Skin irritation is more than a minor inconvenience and it could be a sign of a problem with your water supply. Water testing can help identify whether your tap water is causing skin irritation.

How do water quality problems lead to skin irritation? Here are three common possibilities.

Hard Water

What makes water hard? It is the alkalinity, which is elevated due to high levels of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Calcium carbonate leaches into groundwater, which is why houses that pump water from wells are particularly prone to hard water.

If you have both hard water and skin irritation, a possible explanation is the interaction of minerals in your water with the soaps and detergents used in your shower or washing machine. High levels of calcium can interfere with your soap’s solubility. This means your soap may not wash out entirely, and it forms a thin film on your body or clothing. This can irritate your skin over time.

Chemical Contamination from Industrial Sites

What is more concerning than hard water is chemical contamination. Industrial sites, farms and oil and gas facilities may release chemicals into the water supply, which is then used by houses in the surrounding area. Common signs of foreign chemicals in the water supply are irritated skin, dry eyes, or an off-flavor in the water.

While measures are taken to limit the chance of these leaks, they are more frequent than many people realize. It is essential to seek professional-grade testing in these circumstances to ensure that your water is assessed for potential contaminants.

If you live near a large farm or industrial site, test your water if there is a high level of runoff, after every flood and anytime you notice the water is “off.” If dangerous compounds are detected in the water, you will need to take additional actions to avoid your exposure.

Chemical Contamination from Flooding or Heavy Rain

One cause of skin irritation that many people do not recognize is flooding. Our world is covered in harmful chemicals, such as bleach, paint, pesticides, and manure. In the case of a flood, large amounts can get into groundwater all at once.

Houses located close to sources of chemical contamination might not need a flood to experience this effect – even heavy rain can cause issues with water quality. Contacting a water testing professional will help you determine if you should wait out these issues or invest in treatment options.

Improve Your Water Quality with Water Testing

Skin irritation isn’t the only reason to have your water tested. Other signs of contamination or hard water include unusual flavors or a discolored appearance. Our team at AquaKnow will identify your water quality issues so your family can live healthier lives.

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