When you turn on your tap and fill up a glass of water you have come to expect the water to be good and safe to drink. And while the water is generally safe, it may not be of the highest quality. There is a chance you’re drinking tap water that has minerals, sodium, and even dirt or chemicals within the water. When water leaves your local purification plant it is at a safe level, but a lot can change between the time it leaves the plant and the time it arrives at your home. Additionally, if you pull water from a local well there are all kinds of variables you’ll need to deal with, all of which can alter the quality of your water.
That is why you need to know and understand the importance of good water quality. To help, here are some pointers in what you should know and how you can go about finding out more about your water quality.
Importance of Good Water Quality
The human body is about 70 percent water. This is one of the main reasons why you need to constantly drink a large amount of water. It also shows the importance of good water quality. If you’re drinking inferior water it means the rest of your body is going to be absorbing this inferior product, which can lead to some health problems.
Several health-related illnesses and even outbreaks can come to tainted water. Issues such as shigellosis, hepatitis A, and intestinal issues may all stem from problems with the water. And, even though those sound bad, there are even worse health conditions that can develop due to inferior water.
Because just about every part of your body is made up of water, poor water will result in poor cellular development in these different areas of the body. Tainted water may lead to damage in the blood vessels, and if your blood vessels are damaged it means the rest of your body will suffer. Blood transports energy and oxygen throughout the body, so if the blood cells are damaged it reduces the quality of energy and oxygen directed throughout the rest of the body.
If you have young children the impact of poor water quality can be even more evident. As your children are in their development years it is critical to receive the highest quality nutrition possible. This isn’t just reliant on the quality of food than consuming but also the quality of the water. If the water is tainted with anything from lead to arsenic it can lead to mental development issues, trouble paying attention, and other physical ailments. It’s sad to think your child might suffer from health issues just because they are drinking water, but if the water is bad it will result in all kinds of potential health conditions.
Naturally, when it comes to minerals and potential contaminants within the water you will think of the possible health side effects connected to it. However, it can cause problems with the health of your appliances as well. Even if the water is completely safe to drink, minerals and other deposits within the water may wreak havoc on your washing machine, dishwasher, or other appliances you use with a direct water connection (such as if your fridge has a water line).
Over time, the minerals in your tap water (especially hard water) will begin to cling to just about anything. Think of it like plaque in your body’s arteries and veins. A small amount of plaque might not cause any particular problem. However, slowly but surely, as more and more plaque collects, it increases your susceptibility to a major health issue. The same is true with the appliances in your home. Every time you run the washing machine the hard water will flow through the appliance. Eventually, the appliance will dry out, which leaves a small amount of residue left behind by the sodium, calcium, or other minerals found within the water. If you’ve ever left a glass of water out overnight and the water evaporated but left behind a small trace of minerals, this is what happens inside your appliance, over and over again.
As the minerals begin to collect, the appliances need to strain to accept more water. It also leads to corrosion and even rust. And if there is a corrosion issue within your appliances there is a good chance there is a problem with corrosion within the plumbing of your home as well. All of this will eventually add up to extremely expensive repairs. Thankfully you can avoid these kinds of repairs by understanding the importance of good water quality.
As mentioned above, problems with hard water will not only cause issues with appliances but also with your plumbing. This might cause plumbing to burst or for you to experience a decline in water pressure.
Have Your Water Tested
It doesn’t matter if you pull your water from the city or a local well, it is critical to understand the importance of good water quality. Even if you can’t taste or smell it, there might be impurities within the water that lead to health conditions down the line. And even if the water doesn’t cause health issues hard water can cause the collection of minerals like calcium or sodium within the plumbing and appliances of your house. This, in turn, reduces the lifespan of your appliances and can lead to plumbing problems further down the line. That is why, regardless of where you live, it is important to have your water tested.
With Quality Water of the Carolinas, we are here to help. From testing your water to set up a water filtration that’s right for your needs, we want to make sure you always have quality drinking water in your home. So, whether you have questions about the importance of good water quality or you’re ready to schedule an in-home appointment, give us a call or send us an email at Quality Water of the Carolinas. We’re here for you.