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4 Signs You May Need a Water Filtration System for Your Home

Despite extensive water treatment processes, harmful contaminants could make it into your home water supply. This could be dangerous considering materials like lead, arsenic and cyanide have been found in various areas. The effectiveness of water treatment facility varies from place to place, although no treatment is 100% effective.

If your home uses well water, the chance of contaminants is higher. If you are unsure about your water quality, purchase a water testing kit from your local hardware store or call a plumber.

If you notice any of the following signs, a whole house water filtration system may need to be installed.

Unusual Taste. Human taste buds are incredibly sensitive to help protect against dangerous substances. A metallic taste, while possibly just trace minerals, could be rust from old pipes or lead. Commercial and industrial chemicals, pesticides and fuel can cause an oily taste, while algae and bacteria can precipitate a fishy or musty flavor. If you notice an odd taste in your tap water, it may be time to purchase a water filtration system

Bad Smell. Chlorine is added to public water supplies to remove harmful microorganisms, and while not typically found in dangerous amounts, it can make your beverages unappetizing. If your water smells like rotten eggs, sulfur is to blame. The naturally occurring mineral is prevalent in some water systems but typically not harmful. A water filtration system can eliminate any trace of lingering chemicals.

Cloudy Appearance. Water treatment facilities do not generally filter harmless, natural compounds from the water supply. These compounds can give tap water a cloudy or foamy appearance. If the appearance does not clear over time, however, it may be caused by bacteria. Water should be tested for contamination if this persists.

Sand, dirt, clay and other sediments can also appear in your water supply. These particles aren't typically dangerous, although they are certainly unattractive. A point-of-use sediment filter usually alleviates this problem. 

Spotty Dishes. Some locales have water that contains a high percentage of dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Although hard water isn't dangerous, it reduces the effectiveness of various household soaps. Hard water also causes spotting or scaling, which are unpleasant mineral deposits left behind on glassware and your plumbing. These deposits can reduce the life span of your water heater, boiler, dishwasher and other appliances.

While not always harmful, having less-than-clean water can be highly unpleasant. Over time, damage can occur to pipes and appliances, costing home owners a fortune. If you notice any of these signs, test your water immediately. For installation or advice on water filtration systems, call the professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.