There are numerous threats that can affect your home’s water supply. Finding the right solution for protecting your water hinges on you knowing what’s contaminating it. While it’s always best to have a professional come and test your drinking water, here are some ways you can detect any Clifton Township and Scranton, PA water quality problems. You can also call our team for further information at (570) 903-3199.
Sediment, Dirt Content, and Metals
Sediments are easily identifiable by their yellow, brown, or red color. You may notice silt particles sitting at the bottom of your drinking glass; this sediment has a nasty taste. Metals will be even easier to identify; water with high metal content usually has a red color and leaves a stain that's difficult to remove.
With the exception of metals, these contaminants are generally not an immediate threat to your family’s health. However, you should install a carbon filter or a water purification product to protect your plumbing. Dirt and other sediments like to clog up your pipes and leave residue on your appliances. Mineral deposits can even rupture your pipes and water heater, necessitating some expensive repair work.
Chemicals and Leftover Residue
Chemicals are a little more dangerous than sediments. Even fairly mild compounds (such as chlorine) can cause stomach aches to start, or more serious health problems with prolonged consumption. Other chemicals found in drinking water include fluoride, nitrates, sulphates, and certain pesticides. Long-term consumption of these chemical contaminants can lead to unpleasant physical symptoms, such as:
- Irritated lungs and throat
- Coughing and wheezing
- Tightness in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin and eye irritation
If you or a family member is experiencing these symptoms after drinking from your home’s water supply, consider call our experts at Freedom Flow Plumbing and Heating Services to test your water supply.
There a countless viruses and bacteria that can be found in water. Thankfully, your municipal city water treatment plant calls the vast majority of these pathogens. However, pathogens have been known to leak from broken sewer lines and contaminate water in transit to local neighborhoods. These can lead to mild, aggravated, or even deadly illnesses (in worst case scenarios). That’s why having your water tested and treated is so important.
Homeowners don’t have to live in fear of water borne contaminants, but it does pay to be cautious. If you are concerned about potential water quality problems in Clifton Township and Scranton, PA, simply give our team a call at (570) 903-3199 and request a checkup. Even if you don’t find any contaminants, you can find some extra peace of mind!