None of us can survive without water. Water is essential to all life on this planet. It fuels our cells, giving us energy to do the things we need to do in order to survive. It’s a basic human need that, along with food and shelter, is always in the forefront of our minds.

As a basic human necessity, water quality must remain important in order to keep us healthy. It took humans a long time (millenia) to discover that water was killing us through water-borne diseases, such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery, which were caused when we drank contaminated water. Only then did we pay much attention to the quality of the water we were putting in our bodies. However, even today with as much as we know about the importance of fresh water sources, many people don’t think twice about the water they drink. After all, it’s clear. What could possibly be wrong with it?

Home Water Solutions with offices in Thornton, Hayden, and Loveland, has been installing whole house water treatment systems for years. We are passionate about the water we put into our bodies and the dangerous contaminants that it may contain. We want to put homeowners and commercial business owners’ minds at rest with our reverse osmosis water filtration system that removes 99% of any contaminants or pollutants in the water and offers a superb taste in your water. Even bottled water may contain contaminants.

The only sure-fire way to ensure your water is as pure as possible is to invest in a whole house water treatment system by us. With unparalleled customer service, you’re guaranteed to have a smiling face with every cup of water you drink. Below, we’ll take a look at just some of the common contaminants you will find in your tap water today. Contact us today to learn more!

WHAT’S LURKING IN YOUR WATER?

Even though almost all of the drinking water that comes out of your tap system is filtered, it may still contain common contaminants and pollutants. This boils down to the fact that the water filtration system that most cities, counties, and municipalities use to filter your water supply is antiquated and employs a lesser technology than what is available and what Home Water Solutions based in Loveland uses.

Many people believe that the water that comes out of their tap is pure because it has been filtered. This is mainly because it’s clear. However, most of the contaminants and pollutants that lurk in your water supply cannot be seen with the human eye or detected by our other senses, such as our sense of smell. These bad guys are microbes, meaning they are microscopic and are usually single-celled organisms that require the use of a microscope in order to be seen. In fact, the only way most people discover their water is not as pure as they think it is is when people start to become sick, and the source is traced back to the water supply.

Unfortunately, it could be years before people realize there is something wrong with their water supply as some of these microbial and organic contaminants require a build-up in your system before any symptoms arise. In essence, you have been slowly poisoning your body without even knowing it. Home Water Solutions notes that this is all too common in communities today.

Some of the health conditions that drinking contaminated water can cause include certain cancers and reproductive problems and can affect organs, such as your eyes, liver, kidneys, and other body functions. If you live near any kind of processing plant or industrial plant, you must be especially vigilant as it is all too easy to cross-contaminate water sources.

That being said, there are times when you can detect something amiss with your water supply, such as a funny smell or a weird taste. You may even see things in your water supply. Most commonly, people will notice a funky smell to their water coming out of their tap. Now this is not necessarily a problem with your water supply. In most instances, it’s a problem with your piping or your hot water tank. However, it’s worth determining the source of the odor not only so you can have great smelling and tasting water again, but also so you can protect your health. Below are common water smells and what to do about it. Contact Home Water Solutions for a free water test for contaminants and pollutants today!

COMMON WATER ODORS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM

Bleach, chlorine, or medicine

Most public water utility companies and suppliers add chlorine to their water supply, which helps to prevent bacterial growth. When chlorine is added to your well water, it can smell like bleach. Usually, this is a quick fix. Simply turn on your outdoor faucets and let the water run until the smell dissipates. Chlorine (since it’s a chemical) often reacts with other substances in your plumbing system, which is causing the nasty smell.

Rotten eggs

This is a very common complaint from homeowners and business owners. This problem most likely originates from your pipes, hot water heater, or your drain. In essence, something called sulfur-reducing bacteria begin to grow in your pipes or hot water heater. Sulfur-reducing bacteria need sulfur to grow, so they react with the hydrogen in water molecules that causes a nasty rotten egg smell. Usually, the cure that Home Water Solutions in Loveland and Hayden recommend is to add chlorine to your water since removing all the sulfate from your pipes would be near impossible. The chlorine will kill the bacteria, eliminating the smell.

