Water filtration systems have become popular in recent years as people have become more aware of environmental practices that could be contaminating groundwater, which then enters the home as drinking water. While some of these water-related problems are more of a nuisance than anything, some may be quite dangerous to your health. Here are 5 of the most common water-related problems.
Hard water is one of these water-related problems that is more of a nuisance than a health hazard, but it can become a serious nuisance. Hard water causes a white film on sinks, dishes, and tubs that can be extremely difficult to remove. Additionally, if left unchecked, it can cause premature water heater and plumbing fixture failure because of scale buildup. Hard water is caused by calcium and magnesium in the water but can easily be removed by a water softener.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas in soil and rock that can move into the air and water. High concentrations of radon in the air and drinking water can increase the likelihood of lung cancer. Radon can be removed from drinking water using aeration or carbon filtration systems.
Arsenic is another naturally occurring element, but it is a semimetal rather than a gas. High concentrations of arsenic can cause serious health problems like skin, lung, liver, and bladder cancer. It can also cause heart and blood vessel problems. Arsenic can be removed from your water using reverse osmosis or carbon filter filtration systems.
Many people complain of bad-tasting water. This is often due to chloride that has dissolved into the water from industrial practices or road salt. Metallic tasting water may be due to manganese in the water. Reverse osmosis and water softeners can take care of this problem.
Sulfides in the water can cause the water to sometimes smell like rotten eggs. Fortunately, this problem can be addressed using an oxidizing filter, carbon filtration, or shock chlorination.