Water is the universal solvent. This means it absorbs a little of almost everything it makes contact with. Unfortunately, this results in several issues that can be detrimental to your home and your health.
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Hard Water is the result of water absorbing calcium and magnesium from limestone, chalk or marble deposits. Hard water is not a health concern, and is very common. Indications of hard water include: white marks; stains and scale on sinks, baths, toilet bowls and around the base of taps; blocked showerheads, and scale deposits on kettles.
Iron (Causing Bad Taste & Odor, Rust Stains)
Iron is one of the most common contaminants in well water. Iron is not a health concern at levels encountered in normal drinking water. Higher concentrations of iron can cause an objectionable metallic taste and orange or rust-colored staining of sinks, toilet, bathtubs and clothes.
Water with a low pH level (potential of Hydrogen) is considered acid water. Water with a low pH can cause damage to sinks, faucets, hot water tanks, drainage and supply lines. These problems can cause extensive repair costs or replacement. Pitting on plumbing fixtures usually indicates low pH.
Sulfur (Causing Bad Taste & Odor)
Sulfur is a colorless gas which causes damage to plumbing and gives off an offensive, “rotten egg” odor.
When Chlorine mixes with organics in water, trihalomethanes (THMs) are formed. THMs are reportedly cancer-causing agents. Substantial amounts of chlorine are not appropriate for inside home and drinking use.
It is important to note that everyone’s water supply can be different. for a complete analysis of your water supply. The advanced design of the Watermax® allows Down East Clean Water to customize the WaterMax® to your specific needs.
Arsenic (As) is a natural element found in the Earth’s crust. Some areas of New Brunswick have a greater potential for elevated arsenic levels in drinking water. The presence of arsenic in well water depends on the rock and soil type in the area. The most common source of arsenic in groundwater is through erosion and weathering of soils, minerals, and ores. Industrial effluents and pesticide runoff may also contribute arsenic to water in some areas. In water, arsenic has no taste, smell, or colour. It can only be detected through a chemical test. The Canadian drinking water quality guideline for arsenic is 0.01milligrams per litre (mg/L).
Health risks Short-term exposure (over days or weeks) to high levels of arsenic in drinking water can result in nausea, diarrhea, and muscle pain. Long-term exposure (over years or decades) to low levels of arsenic in drinking water may cause certain types of cancer. The risk to human health is through ingestion only-drinking, cooking, teeth brushing. Well water with arsenic levels greater than 0.01 mg/L can safely be used for bathing, handwashing, dishwashing, and watering a garden.