Some water contains troublesome elements or has characteristics which make it very unpleasant to use or damaging to things that it touches. Among them are iron, manganese, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, methane and acidity. The solution to these problems is a filtration system. Water treatment professionals know there is more than one way to treat many of these problems and the treatment often depends on more than one factor. At WaterServ we will help you understand your options and design the best Water Filtration System for your particular application and budget.
Identifying Problem Water:
Iron typically rears its ugly head as rusty orange/brown stains, streaks or spots on clothing cleaned in a washing machine. Stains also appear on bathtubs, sinks and faucets. Even small amounts of iron can cause problems. Iron in concentrations as low as .3 parts per million can cause staining. And iron staining can be difficult to remove, cleaning may require special solvents. Iron can also clog pipes and damage the internal parts of water-using appliances. Iron is generally found in well water, although city water users are not immune from the problems associated with it.
Usually found in conjunction with iron and will collect in the plumbing system. The tap water drawn will display a black sediment and a black color. Manganese will also cause a black staining in the laundry.
Chlorine is typically used by municipal water suppliers for disinfection. Chlorine can dry skin and hair and is inhaled in shower steam. Many professionals question the effects it has on the body.
Hydrogen Sulfide (sulphur)
Hydrogen sulfide leaves water with an obnoxious "rotten egg" odor that makes it unbearable to drink, cook with or even bathe in. Because it is a weak acid, hydrogen sulfide can also promote corrosion. Its presence in the air causes silver to tarnish in seconds. High concentrations are flammable and can be poisonous.
Acidity (low pH) will cause corrosion of plumbing and fixtures, and will damage water-using appliances. Acidity usually causes green stains on copper pipes and metal parts of the plumbing system like tub drains, faucets, etc.
Alkalinity (high pH) is usually identified by a scaly, crusty build-up on fixtures.
The Importance of Choosing Certified Products
Be sure that the system you choose is third-party certified by National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF) or the Water Quality Association (WQA). Just remember, when a manufacturer displays the WQA logo, it signifies only that the company is a member of the Water Quality Association, it doesn't mean all their products are validated. And just because a product is NSF certified against some contaminants doesn't mean it protects you against all of them. Check to see that the system you choose is specifically certified to reduce the contaminants you wish to protect your family from.