When you shower or wash your hands, your skin comes into prolonged contact not only with tap water, but also any of the contaminants inside of that water. Some of these contaminants, such as the minerals found in hard water, can affect the look, feel and overall health of your skin. Today we’re going to talk about how hard water affects your skin and how installing a water softener can improve your skin’s health!
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 »
There are some water quality issues that are hard to ignore, especially those that affect the taste of your tap water. When your tap water tastes strange, it can be difficult to drink and you might start to worry about whether or not it’s safe to consume. One common complaint about the flavor of tap water is that it tastes metallic. Today we’re going to talk about some water quality issues that can cause your water to taste metallic, the… Read more »
There are many different types of contaminants that show up in New Hampshire’s tap water, and different contaminants interact with our bodies in different ways. For example, some contaminants can be damaging to our immune systems, and exposure to these contaminants can impair our bodies’ ability to fight off illnesses and diseases. Today we’re going to talk about how unfiltered tap water can affect your immune system, the types of people whose immune systems are especially at risk of damage… Read more »
Water is supposed to be a perfectly clear liquid. So when the water that comes out of your taps looks cloudy, it’s natural to wonder whether or not it’s safe to drink. The truth is that cloudy tap water can be caused both by natural processes that are perfectly harmless as well as by contaminants that can impact the safety of your home’s drinking water. Today we’re going to talk about the various reasons why you might have cloudy tap… Read more »
One aspect of water quality that often gets overlooked is how it can affect you in the shower. But when you think about the fact that the shower is when your body is exposed to tap water for 5-10 minutes every day, it’s easy to see how poor water quality might start to take its toll. One of the most obvious examples of this is how certain water contaminants can affect the look, feel and health of your hair. Today… Read more »
Poor water quality isn’t just bad for your health; it can also cause problems for any of the water-using appliances in your home. That’s because the contaminants in your tap water interact with the internal components of many of your appliances, which can cause those devices to malfunction and often shorten their operating lives. One such example of this issue is using a water softener with tap water that contains high levels of chlorine. Today we’re going to talk about… Read more »
Water is used in nearly every single food or beverage that you make at home. As a result, the quality of your home’s tap water can have a direct impact on a wide variety of things that you make in the kitchen on a daily basis. Today we’re going to talk about the effects of cooking with unfiltered tap water and why filtering your home’s water can lead to foods and beverages that are both safer and tastier!
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 »
Water quality is often associated with the water that we use for drinking. If your water contains contaminants, it can negatively affect the health of you and your family. But the effects of poor water quality reach beyond just drinking water. For example, if your home has bad water quality, it can damage your washing machine and the clothes that get washed in the contaminated water. Today we’re going to talk about how water quality affects doing laundry at home… Read more »
Unlike municipal tap water, which is treated and regulated by the EPA, the quality of well water is not monitored by any governmental agency. In addition, well water comes from under the ground, which exposes it to a different set of contaminants than water that comes from surface water supplies. This can leave some homeowners wondering, “Is well water safe to drink?” Today we’re going to talk about the quality issues that well water faces and how you can have… Read more »
If tap water was perfectly pure, you would never have to worry about it flowing through your home’s pipes and being used by your plumbing appliances. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The tap water in many New Hampshire homes contains contaminants that can cause expensive plumbing problems and increase your utility bills. Today we’re going to talk about the plumbing problems that can be brought on by poor water quality and how you can avoid calls to the plumber by… 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!
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 »
You might remember learning about pH levels back in high school chemistry class, but have you ever heard about the effects of pH levels on the water that comes out of your taps at home? Although low pH levels are often overshadowed by other water quality issues like chlorine contamination and hard water, they can be just as problematic. Today we’re going to talk about the risks of tap water with high pH levels and what you can do to… Read more »
The growth of the bottled water industry is one of the strangest trends of the last few decades. Why would people spend money on bottled water when they can get it at home for a tiny fraction of the cost? One of the biggest reasons is that bottled water companies market their products as a healthier alternative to tap water. Today we’re going to investigate this claim by talking about bottled water vs. tap water and how they compare in… Read more »
Although many homes in New Hampshire share similar quality issues, no two homes’ water are the same. There are many different factors that contribute to what kinds of contaminants might be in your water, and the only way to know for sure is to have it tested by a professional. Today we’re going to talk about why it’s important for every homeowner to have their water tested and the two different water testing services offered by McBride’s!
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 »
Here in New Hampshire, 50 percent of homes get their water from a private well while the other 50 percent have water provided to them by their city. As it turns out, the source of a home’s tap water plays a significant role in how it should be treated and tested. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decisions about your home’s water quality, so today we’re going to talk about… Read more »