Do you ever wonder what's in your water? You bath, drink, wash dishes and clothes with it and understanding what is in it can be vital to your health and the functionality and longevity of your plumbing fixtures and equipment (water heater, boiler, etc..). We now offer water testing, treatment and filtration services. You have the option of testing for hardness, lead, chlorine and bacteria.
Q: What is hardness or hard water and how does it affect me?
A: Hard water is the result of minerals such as calcium and magnesium dissolving in water and can be an inconvenience and burden on your plumbing system when high in content. It can lead to problems such as:
•Stains in sinks, bathtubs, showers, etc..
•Fixtures breaking down due to deposits inside of them or the piping feeding them.
•Staining of clothes during wash cycles.
Most homes in Massachusetts are typically in the "safe zone" when it comes to hard water but some towns/cities such as Cambridge which is notorious for high levels.
Q: Do I have to worry about lead in my water?
A: Lead water mains were usually installed in homes built before 1940 however it wasn't until 1989 that the many older copper plumbing systems were joined with a 50/50 lead solder.
•Lead mains are usually a dull grey color and you can use a key or quarter to carefully scratch the pipe exposing a bright silver color. Lead solder is more difficult to identify as it looks similar to the 95/5 solder used today.
•If you have a lead main or lead solder joints run the water if it has been sitting for several hours (until it turns cold) at the tap before drinking or cooking with the water.
•Never use HOT water for consumption as it typically contains higher levels than cold water. Boiling water will not reduce levels of lead but actually help increase them.
Q: What does a water filtration or treatment system cost?
A: Pending what is found in your water pricing can range and some homes may not even need a system. Contact us today to schedule a visit for us to collect a sample and have a test done.