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Worried About Your Home's Water Quality? Tips For You

by April Carlson

You always want to feel as if you can be safe and healthy in your home. After all, your home is your sanctuary away from the rest of the world and is the space where you want to be able to relax and just be rather than have to constantly worry about every little thing. The problem is that sometimes it is aspects of your home that cause you the most worry. If you are concerned about the water supply in your home, for example, you may wonder what you can and should do to improve the quality of the water in your home and feel better about using and consuming your water. Get to know some of the ways that you can better understand and control the quality of the water in your home so you can rest easier and feel more as if your home is your relaxing oasis again.

Read the Annual Report from Your Water Company or Local Government

Your water company and/or your local government offices are required to keep track of the quality of drinking water and tap water in the area. Because of that, one of the first steps you will want to take is to read the annual report of their findings. These reports will offer a great deal of information about your water supply.

You will learn where your water originates, the amounts of various minerals and chemical elements in your water, the fluoride levels of your water, and even the amounts of waste, prescription medications, and other potential contaminants in the water. The report will also list the pH levels of the water and could even indicate if the water is hard or soft in your city or area. This will give you baseline information about the quality of the water supply before it even gets to your house.

Purchase and Use a Water Testing Kit

While knowing the general quality of the water supply to your home does make a difference, you will also want to know about the water in your house specifically. Your pipes could potentially cause more metals to be in your water or otherwise contaminate it (among other possible issues). Purchase a water testing kit for your home and test your water.

Generally, this involves using several paper strips that you dip in your running tap water. Each strip will test for something different, like the pH level, bacteria levels, mineral levels, and pesticides and other contaminants to give you an idea of the differences between the quality of the water supply in general and the specific quality of the water in your home. 

Put in a Whole House Water Treatment System or Make Other Adjustments

Once you have all of this information, you can decide what to do about your home's water supply. If your water is of significantly lower quality than as stated in the water treatment report you read, you may need to have your pipes and plumbing fixtures cleaned and/or replaced to see if that will help the situation.

However, if you also are not comfortable with the overall quality of your water supply, you could have a whole house water treatment or water filtration system installed. This will allow you to have more control over the substances in your water and give you better peace of mind about using and drinking the water from your tap.

Using these tips, you can be sure that you know your home's water quality and always have control over it so that you can feel safe and comfortable in your home.

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