What’s in my water?
|Contaminant||About the Contaminant||Signs of the Contaminant|
|Iron||Although small amounts do not have a negative effect on your health, Iron is a contaminant that contains bacteria, where large amounts of iron can be hazardous to your health. Iron is only found in private wells and is not usually associated with bacteria unless it is Iron Reducing Bacteria which is only found in a small percentage of private wells. o Iron does not blend well with soap, leaving residue on your bathtub, appliances, and skin (causing clogged pores). Typically, we refer to calcium and magnesium which is measured as “hardness” in water not blending well with soap and leaving residue.||Metallic taste which carries into your food and beverages
Leaves orange/red stains on anything the water touches
Iron residue build up can cause pipes to clog, thus decreasing water pressure in your home.
|Hydrogen Sulfide||More commonly known as the “rotten egg” smell or “sulfur water,” this smell may only be noticeable when water is first turned on or if it goes through a water heater. Hydrogen Sulfide corrodes metals and tarnishes silverware and other utensils in addition to causing yellow or black stains on kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Hydrogen Sulfide is usually not a health risk in household concentrations. In rare cases, it can cause nausea and other illnesses. To ensure your drinking water is safe, a custom water treatment plan Is in order.||Rotten egg smell|
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What’s the difference between well water and city water?
No matter where your water is sourced from, it has its unique pros and cons and different contaminants. If you have well water your home has a private well that requires unique maintenance. Consider scheduling a water test to see what’s in your water.
How do I find out how hard my water is?
Water is measured in grains of hardness. Typically, in Racine County we see a range of 10-40 grains of hardness. Soft water is below 1 grain of hardness. To find out how hard your home’s water is, schedule a water test.
Is there lead in my drinking water?
Water that is too corrosive can dissolve lead and other contaminants from plumbing throughout your home. However, lead in drinking water is hardly ever the sole cause of lead poisoning. If you are concerned about lead in your water, schedule a water test with us!
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