What’s Up With My Tap Water? - Wolverine Water Systems

What’s Up With My Tap Water?

Three Signs You May Need a Water Purification System

Clean, pure water should be practically colorless, odorless, and tasteless. So if your home’s water is grabbing your attention with diverse hues, aromas or flavors, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s going on. Here are three signs you may want to consider a water purification system for your home. 

Your Tap Water Smells Bad

If your tap water has any type of smell, it’s usually a sign that something is wrong. If you smell rotten eggs, must or mold, it could be a sign of sulfur, manganese or iron bacteria in your pipes or water supply. 

To make sure you can properly diagnose the problem, it’s a good idea to run a simple at-home water test. Run your tap and fill a glass with water. Take the glass of water away from your sink and let it sit. After a few minutes, swirl it around in the glass and give it a whiff, or a drink. If it smells and tastes fine, the source of the bacteria is likely directly in your sink’s drain or upper plumbing, caused by a build-up of food waste, soap scum or other organic matter. Flushing it a few times with a strong drain cleaner should help alleviate the odor. 

If the smell persists, the issue is likely deeper in your water supply lines or source. An under-sink reverse osmosis system will help you purify the water flowing from your kitchen tap. If you notice the same smell coming from other faucets in your home, you’ll want to consider a whole-home system, such as our Iron Breaker w/Ozone whole home system. 

Something Is Off About the Taste

If you notice a metallic, earthly or chlorinated flavor, your tap water has likely experienced some level of contamination. The exact cause depends on a number of factors, including whether you have well water or municipal water

But no matter where the bad taste comes from, the easiest way to eliminate it is to purify your home’s water before it starts running through the tap. Get an under-sink reverse osmosis system to improve the drinking water in your kitchen. If the bad taste is accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms, such as a bad smell or discoloration, it’s time to consider a whole-home system. 

You Notice Color Issues

If you have well water and see red, brown or yellow water flowing from your tap, it could be a sign that you have iron in your water. While not hazardous to your health, it is off-putting and, if not managed, can cause damage to your plumbing, appliances, fixtures. 

Since red water impacts every faucet in your home, the best course of action is a whole home treatment system. Wolverine Water offers a number of water systems that are specifically designed for this common water issue. Try our Iron Breaker with Ozone system, our Blue Line whole home water system, or our Arsenic Removal w/Ozone whole home water system (tackles red water alongside arsenic, another common contaminant of wells). 

There’s Crusty Build-Up on Your Fixtures 

Do you have a white film or mineral deposits on your faucets, showerheads and toilet? That’s calcium and limescale buildup from hard water. Hard water is full of extra minerals, like calcium and magnesium. While it’s technically safe to drink, clean and wash with, these extra minerals can lead to costly problems. Not only does it look gross, but it’s a huge pain to scrub away, often requiring a lengthy soak in a descaling solution (and a lot of elbow grease). While you can eventually get your faucets to sparkle again, hard water also wreaks havoc where you can’t see – on your home’s plumbing systems. 

The best way to prevent hard water mineral damage is to make sure purified water is running through your home’s pipes, fixtures and appliances. Our Wolverine Water team can run a fast in-home water test to identify the exact minerals impacting your home’s water. Then, we can create a customized whole home system to help address these challenges. 

Ready to take the next step? Schedule a FREE in-home water test today to get started.

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