If you have a water quality problem in your home, it can be a frustrating experience, particularly if you have no relevant knowledge to fall back on. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. Even if you have no formal experience, there are a few tips and tricks that can help anyone to diagnose a water quality problem. This will allow you to make informed decisions and consult a water treatment professional for expert help and advice. Here are three tried and test ways to self-diagnose a water quality problem in your home.

  1. Strange Odors

If you can smell a strange odor coming from your faucets, there is a problem. The water supplied to your home should have a neutral odor, and any other type of smell is a cause for concern. If you can smell a bleach or “swimming pool” odor, this is caused by elevated levels of chlorine in your water supply. If the odor smells like fish or rotten eggs, this is caused by a source of dissolved sulfur somewhere in your water supply system. A more earthly odor could indicate the presence of bacterial growth or algae in your water. Drinking and using water that has these types of odors is difficult, many people find the experience to be intolerable, and the water may be unpalatable as we will see next.

  1. Strange Tastes

Water treated at the local plant should have a consistent taste that doesn’t vary much. If you’re experiencing water that has an unusual taste from time to time, this a clear indicator that you have a water quality problem. The type of taste that you recognize can give you valuable clues about the nature of the underlying problem. If your drinking water comes with a metallic, tangy aftertaste it usually means that there is an elevated level of dissolved metal, such as arsenic, manganese, mercury, iron, lead, zinc, copper and even lead in your water supply. If the water has a strong ozone taste, it may contain salt, sulfates, or even certain bacteria types. Our sense of taste and smell are very closely related so you may perceive the taste as an odor or vice versa, and this may even vary from one person to another.

  1. Strange Appearance

The water supplied to your home should have a neutral appearance, and it needs to be clear enough to see through. If your water doesn’t look like this, it’s important to seek advice from a local water treatment specialist immediately. Pour a glass of water and allow it to sit for a while before holding it up against a piece of white paper. This will help you to see the color easily and check the turbidity. If the water is very cloudy, this is a sign that you have sediment in your water supply. Poor quality water can even have a different color, and this can stain your plumbing fixtures or clothes during washing.

If you’re concerned about your water quality, consult a local water treatment professional with WQA certification. They will be able to advise you on the best water treatment systems to fix your water quality problems.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.