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4 Contaminants to Watch for in Your Water

Most people assume that the water flowing from their taps is naturally safe, but there are many contaminants that can linger unseen, causing harm to your home or health. Watch out for these hazards in your Sarasota, Florida, water and take action quickly if you notice something is amiss.

Iron and Manganese

Does your water leave an orange or brown ring around the tub and sink drains? This is a sign of high levels of iron and manganese, which come from the groundwater. Installing a filter for any water that you’ll drink is the best solution.

Legionella

Legionella is a type of bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal condition known as Legionnaires’ disease. This bacteria is most commonly found in poorly maintained water heaters. It thrives in temperatures between 90 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit, though it can survive at anything between 68 and 122 degrees. If iron and scale are also present, this will speed development. Schedule regular maintenance for water heaters and keep them above 122 degrees to prevent Legionella growth.

Calcium and Magnesium

If your water is grayish in color, leaves scale in your teapots, and doesn’t produce good suds with soap, it’s probably “hard water.” This means it has high levels of magnesium and calcium. You can solve this problem with an ion exchange water softener, which will replace the magnesium and calcium with potassium or sodium.

Hydrogen Sulfide

The most obvious indicator of hydrogen sulfide in your water is a distinct rotten egg smell. You may also notice greasy black stains left behind. This is caused by certain bacteria in the groundwater. An oxidizing filter is typically the best solution, though an activated carbon filter may do the trick if your problem is very mild.

If you suspect something’s wrong with the water in your home, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715. We can help you diagnose and treat the problem so you and your family can enjoy safe, clean water.

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