Dealing with bacteria itself in your water

Bacteria are opportunistic creatures. They like organic material to eat, which includes almost everything that you wash down the sink, from hair and soap to food and soda. Once you’ve taken care of your rotten egg water, it’s best to try to eliminate the source. You can disinfect and flush your drains.

Bacteria also love it when you go on vacation for an extended period of time and leave hot water in your heater. Sitting water is ripe for bacteria growth, especially if it’s not too hot. Have your hot water heater inspected by a professional plumber to ensure it’s not your heating rod. Magnesium heating rods are the culprits; instead, you want an aluminum rod instead.

If indeed the bacteria is in your water (which you would know if you’ve done all of the steps above, and your water still smells), get a free water test from Home Water Solutions in Hayden and Loveland. We can tell you exactly what the cause is. You’ll have to either treat your well with more chlorine, or call your water treatment facility. Oftentimes, an algae outbreak in your water supply is to blame, which can go undetected until someone alerts them.

Musty, moldy, earthy, grassy, or fishy

All of these smells coming from your tap water usually indicate the presence of bacteria. Again, the likely causes are decaying matter in your drain, insufficient chlorine being added by your water company, or water pollution from surface drainage, which can include algae, fungi, or bacterial growth. Normally, adding more chlorine will take care of the problem

Gasoline or oil smell

Gasoline or oil smells coming from your tap water are rare but can be serious. This is usually caused by a leaking underground fuel tank, such as those installed at gas stations, that is close to your well, contaminants from a nearby factory, or agricultural runoff, which would include pesticides that are oil-based. If you smell any of these smells, Home Water Solutions in Loveland and Hayden advises that you stop drinking your water immediately, and call your water supply company. These types of pollutants can cause serious health concerns, such as cancer, liver, or kidney problems.

COMMON CONTAMINANTS IN WATER

Water contaminants are classified into four distinct classes (this fact alone should give you cause for concern since there are so many possible contaminants in our water supply that we have to classify them):

  1. Physical contaminants. Physical contaminants are ones you can physically see, such as dirt, sediment, or other organic material that is suspended in water. This also includes soil erosion that is washed downstream. These are common in city water systems.
  2. Chemical contaminants. Chemical contaminants are elements or compounds that form chemicals. These can be either natural or man-made and include nitrogen, bleach, salt, pesticides, heavy metals, some toxins, and man-made drugs. These are common in well water systems.
  3. Biological contaminants. Biological contaminants are the little organisms that live in our water, commonly called microbes. These are bacteria, viruses, protozoan, and parasites. These bad guys are common in both well water and city water systems.
  4. Radiological contaminants. These are the really bad guys that can lurk in your water supply that you don’t want to be anywhere near. These include cesium, plutonium, and uranium. In essence, these bad guys emit radiation because they are unstable atoms with an unbalanced number of protons and neutrons. They are found near nuclear plants typically, but can also be found anywhere if radiological waste produced by industries if not disposed of properly. They can also result from the erosion of natural deposits of these elements.

Now that Home Water Solutions in Loveland and Hayden has looked at the classes of contaminants, let’s dive in, and look at some of the contaminants that are more likely to be found in your drinking water in a bit more detail.

Ammonia

Ammonia is a colorless gas chemical contaminant that doesn’t smell the best. It occurs naturally in groundwater and in our bodies. However, too much ammonia can be a bad thing. Ammonia is a common ingredient in fertilizer, animal feed, household cleaners, added to food, and in manufacturing.

Arsenic

Most of us know that arsenic is a poison. It’s a chemical contaminant that is found in different minerals, is toxic, and has been linked to certain cancers.

Parasitic Cysts

These guys just sound nasty. They are single-celled parasites (meaning they feed off a host animal) that lives in your intestinal wall. It causes you to have flu-like symptoms. A biological contaminant, the most common forms are cryptosporidium and giardia, which normally live in lakes and rivers, but they can enter our water system through sewage, leaking septic tanks, and feedlots. Home Water Solutions in Loveland and Hayden notes that these resilient little guys are very resistant to chlorine and other water treatment systems so they are definitely a health risk.

