticeable when the water is first turned on, sometimes only when hot water is used, and sometimes it is constantly present. Though unpleasant to smell and taste, the sulfide-oxidizing bacteria commonly found with sulfate minerals are not known to cause health risks to adults. (They can cause a laxative effect that can be problematic in newborns). However, hydrogen sulfide gas is a toxic substance that can lead to severe nausea, illness, and (in extreme cases) even death.

Concerned About Your Water Quality?
Call Your Culligan Man!

If you have noticed any of these warning signs and are concerned about your home water quality in Camden County MO, please don't hesitate to call your Culligan Man at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our experienced team has the knowledge and expertise you need to determine if the water in your home is safe. We offer a free water analysis which will include a complete overview of the elements within your water as well as analysis of how your plumbing, water-using appliances, and other fixtures are functioning. Visit our website or call 573-346-5221 to schedule your free water analysis today!

277 Lower Business Park Road • Linn Creek, MO 65052 • (573) 346-5221

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