Water Treatment & Water Testing in Fredericton, New Brunswick

When it comes to the quality of water in your home nothing is more important. Having clean healthy water for your family to drink, cook and bathe with is imperative to maintaining a healthy living environment. There are many different causes of poor water quality, most are easily identified by a simple water test and solutions to these issues can vary depending on the severity of the problem.

Hardness

Hard water is a result of water absorbing calcium and magnesium from limestone, chalk or marble deposits. Hard water is not a health concern, and is very common but it can reduce the lifespan of your fixtures. Indications of hard water can include:

  • White Marks on fixtures
  • Staining and Scaling on sinks, baths, toilet bowls and around the base of taps.
  • Blocked showerheads
  • Scale deposits on kettles

Iron

Iron is one of the most common contaminants in well water. Iron is not a health concern at levels encountered in normal drinking water, however higher concentrations of iron can cause issues such as a metallic taste and orange or rust colored staining of sinks, toilets, bathtubs and clothes.

pH

When the pH level in water drops it is considered acid water.  Water with a low pH level (or potential for Hydrogen level) can cause damage to sinks, faucets, hot water tanks, drainage and supply lines. These problems can cause extensive repair costs of replacement. Pitting on plumbing fixtures can be a sign of a low pH level.

Sulfur

Sulfur is a colorless gas which can cause damage to plumbing and gives off an offensive odor normally compared to rotten eggs. In low levels sulfur is not a health risk however due to the poor smell and taste of water containing higher levels of sulfur it can make the water unusable.

Chlorine

When chlorine mixes with organics in water, trihalomethanes (THMs) are formed. THMs are reportedly cancer causing agents. Substantial amounts of chlorine are not appropriate for inside home and drinking use.