E. coli

Made famous by outbreaks in lettuce, e. Coli stands for Escherichia coli and is a biological contaminant. Not all strains of e. Coli are harmful. In fact, some live in the intestines of people and humans. However, the bad ones are the ones you hear about that can cause diarrhea and other unpleasant symptoms. E coli is transmitted through contaminated food, water, or from person to person or even from person to animal.

Mercury

A heavy metal, mercury occurs naturally in our earth. However, mercury is also prevalent in industrial uses and often enters our water system through refinery and factory runoff, as well as from landfills and croplands. Mercury, like lead, can be extremely damaging to your kidneys.

Lead

Thankfully, the national campaign that was launched years ago to both raise awareness of the dangers of lead poisoning as well as to help get rid of lead in our water and environment has made lead much less common in your water. However, the damage was done as it was an exceedingly common additive to many household items and goods, including paint. We can also thank Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring for raising awareness of the dangers of pesticides, as well as the plight of our natural symbol, the bald eagle, for waking humans up to the damage they were doing to the earth. Thankfully, the bald eagle has recovered, as has our earth and water supply.

Home Water Solutions in Loveland and Hayden still recommends testing your water since getting rid of all lead in the environment is virtually impossible. Furthermore, many people still have old lead pipes or lead pipes somewhere along the water supply lines, which is mainly how lead gets into our water supply today. Lead poisoning can cause death. Contact us today for your free water test.

Pesticides and herbicides

These nasties can easily enter our water system because of agricultural runoff and rainfall. One herbicide, Atrazine, can affect your reproductive system as well as your hormones. On the pesticide side, pesticides can enter our tap water through the sewer system plant as well due to the runoff of rainwater.

WHY YOU NEED WATER TREATMENT

We hope that by now you realize how important treating the water coming into your home is. Investing in a whole house water treatment system, using reverse osmosis, is the way to be sure you are not ingesting contaminants from the environment. Reverse osmosis water filtration system is the best system around.

Reverse osmosis employs a membrane that filters out particles and debris. This membrane blocks out all of the microorganisms since the membrane’s holes are smaller than these nasty microbes. Hence, all of these nasties we talked about above, including cysts and pesticides, will not make it through. Once the water has been filtered, Home Water Solutions in Loveland and Hayden then store the water in a storage tank so it’s ready for your use, including drinking and showering. Then it is filtered once more just to be sure we’ve gotten every possible bad guy out.

If you’ve never had a cup of coffee made with our reverse osmosis water filtration system then we like to say you’ve never had coffee made so good. It’s more flavorful, and you’ll enjoy it more knowing it’s made from the purest water possible — your own whole house water filtration system.

THE HOME WATER SOLUTIONS’ DIFFERENCE

Home Water Solutions in Loveland and Hayden cares about your health and well-being. We live in an unprecedented era where we have access to the best medical care, we can go anywhere on this planet, we can do any activity we want to, and we have the freedom to do so. Furthermore, we have the technology and the knowledge to eat right for our bodies and drink water that will cause us no harm. In all reality, we are truly blessed to be reaping the rewards of centuries of our ancestors’ hard work, all in the name of living a more comfortable life.

That being said, it falls on humans to protect and preserve all of these wonderful gifts for future generations. By learning from our mistakes, such as using pesticides on farmland, and improving technology, such as incorporating reverse osmosis into our water filtration systems, we can all lead a high-quality life now and in the future for all of posterity.

Home Water Solutions offers the best whole house water treatment system for our Loveland and Hayden neighbors. Our mission is to improve the quality of your life today by bringing you the cleanest water you’ve ever tasted or bathed in, helping your skin to flourish as well. With clean water coming from your tap, you can rest assured that you and your family will be healthy and happy. We offer free water tests, so you can discover just what is lurking in your water. That will help you to decide if a whole house water treatment system is for you. Our water experts are here to answer any questions you may have about how reverse osmosis works and how it will be installed in your home.

You only have one life to lead; make it your best and healthiest. Contact us today to get started!