Water quality can no longer be taken for granted. Here in New Braunfels, a variety of factors can affect how your water tastes, smells, feels and
works in and around your home. Well water quality, possible
contamination, an aging water distribution system, violations of federal
drinking water standards and a home’s plumbing are examples of things
that can affect a home’s water supply. Some water problems may not be as
obvious as others. That’s why testing your water is essential to
determine if water treatment is necessary and which option is right for
Over 85% of the United States has hard water. Many areas around New Braunfels Texas are considered “extremely hard” by the Water Quality Asscociation. Hard water contains dissolved calcium, magnesium and in many cases, iron. Most homes have hard water, whether it is supplied by a private well or a municipality. In many cases, homeowners don’t realize they have hard water or the constant and expensive harm it causes.Dry skin and hair, bathtub ring, spots on glass, silverware and fixtures, dull, dingy clothing, disappointing performance and a shortened life expectancy of water-using appliances are all problems frequently caused by hard water.
Cloudy, murky or grayish water is usually caused by dissolved or
suspended solids. This is also known as “turbidity.” New Braunfels water can become turbid naturally or from land disturbances such as construction,storms and urban runoff. The turbidity of your water can range from low to high. But even if your water looks clear, it could still contain a high level of dissolved solids. That’s why, whether your water is turbid or not, we recommend you have it tested.
Since the 1850s, chlorine has been used as a disinfectant to kill
harmful bacteria in water itself or the pipes that transport it.
Although it has helped end a number of major threats to public health
and is essential at the treatment plant and in the water distribution
system, it is no longer necessary once the water reaches your home.
Though chlorine is vital for stopping the spread of disease, its
benefits come at a price. Chlorine tastes and smells bad. It dries skin
and hair, fades clothes (bleach is made of chlorine), and can dry out
the rubber seals in appliances, shortening their lives.
In its pristine state, water is colorless, tasteless and odorless. So,
if your water tastes or smells funny, you owe it to yourself to find out
why. Earthy or musty taste and odor: These types of complaints are
generally the result of compounds released due to decayed vegetation and
are typically associated with different forms of algae. While not toxic,
they are nonetheless unpleasant and can be offensive at very low
“Rotten egg” smell: Another common source of smelly water is hydrogen
sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless corrosive gas which has the
characteristic odor of rotten eggs. If present in high enough
concentrations, it can leave an unpleasant odor on hair and clothing. It
can also accelerate corrosion of metal parts in appliances.
Metallic taste: As the name implies, a metallic taste to your water
indicates the presence of metals such as iron, copper, manganese or
zinc. Iron and manganese are often naturally occurring and are
predominately found in groundwater. Copper and zinc can come from an
aging water distribution system or the corrosion of copper plumbing and
Water is a natural solvent and given the needed time and conditions, it
will dissolve anything it comes in contact with. That’s why, depending
on where you live, your water can contain iron or manganese which can
cause rusty-orange or black staining. You’ll see the stains on clothes,
fixtures, sinks, tubs, water-using appliances and toilets.
A New Braunfels water softener is essential for your home and family.