How Do You Know It’s Time to Test the Water?
Water is essential to human life; our bodies are made up of around 60 percent water and we can only last three days without it. However, water can also be an easy way to get contaminates into our body, like unwanted bacteria and other things that can damage. It’s very important that the water you have in your home is safe for you and your household to consume.What are the warning signs that you need to test your water for contaminants?
If members of your household have started getting regular gastrointestinal issues, the source of the health problems could be your water. Even if you don’t drink the water from the tap, bathing or showering in it could introduce bacteria and other contaminants to your system through your skin, your eyes, or if you accidentally get some water in your mouth. You should consult your doctor if you are having prolonged gastrointestinal issues, and get your water tested immediately.
Visual Changes in the Water
A sure sign that you need to get your water tested is just visually inspecting a glass of water. Cloudiness or discoloration in the water can be caused by a number of contaminants. Cloudiness or turbidity doesn’t necessarily mean it is a danger to your health, but it should be tested immediately just in case.
If your water appears to be yellow, orange or brown, it is a good indicator that your water source has an excess of certain metals such as chromium-6 (cancer causing), iron, manganese, copper or lead. If the yellow tint only occurs when running cold water and you are connected to a municipal water source, it may be just them cleaning out the pipes, and is unlikely to be dangerous. Browning can also be a sign of rust in your pipes, which can breed bacteria and needs to be tested and fixed right away.
If your water appears green or blue in color, this is a sign of excess amounts of copper caused by corroded piping. Small doses of copper are safe, but high levels can cause health issues such as liver and kidney damage, and anemia.
Your Water Smells
If you are noticing a smell emanating from your water, then it is likely contaminated and should be tested. The smell of bleach in your water coming from the tap can be a sign of excess of the chlorine that is used to kill germs and pathogens in public water systems.
The smell of rotten eggs in your water can be a sign that your water contains hydrogen sulfide, which naturally occurs in groundwater. If this gas is exposed to certain bacteria it can be converted to sulfate and cause dehydration or diarrhea in humans.
A fishy smell can be a sign of barium or cadmium contamination. These are naturally occurring chemicals, but they can seep into water systems if there is nearby drilling or manufacturing. You should get your water tested immediately as excess amounts can cause organ, muscle, and bone damage.
Tasting Your Water
If your water has a metallic taste to it, then your pipes may be rusty and metals such as iron, manganese, zinc, copper or lead are leaking into your water. This issue occurred in Flint and alerted them to the need to immediately stop drinking the water and getting it tested.
Regular Preventative Maintenance
It’s important to take care of your plumbing system in your home, and to ensure your water is safe to drink. Any signs of wear on the pipes should be taken care of immediately. As well, regular testing of your water source should be performed to ensure it is safe to drink for your household; and immediately if issues in your water have appeared.
Should you believe your water source has been contaminated, contact AquaKnow today for assistance in picking out the right water test to order for your home, or to discuss regular preventative maintenance testing.