What’s in my water?

Does your water taste funny? Smell odd? Look, well… not normal? We can help.

Do you notice that your water seems “off”? If your water tastes metallic, smells like rotten eggs, or leaves spots and stains, you may have a water quality problem. Whether you’ve noticed one indication or several, or whether you haven’t noticed a problem but you want to find out for sure, our Shore Water Refining Professionals are qualified to perform an easy and comprehensive in-home water analysis to recommend the right solution. Whether it is hard water treatment or a remedy for another water issue, stop worrying about “what’s in my water” and take action so you can get back to enjoying your water.

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Hard Water

Hard water is caused by high mineral content in the water. These minerals are calcium and magnesium. They accumulate in your water through the water’s natural cycle. Calcium and magnesium leech to water as it runs over rocks and through soil. The threat of hard water varies across the country. Do you live in a hard water area? Learn more about hard water and how you can reduce these contaminants.

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Chlorine & Chloramines

Chlorine is often used as a disinfectant. It’s commonly found in swimming pools so bacteria doesn’t collect in the water making it smell. Many water treatment centers add chlorine to their water so harmful bacteria doesn’t make its way to your house. But too much chlorine can be harmful toward your health. Learn more about chloramines and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

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Iron

If your water ever tastes metallic or leaves behind a distinct reddish stain, iron is present. Much like hard water, iron is present because the water is flowing over iron-bearing rocks. There are 2 types of iron contamination: ferrous and ferric. A water softener is the best way to fight back against iron. Learn more about the iron types and how you can reduce these contaminants.

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Manganese

Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that lives in sediment, rocks and soil. Manganese is an essential mineral, but a high concentration can be unhealthy to you and your home. The mineral leaves dark marks on water-using appliances and can stain sinks and drains. Learn more about manganese and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

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Hydrogen Sulfide

The smell of rotten eggs is not pleasant. You can blame this on hydrogen sulfide. This gas smells like sulfur and is created by oil deposits and decaying vegetation beneath the earth’s surface. It gets in your water through metal corrosion and having a faulty water heater. Learn more about hydrogen sulfide and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

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Cloudy Water

Cloudy, dirty water is caused by sediments. These come from sand, dirt or other inorganic matter getting into wells, or by run-off of matter into the water supply. The cloudiness is simply these materials floating in the water. Sediments are more of a visual concern for people and can be removed by most filtration systems. Learn more about sediments and how you can reduce these contaminants in your water.

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Low PH

If you’re noticing bluish-green stains inside your toilet tank or on your fixtures, your water has a low pH level. Anything measuring less than 7 pH is considered acidic. Your water is acidic because of pollutions, whether it’s from airborne pollutants, runoff from a mining spoil or the decomposition of plant materials. Learn more about low pH and how you can treat this issue in your water.

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Arsenic

Arsenic is odorless and tasteless. The only way to identify its presence is to have the water tested through a state certified lab. Arsenic is extremely toxic and known to cause cancer and hurt your immune system, leaving you susceptible to falling ill. This chemical gets in your water naturally through either erosion or industrial runoff. Learn more about arsenic and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

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Lead

Lead differs from other contaminants in that it rarely occurs naturally in a raw water supply. It gets in your water after it leaves the treatment plant. It dissolves in your water from old lead piping, lead solder or brass faucets. There is no safe level for lead exposure. Learn more about lead and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

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Nitrates

Nitrates often find their way into your water supply through the use of fertilizer. Spring water is vulnerable to this type of contamination when excess fertilizer isn’t fully absorbed by soil or crops. People in rural communities should test their water for nitrates because it is odorless and tasteless. Learn more about nitrates and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

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Microbiologicals

Microbiologicals include any type of organic materials such as algae, mold and bacteria. These materials cause your water to taste and smell earthy or woody. State and federal governments require water distribution centers to provide biologically safe water, but private wells do not. Learn more about microbes and how you can reduce these contaminants in your water.

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Pharmaceuticals

The Environmental Protection Agency requires water treatment plants to test for nearly 90 contaminants. Pharmaceuticals aren’t on the list. Traces of pharmaceutical compounds have been found in drinking supplies across North America, but it’s not known how these pharmaceuticals are a risk to your health. Learn more about pharmaceuticals and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

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