Water is a universal solvent. H2O absorbs a little of almost everything
it makes contact with. Unfortunately, this results in several issues that can be detrimental to your home and your health.
are factors in water quality:
Hard Water is the result of water absorbing calcium and magnesium from limestone, chalk or marble deposits. Hard water is not a
health concern, and is very common. Indications of hard water include: white marks; stains and scale on sinks, baths, toilet
bowls and around the base of taps; blocked showerheads, and scale deposits on kettles.
Iron (causing Bad Taste & Odor, Rust Stains)
Iron is one of the most common contaminants
in well water. Iron is not a health concern at levels encountered in normal drinking water. Higher concentrations of iron
can cause an objectionable metallic taste and orange or rust-colored staining of sinks, toilet, bathtubs and clothes.
with a low pH level (potential of Hydrogen) is considered acidic
water, and, can cause damage to sinks, faucets, hot water tanks, drainage and supply lines. These problems can cause extensive
repair costs or replacement. Pitting on plumbing fixtures usually indicates low pH. In addition, many health professionals believe, although it has not been scientifically proven, that if our bodies are more "acidic"
due to perhaps ingesting soft drinks for example, that long term health problems may be linked to our bodies functioning in
a lower ph "state" - which may be linked to processes which may induce cancer. It is believed that human bodies
function better in a more "alkaline" state up to a certain point.
Sulfur (causing Bad Taste & Odor)
Sulfur is a colorless gas which causes damage to plumbing
and gives off an offensive, “rotten egg” odor.
When Chlorine mixes with organics in water, trihalomethanes (THMs) are formed. THMs are reportedly cancer-causing agents. Substantial amounts
of chlorine are not appropriate for inside home and drinking use.