If you’ve identified a problem with the quality of the water supplied to your home, then researched your options and installed an appropriate water treatment system, you could be forgiven for thinking that your problems are over. In the vast majority of cases this is true, but what happens if you experience excellent water quality for a short time and then it deteriorates to the way it was before? In this article, we will look at some reason why this may happen and how you can fix the problem.
Hidden Contaminants in the Plumbing System
Sometimes, even if you did your homework, there are other factors that could be causing a loss in water quality. When you have a poor quality water supply, it affects the taste and smell of your drinking water, but it also causes other problems in your plumbing system. Poor quality water can leave contaminants on the inside of your plumbing pipes, fixtures, and even inside your hot water tank. These contaminants are located after your water treatment system and the higher the volume of water that’s passed through those pipes, the more contaminants there will be. This is a common cause of poor quality water after a water treatment system has been installed.
Why Would the Water Quality Degrade?
Many people are not aware that water is an extremely effective solvent, and it can dissolve many materials given enough time. The treated water has different properties, and this may dissolve any contaminants that are left in untreated water deposits. These dissolved contaminants will be added to your water, making it seem as bad or worse than it used to be. The brand or type of water treatment system installed has nothing to do with this situation; it really is down to the differences in the properties of your water before and after the installation.
The Solution to These Problems
It’s possible to verifty that your water quality problem is plumbing related by checking your plumbing system. Test the water at three separate points, before the water treatment system, after the water treatment and at a water faucet where the water quality is noticably bad. If the problem is in your plumbing system, you should notice that the water is better than the untreated water and the water coming from the faucet. The water quality problems could be better or worse depending on the contaminants in the plumbing system and the volume of water passing through the pipes. Consult a professional plumber, and they will be able to sanitize your plumbing pipes.
A New Home
If you’re living in a new home, it’s not likely that you will have received enough raw water to create any type of substantial deposits of contaminants. In this case, the water quality problems may not be apparent for some time because there has to be sufficient time for the fresh treated water to dissolve any accumulated contaminants. This will remove any contaminants for your plumbing system, and the problem will clear up on its own.
If you have any further problems with your water quality, contact your local water treatment professional for expert help and advice.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.