Clean water is an essential part of daily life. If you’re noticing that the water that comes out of your faucet isn’t tasting quite as fresh as you’d like, you might be wondering how on earth that sort of problem could happen. After all, don’t you get water from a supply that’s always safe and clean?
While the water that comes out of the pipe might be safe to drink, there are a number of reasons you could be experiencing a funny taste. Use this guide to learn more about your water’s strange flavor and how you may be able to fix it.
Chlorine is commonly used to disinfect a city’s water supply, and while you shouldn’t taste it by the time it gets to your home, some people may notice trace amounts. Though it isn’t harmful in small doses, chlorine can be off-putting enough that it can make drinking the water from your tap feel like a chore.
Over time, copper and galvanized water pipes can corrode, leaving your water to have a bit of a metallic taste. While small amounts of these metals may not hurt you, it can be hard to judge for yourself what is safe, so fixing this problem right away is always best.
If you have corroded pipes, you’ll often notice that your water is staining fixtures. Copper in the water may lead to a greenish tint in your hair and even green stains around sink, shower and bath drains.
Water that has a strong or slightly salty flavor often tastes that way because of chloride compounds that can be found in many municipal water supplies. While these compounds are not harmful for most people, they can be problematic for individuals on very low sodium diets.
Much more common in rural areas where wells are used, sulfurous water can be very difficult to drink. In fact, many people say that it tastes like rotten eggs – which isn’t exactly a pleasant way to cool down when you’re hot!
Sulfur in water is often related to a decay of vegetation somewhere in your water lines. Checking your pipe access points or dredging a well is a wise choice to help you remedy this problematic water situation.
Water that has a sweet taste may contain lead, which can be very dangerous for children and adults to drink. This is typically a problem with the main water supply in your area and should be reported right way.
If you think you may have lead in your water, avoid drinking it until lead levels have been checked by local authorities and have been determined safe.
A taste that’s somewhat earthy is often related to a bit of algae in your water. Algae is naturally occurring in most water supplies and won’t hurt you, and while most municipalities filter it out, some can still get through.
How Do I Fix It?
If you find that your water has a taste that you don’t like, whole-home or individual faucet purification systems can help you obtain cleaner tasting water. These are especially useful if you’re dealing with chlorine, salt or algae.
If you have corroded pipes or a problem with your water supply, you’ll need to remedy those problems to have safe, clean drinking water at home.
Your drinking water should taste clean and fresh, not like chemicals or elements that shouldn’t be there. Reach out to Bill Fenwick Plumbing to learn more about why your drinking water may taste funny and how we can help you fix it.