When Was the Last Time You Had Your Water Quality Tested?

How often do you think about water quality testing? If you’re like most people, probably not often. After all, if the water’s clear, there’s not a problem. Right?

Not always.

Builder contractor practices, plumbing design, old pipes, and municipal water issues are examples of problems that can affect water quality. From lead in the water to microorganisms growing in residential plumbing systems, the possible contaminants are wide ranging.

Noticing the First Signs of Water Quality Problems

The first signs of water issues are often foul odors and discolored water coming from the faucets when the hot water is used. Most homeowners compare the foul water smell to the same odor as rotten eggs.

Often, homeowners will go online and start researching what’s causing the problem. Since the smell and discoloration only happens during hot water usage, they may remove the anode rod in the water heater per instructions they’ve received online.

The problem with removing the anode rod is that this puts your water heater at risk of corrosion. The anode rod attracts materials that cause corrosion and keep them away from the sides and bottom of the tank.

The other issue homeowners run into is that the issue isn’t with the anode rod at all. The water quality issues persist.

In some cases, the plumber may blame system-wide corrosion on lone electrical currents or metals that clash. Plumbing repairs may be made to correct this problem, yet the issue still persists.

Why are normal plumbing repairs for poor water quality not working?

The answer is simple. Microorganisms exist in the system and must be addressed in an appropriate manner. Water testing can find these microorganisms making it faster, easier, and more affordable to make plumbing repairs.

Microorganisms exist in residential plumbing systems and public water supplies. But how does this happen?

Sunrise Plumbers Recommend Maintenance Repairs to Prevent Microorganism Growth

Waterborne microorganisms can exist in a plumbing system without causing harm. Problems occur when out-of-control populations breed. The following issues in residential plumbing systems can cause water quality issues:

  • Water stagnation
  • Low flow
  • Disinfection chemicals

To protect themselves, microorganisms emit an enzyme that acts as a protective barrier and will multiply as a result. We recommend that homeowners take precautionary measures to stop microorganisms from multiplying.

The first step homeowners can take to prevent these problems is to make sure stagnant water isn’t in the home.  If you have floor drains, bathtubs, showers, or sinks that collect water and drain slow, call us for drain cleaning services.

Second, homes with low water pressure may be collecting water in the pipes. Again, this situation can lead to water stagnation. Our plumbers use tools such as video drain inspection cameras and electronic leak detection equipment to detect problems in plumbing systems that aren’t always visible to the naked eye.

If you’re concerned about water quality issues, call us! We can test your water and give you suggestions for making improvements. At Sunrise Manor Swift Plumbers, we believe everyone should have clean fresh water in their homes.

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