All tap water comes from some body of water outdoors, whether that’s a lake, a river or an underground water supply. When it rains, those water supplies can be contaminated by the rainwater that flows into them. This rainwater is known as storm runoff, and it can be a major source of water quality issues in your home. Today we’re going to talk about how storm runoff affects water quality, the types of contaminants that are picked up by storm… Read more »
One of the problems with getting your water from a private well is that the water is susceptible to contamination from any of the elements that are present in the ground where the well is dug. Manganese, for example, shows up naturally underground and is often found in elevated concentrations in well water. Today we’re going to focus on this particular contaminant by talking about what manganese is, the effects it has on your drinking water and your home and… Read more »
Tap water can get contaminated in a number of different ways. Sometimes contaminants originate in the source water itself, while other times they can infiltrate water supplies due to outside forces. One example of a contaminant that falls into the latter category is nitrates. Today we’re going to talk about what nitrates are, how they get into your drinking water, the health effects they can cause and what you can do to remove them from your home’s tap water!
The effects of poor water quality can reach much farther than you might first expect. Sure, many contaminants are harmful on their own, but some quality issues can kick off a domino effect of other problems that can be damaging to your health and your home. One example of this is having corrosive tap water, which is the number one cause of copper contamination in New Hampshire water supplies. Today we’re going to talk about how copper sneaks into tap… Read more »
Clean water is not supposed to give off any particular smells. So if the water that comes out of the taps in your New Hampshire home has a strange odor, that’s an almost certain indication that it suffers from some sort of quality issue. Some odors simply make it difficult to drink your water, while others can mean that your water contains contaminants that can affect the health of you and your family. Today we’re going to talk about the… Read more »
When you start to look into all of the types of contaminants that can show up in the average glass of tap water, you’ll be surprised at what you find. Sure, there are contaminants you’d expect to find like chlorine and hardness minerals, but you’ll also find some strange things like pharmaceutical drugs. The effects of having these drugs in our drinking water are largely unknown, which is sometimes even more worrisome than having a good understanding of a contaminant’s… Read more »
There are two broad categories of water contaminants: those that are suspended in water and those that are dissolved in water. Many of the suspended water contaminants are visible to the naked eye and can be removed by sediment filters. Dissolved contaminants, on the other hand, are much smaller and are often hard to detect. That’s why dissolved contaminants are grouped into a category called “total dissolved solids.” Today we’re going to talk about what total dissolved solids are, the… Read more »
Fluoride in drinking water is a controversial subject. Whereas some people believe that the mineral is perfectly safe (and even beneficial) to consume, others are convinced that exposure to too much fluoride can have serious consequences on a person’s health. Either way, it’s important for people to know why the mineral is in their drinking water and what options they have to remove it if they choose to. Today we’re going to talk about what fluoride is, the potential health… Read more »
One of the worst things about having hard water in your home is that it can wreak havoc in all sorts of different places. In fact, any pipe, appliance or surface in your home that comes into contact with hard water is at risk of damage. One appliance that is notoriously affected by hard water is your water heater. Today we’re going to talk about the effects that hard water can have on the performance and efficiency of your water… Read more »
Lead is one of the most dangerous contaminants that can be found in the water in New Hampshire homes. The metal can affect your health even at small doses, and it is especially problematic for young children and infants. We want to ensure you have all the information you need about protecting your family from lead-contaminated drinking water, so today we’re going to talk about how lead gets into tap water, the health effects that it can cause and what… Read more »
Out of all of the different contaminants that can affect the quality of your tap water, E. coli is one of the most talked-about. If you ever see a news story about a “boil-water advisory” in a town, more often than not the reason for the advisory is that E. coli was found in the water supplies. E. coli can be a very dangerous contaminant, so we want to keep you informed on where it comes from and how you… Read more »
One of the great things about water filtration systems is that they can benefit different rooms in your home in different ways. Your kitchen, in particular, is one room that can experience a wide-variety of benefits from adding a water filtration system. Today we’re going to talk about why it’s important to filter the water in your kitchen, what improvements you can expect by filtering your kitchen water and which types of water systems are best for your kitchen!
The more you learn about the types contaminants that are commonly found in tap water, the more you’ll realize that water quality isn’t just about your health. In fact, there are some water contaminants that have virtually no health consequences when you consume them, but they can cause all kinds of other annoying problems. One such problem is when your tap water creates stains of various colors around your home. Today we’re going to focus on this issue by talking… Read more »
One of the most common complaints we hear from people who get their water from private wells is that their tap water smells like rotten eggs. This problem, which occurs much more often in well water than in city water, can make it hard to drink a glass of water and causes some homeowners to worry about the health of their water at home. Today we’re going to help explain this common phenomenon and ease some concerns that you might… Read more »
There are many reasons why people choose to install water filtration systems in their homes, but one of the most common reasons is that they want to improve the taste of their water. We all know how healthy it is to drink water on a daily basis, but it is much more difficult to drink a lot of water when the water that comes out of your taps has an offensive taste. Today we’re going to talk about what types… Read more »
Hard water is one of the most common water quality issues in New Hampshire. Although hard water is not a health hazard like some other water contaminants, it can cause all sorts of problems in your home. These problems extend everywhere from your kitchen to your bathroom to your laundry room and more. Today we’re going to talk about the effects of hard water in your home and how installing a water softener can defend against them!
Given the fact that approximately 50 percent of New Hampshire residents get their water from a private well, it’s important for homeowners in our area to know about the potential issues that often plague well water. By far, one of the most commonly found contaminants in well water is iron. Today we’re going to talk about how iron gets into well water, the effects of water with high levels of iron and what you can do to remove iron from… Read more »
Over the past few years, an increasing amount of attention has been paid to the levels of arsenic in our nation’s drinking water. Although low-level exposure to the contaminant used to be considered relatively harmless, new research has shown that long-term exposure to low levels of arsenic can be the cause of a variety of chronic and life-threatening diseases. In order to shed some light on this growing concern, today we’re going to talk about how arsenic gets into New… Read more »
Whether or not you realize it, you’ve likely consumed water that contains chlorine, chloramine or a combination of both of them. That’s because chlorine and chloramine are the two disinfectants that are most commonly used by water treatment plants across the country. Although these chemicals are effective at what they do, they are still chemicals and they are not entirely free of consequences. Today we’re going to talk about why chlorine and chloramine are added to water, the health effects… Read more »
Hard water is one of the most common water quality problems found in homes all across the country. In fact, according to a study performed by the U.S. Geological Survey, approximately 85 percent of homes in the United States have water that is considered hard. Given that this problem is so pervasive, you’re probably interested in knowing whether or not it’s an issue in your home. Today we’re going to help you figure that out by talking about what hard… Read more »
Radon contamination is one of the biggest water quality issues that we face here in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the contaminants that poses the biggest health risks to the people who are exposed to it. If your home’s water contains high levels of radon, it’s important to filter it out so that your home’s indoor environment can be safe. Today we’re going to help you do that by talking about how to remove radon from your water!