Testing for Common Contaminants
Most of us still rely on tap water for cooking, drinking, and cleaning. We trust that our drinking water supply is safe and won’t make us sick. However, if you’ve noticed that you have odd-tasting water or water that looks a little too yellow to be good for you, you may need to test your water quality.
The city water system doesn’t produce completely sterile water, and there are still plenty of particles in your drinking water. The city does test for levels of these contaminants to make sure they’re within safe limits that won’t make you sick. However, sometimes the city’s water treatment plants get overwhelmed, and you may notice the quality of tap water is worse than usual.
Our water quality testing analysis looks for common and harmful contaminants, including:
We also measure the pH of the water to ensure it’s not too acidic or basic. Most of these contaminants won’t affect your health, but they can affect the taste and look of your drinking water. If your water quality is poor, we may recommend a water filter system to suit your needs.
Signs of Hard Water
Depending on where you live in Massachusetts, you may have hard water. Hard water contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium and can cause issues with your plumbing and appliances. Areas supplied by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) get soft water, but other areas in Boston, Cambridge, and Worcester have much harder water.
The minerals in hard water make it difficult for soap to create suds, impacting its cleaning ability. Dishes washed in hard water have white spots and don’t look sparkling clean, clothes start to look gray, and you don’t feel clean after a shower.
Hard water can also affect the lifespan of your plumbing and appliances. Calcium and magnesium will form hard deposits on your washing machine, kettle, bath, dishwasher, and faucets around the home. Called “scale,” these deposits can even start clogging your pipes, leading to a higher risk of leaks.
Unfortunately, traditional house filtration systems remove only particles and don’t affect water hardness. You’ll have to get a dedicated water softener to reduce the impact of hard water. Luckily, these water softeners attach directly to your water supply and are easy to maintain.
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If you’re worried about your water quality, don’t resort to only drinking bottled water. We have plenty of more cost-effective solutions available. Every household is different, and we do our best to match the water filtration system to your particular needs.
The two main types of water filter systems we offer are point-of-use systems and whole-house water filtration solutions.
Point-of-use systems filter water from one water source, like a kitchen faucet or in the bathroom. These systems are excellent if you want high-quality drinking water and are OK using tap water for cleaning.
The most common type of filter we use for point-of-use systems is a reverse osmosis system. This method removes almost all contaminants from the water, leaving it pure and great-tasting.
You may think that using a water pitcher with activated carbon filters is enough to improve your drinking water. Pitchers are slow and time-consuming, and replacing filters can become expensive. A reverse osmosis system on your primary drinking faucet will dramatically improve your water quality while being much more cost-effective and useful.
Whole-House Water Filtration System
If you’re concerned about your overall water quality, a whole-home water filtration system may be a better option. These systems provide you with large quantities of clean water, and you can get amazing tasting filtered water from every faucet.
Whole-house filtration systems use activated carbon filters to remove all harmful contaminants and odors, along with chemicals that can affect water taste. A whole-house water filtration system filters all your incoming water before sending it into your home.
These systems plug into your plumbing, so you need to work with an expert plumber to avoid potential problems. We’ll ensure a seamless fit so that you don’t run into leaks, low water pressure, or other signs of a poor-quality water filter installation.
Work with the Best
While Boston has good water quality, you can still want something better. At Trust 1 Services, we work with homeowners to provide you with a solution that fits your needs and budget. Whether you want better-tasting water or need a whole-home water filtration solution, we’re here for you.
Our highly skilled, qualified plumbers will manage the project from start to finish. We’ll conduct a water quality assay to ensure that a water filtration system is the right choice for your home, and we’ll advise which system works best for you. Once you’ve made your decision, we’ll make sure our installation is perfect before we leave.