Monday, May 6th, 2019
Despite its reputation for crisp, mountain springs and majestic stream-fed lakes, the water supplies in many areas of upstate New York contain a range of sediment that can be extremely tough on plumbing, and in some cases, even your health. Water heaters are especially sensitive to water quality, with hard, mineral-filled water often cutting the lives of NY area water heaters prematurely short.
What follows is some general information on the types of sediment and other contaminants that may be impacting your upstate NY water quality, as well as some things you can do to improve the water supply in your home.
The chalky, brittle buildup you see on faucets, showerheads and other plumbing fixtures is generally caused by what is known as “hard water.” This is a common condition in NY state, in which dissolved calcium, magnesium and even iron may be present in the water. Both municipal water supplies and private wells suffer from this issue. It can cause dry skin and hair, bathtub rings, spots on glass, silverware and fixtures, dull clothing, and poor performance and life expectancy of affected appliances.
Water supplies may also contain iron or manganese, which can dissolve in water and cause rusty/orange or black stains. You’ll see these stains on your clothes, fixtures, sinks, tubs, appliances, and toilets.
You may notice an odd smell or taste to your water. This is likely caused by something present in the water supply. Common complaints include:
Murky, cloudy or grayish water is typically caused by dissolved or suspended solids, also called “turbidity.” Water can become turbid naturally, or from disturbances like construction, storms and runoff. Even if your water looks clear, it may still contain a high level of dissolved solids. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have your water tested.
Low pH in the water causes textbook blue-green stains. The stains are most obvious on white surfaces like sinks, tubs and showers, toilets and sometimes, even white clothing.
There are several options available to property owners looking to combat their water quality issues. Some of the devices you can purchase (and have a qualified plumber like Empire State Plumbing install) for better water quality include:
***Is poor water quality getting you down? Have mineral deposits ruined your water heater? If you have any questions or would like the help of a professional in Albany and the Capital Region, call us or contact us online and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for an inspection. We’re the Albany area’s plumbing experts!
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