Perhaps the most basic aspect of our existence is the need for water. Water provides a basis for nearly all life, and people are no exception. However, not all water is created equal. Millions of Americans don’t have access to clean drinking water, a devastating problem in the richest country on Earth.
Often, people aren’t even aware of how not having clean water can affect their home and health. In the latest Sun Tech blog, we discuss how poor water quality adversely affects you!
What Is Bad Water, Anyway?
Bad, sub-par water comes in many different forms and isn’t always easy to spot. In fact, most of the time, water won’t look very different from clean water.
The properties that sub-par water can often give off are:
- Brown, blue, or green stains on dishes and glasses
- Weird/rotten odors
- White build-up
- Cloudy water
- Metallic taste
Hard water is one of the most common issues that people will typically have, a topic that we’ve addressed in detail in a previous blog. Hard water, in basic terms, is water that has a high mineral content. These minerals are most often calcium and magnesium but can include other minerals as well. Hard water is usually spotted from stains on cups and bowls after washing.
The truth is that there are many types of contaminated water, all of which we test for. Some of those water issues include:
- Hydrogen Sulfide
- Total dissolved solids (TDS)
But why are these issues with water so important?
The Consequences of Bad Water
Contaminated and sub-par water is intuitively not a good thing, but how exactly does bad water affect you? After all, the human body is made to handle all types of stress and toxins—why is contaminated water any different?
The effects of contaminated or poor water are based on the type of water. For example, hard water can mess up the mineral imbalance in the blood, which can lead to a cascading health effect. Hard water also can do a number on your pipes and faucets, causing water pressure to decline.
One major issue that has gained national attention in the last few years is lead contamination, which has been linked to neurological problems in children and adults. Lead-contaminated water has been a problem for decades, but was thrust back into the public consciousness because of Flint, Michigan.
Other extremely dangerous substances and compounds that can be found in water includes arsenic, trihalomethanes (THMs), pesticides that seep into wells, and much more. Some of these contaminants can be noticed by the senses, but others may not be. This is why testing is so crucial; you may be using dangerous water and not even be aware.
Unfortunately, even as the issue of clean water has been addressed, the problem has only gotten worse. Globally, people have less and less access to clean water, largely due to environmental decline and ever-increasing freshwater use. So now, more than ever, quality water testing and filtration is a must.
How You Can Protect Yourself From Bad Water
So now you know that there a many types and signs of bad/contaminated water, but how do you protect yourself against such an issue? As stated above, the solution lies in testing and filtration. Homeowners and business owners alike simply do not have their water tested enough, which could increase the likelihood of unknowingly taking in contaminants.
You should have your water tested at least once a year to check up on the quality of your water. In many areas of America, you are legally recognized to have the right to clean water. If studies show that your water isn’t of a certain level, the government has to help fix the issue in many places.
You can also take steps to go through a private entity like Sun Tech Services, where we combine water testing and filtration technology to provide clean water to our residential and commercial clients. With Sun Tech Services, you can be sure that your water will be well-tested and filtered for your health.
Choose Sun Tech Services For Clean, Consistent Water!
Sun Tech Services is proud to serve El Paso with the clean water services that residents and businesses need. If you feel that you are in need of water filtration and testing services, don’t hesitate to give us a call and learn more about our services!