Friday, June 16, 2017

Is My Water Safe?

There are many different minerals and contaminants that can get into your water. However, sometimes it can be hard to tell what is in our water or if our water has any contaminants in it. Your Lake of the Ozarks water treatment company is taking a closer look at a few common water contaminants and how to tell if they're in your water.

How to tell if your water has...

Lead can enter your home when lead plumbing materials, which can include faucets, pipes, fittings and the solder that holds them together become corroded and begin to release lead into the water. According to the EPA, corrosion is most likely to happen when water has a high acid or low mineral content and sits inside pipes for several hours. As of January 2014, all newly installed water faucets, fixtures, pipes and fittings must meet new lead-free requirements, which reduces the amount of lead allowed to 0.25 percent. However, this doesn't apply to existing fixtures found in many older homes. Metals like copper, iron and lead found in tap water have their own unique smells and tastes. However, the best way to tell if your water contains lead is to schedule an in-home water test from a professional water treatment company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Iron can seep into your water the same way that lead can. While iron won't harm you, it can cause damage to your property and food. Iron can stain your laundry, dishes and water receptacles like sinks and tubs red, yellow or brown, and they are difficult, if not impossible, to remove. It can also clog dishwashers, washing machines, sprinklers, wells, water pumps and other similar appliances and accessories. Iron in the water can also affect the food that cooked in it as well, turning it into unappetizingly dark and absorbs the taste of the water. It causes water to taste metallically and it can be carried into coffee, tea and other beverages made with water.

Chlorine is one of the most commonly used water disinfectants used by water companies. However, it can leave an unpleasant taste in your water when it reaches your home. In addition, you may also be able to smell the chlorine in your water.

Hydrogen sulfide gas produces a strong and unpleasant "rotten egg" or "sulfur" odor and taste in water. In some cases, the odor may be present only when the water is first turned on or when hot water is run. Heat forces the gas into the air, which may cause the odor to be especially offensive in the shower. Sulfur, sulfates and hydrogen sulfates are not generally considered harmful because the taste and odor are so unpleasant at such low levels that the taste and smell would prohibit most people from drinking it well before it reached harmful levels. It can also cause yellow or black stains on kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and it can tarnish silver and can discolor copper and brass utensils.

Hey, Culligan Man!®

The best way to know if there are any contaminants in your water is to schedule an in-home water treatment test. When you schedule on with your local Lake of the Ozarks Culligan Man®, we can let you know what kinds of contaminants are in your water and the best way to treat them. To schedule your water test, call us today at 573-719-1314.

277 Lower Business Park Road • Linn Creek, MO 65052 • (573) 719-1314

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