What’s in your water?

Have you noticed your water has started to smell or taste bad?

Water used for drinking and cooking is one of the most important water sources to maintain, and is usually the easiest to notice when it comes to repairs. However, you may not be aware of the two main components affecting the quality of your water OR that you have the ability to improve the quality of your water once it enters your home.

Phoenix has some of the hardest water in the country, affecting plumbing and if unfixed causes unsuitable drinking water. Through effective water treatment methods you can make hard water desirable and useful. Luckily, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing provides a few easy solutions to reduce repairs and protect your plumbing system so that you can enjoy cleaner, healthier water.

Two things affect the performance of your plumbing system:

1. Age of System

2. Quality of WaterChlorine & Hardness

Water softening and Water Treatment can improve the quality of the water entering your home, improving your use of water for drinking and cooking, laundry and cleaning and showering and bathing. Find out how knowledgeable you are about Water Softeners.

How does your Water Taste and Smell?

  • Swimming Pool Odor?
    • Tap water with a chlorine-like taste and smell may be cause by an elevated level of chlorine in the water.
  • Sulfur or Rotten Egg Smell?
    • The smell is usually caused by bacteria growing in your sink drain or water heater, but could also be caused by the water itself.
  • Metallic Taste?
    • Waters metallic taste is usually due to metals like iron or copper rusting the galvanized steel pipe in home plumbing. A low pH could also be a factor.
  • Salty or Bitter Taste?
    • All water has a certain amount of salts and other minerals but high levels of TDS, sodium, sulfates or nitrates can affect your water’s taste, making it salty or bitter. The pH value determines how acidic or alkaline water is, and helps control pipe corrosion and some taste problems.

Treatment systems can improve odor, improve taste of food cooked or rinsed in water and improve taste of beverages made with water.