7 Ways to Solve Water Quality Problems in Your Home

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It’s not always easy to keep your water quality clean, especially if you live in an older home that

might have lead pipes or other contaminants. Many people don’t know what they can do

to improve the quality of their water and protect themselves and their families from pollutants

like lead, arsenic, and other chemicals. Fortunately, there are ways to solve this problem without

breaking the bank or adding an excessive amount of time to your daily routine. Here are seven

solutions to help you get started improving your water quality today!

1) Understanding water quality testing


You’re looking for a very specific value when it comes to water testing. If you’re using well water,

you want your total dissolved solids (TDS) content to be below 500 parts per million (ppm).

This is an arbitrary number, but a TDS reading above 500 ppm may indicate higher concentrations

of minerals like magnesium and calcium, which can lead to discoloration and other problems with

taste and smell. However, don’t immediately panic if your numbers are above 500ppm. First, consider trying out different locations for your water source; certain spots in your yard will yield better results

than others.

2) Fixing water leaks

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Did you know that fixing a leaky faucet can save up to 3,000 gallons of water each year? It’s true,

and that’s just one leaky faucet! Checking all your pipes for leaks is important if you want to fix water quality problems. Additionally, don’t underestimate how fast a simple toilet flush can use up hundreds

of gallons of water every year. without breaking the bank, schedule

regular plumbing maintenance checks (especially during peak seasons) with a trusted plumber.

3) Improving indoor air quality

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Is your home air as healthy as it can be? Indoor air can be two to five times more polluted

than outdoor air. Some of that is due to home furnishings and other factors, but a lot of it has

to do with water. To reduce indoor water pollution and keep your family safe, follow these tips for improving indoor air quality: First off, improve your toilet system. Old toilets can release up to 400

gallons of water per day into your septic system.

4) Preventing mold


Although it’s easy to point fingers and place blame, taking responsibility for problems in your

home starts with you. Since testing water quality isn’t a familiar practice for most homeowners,

take a few minutes today to learn about simple water-quality tests that you can do on your own.

There are several types of tests you can perform at home; all will help ensure that your drinking

water is safe and healthy. Don’t know where to start? We’ll provide an overview of some basic

Tests that can be performed at home using supplies commonly found around the house, such as

pH strips, litmus paper, and bottles of household chemicals like bleach or ammonia. If you get

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5) Removing contaminants from well water


If you have a well, then your water is probably safe to drink; but it might still smell and

taste funky. The solution? Buy a whole-house water filter that connects directly to your

plumbing system. While some filters can eliminate bacteria, heavy metals, and fluoride,

others don’t do anything more than remove dirt and sediment—the main concern for

good owners. Make sure you read customer reviews before buying a filter so you know

what each one does. For example, if iron is an issue for you (it often is) look for something

that specifically removes iron from water instead of claiming to reduce pipe corrosion. If

you want to go a step further, install a reverse osmosis unit that goes right on your faucet’s

spigot.

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6) Treating hard water

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Most of us have no idea what’s in our water supply—even if we live right next to a municipal

treatment plant. In fact, drinking hard water can cause health problems and keep you from

reaping full benefits from your shampoos and body washes. How? Hard water contains

magnesium and calcium that react with soaps and detergents, preventing them from dissolving

properly. This results in residue on your hair, skin, or clothing—the buildup may also prevent soap

from lathering.

7) Taking responsibility for your actions

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Dealing with water quality problems at home is frustrating, and it seems like there should be

an easy solution. But part of taking responsibility for your actions means accepting that not

everything can be solved immediately, or even by you. If you suspect there’s a major issue with

your water, bring in professionals who are trained to detect and solve these issues. Otherwise,

consider these smaller ways you can address water quality issues in your home

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