You may think your Florida home’s water is safe to drink because it is regulated by local and state governments. But, it may surprise you to learn that being regulated does not equate to being safe to consume. Considering there are over 250 contaminants in drinking water here in the US, a whole home water treatment system is your best bet to trust what you and your family drink daily.
There are some common issues with our household and potable water in North Central Florida, including hard water and chemical contamination.
Hard water contains high calcium or magnesium levels and can lead to soap scum, spotted dishes, or visible buildup around water fixtures, not to mention dry skin and hair. Further, the clogging that results from hard water puts unnecessary stress on your home’s water-usage appliances, and limescale accumulation in your pipes leads to blockages and damage.
If a well pump provides your home with potable water, you likely have hard water. To test for it, fill a water bottle and add a pinch of powdered laundry detergent. If it produces a lot of foam, you have soft water. If you only see a few bubbles, you have hard water.
Another Florida water issue is the iron and manganese that make your water appear cloudy and taste metallic. You may also notice rust-looking stains on your plumbing fixtures, dishes, or clothing.
Well water is also at risk of contamination by hydrogen sulfide. This stinky contaminant is known to give water a “rotten egg” taste and smell and corrode pipes, making them susceptible to leaks.
Another issue with well water is naturally occurring vegetation decay from natural bodies of water bodies that give your home’s water a moldy, fishy taste and smell. You may even see sediment and a lack of clarity in your home’s water or find residual grit leftover in washed glass dishes.
Fortunately, there are many options for whole-home water treatment systems in Florida.
There are several options for softening water, one of which involves removing the ions that lead to hard water and replacing them with sodium or potassium. Another option is to use a water descaling system that uses hydrogen ions released when acids are dissolved in water.
Water filters are another effective water treatment option. The two most commonly used water filters that remove chemical contaminants are carbon block and granulated activated carbon filters (GAC). Carbon block filters effectively remove lead, mercury, and asbestos, while GAC filters remove mercury and lead. A third type is a ceramic filter useful on solid sediment but does not remove chemical contaminants.
Distillation and reverse osmosis well water filtrations systems are also effective treatments for your home’s water. Distillation boils water leading to evaporation but does not allow contaminants with a hotter boiling point to evaporate. The evaporated water is allowed to move to a separate container while the impurities remain, removing minerals, viruses, and bacteria from your water.
The type of whole home water treatment system that will work best for you and your family depends on what issues you are experiencing with your well water. At Perry’s Pump Repair, we run comprehensive water testing to ensure that your home’s water is free of contaminants and that your well parts are operating correctly. And, if you experience any of the aforementioned common water issues, we use our expertise to recommend a water treatment system that will effectively solve your water problems.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get your family back to drinking safe, delicious water.