Three Impurities You Could Be Consuming In Your Drinking Water

Coming into your house on a hot day calls for a cold drink of water. When you reach for the cup and turn the spicket on, you expect to see crystal clear water coming out. Unfortunately, this may not always be the case. Impurities can take up home in your pipes and come out in your drinking water. This not only changes the way the water tastes, but it can be harmful to you. It is important to remove any impurities in your drinking water so that you can feel confident you are consuming only the freshest water available. Here are some tips to help clean your water. 

Removing Rust

Rust is a common impurity that can be found in your drinking water. Rust in tiny amounts won't harm you, but it can turn your water yellow. Rust comes from a combination of iron and oxygen. When you find rust in your water, this is usually a sign that your pipes are collecting rust. To determine if this is the cause, you can have your plumber run a camera into your pipes to see if rust is present. To help clear out rust in your water, you will need to add a water softener. The water softener uses sodium to mix with the iron and ultimately remove the rust altogether. You can also install an oxidizing filter that makes the iron compounds insoluble. These filters are best used when the pH is below 6.8

Getting Rid of Carbon

The last thing you would expect to be the cause of impurities in your drinking water is the filter itself. Many filters use carbon to help remove impurities out of your water system. If the filter starts to break down, the carbon particles and flow into your water supply. It could also be the result of a filter that needs to be replaced. It is important to contact your plumber to see if your filter is ready to be changed or replaced. 

Eliminating Rubber

Rubber is great for tires, hoses, and so much more, but it is not ideal for consuming. If you start to notice pieces of rubber flowing through your water supply, then you need to take note quickly. This is likely due to a broken or damaged hose. Many hoses are made of rubber and if you have chlorine in your water, then the rubber can quickly get broken down due to the chlorine. The best way to eliminate the rubber from your water supply is to replace the hose that is damaged.  

For further assistance, contact a local water purification service, such as Water-Pro.

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