Whether you have well water or city water, it is a good idea to have your water tested periodically for your family’s peace of mind. Besides never having a water test, here are five other times to get your water tested.

1. After moving to a new house

If you have recently moved to a new house, now is a good time to get a water test. Chances are it was not part of your home inspection, and you had a lot on your mind during the moving process. A water test only takes a few minutes, but it will be time well spent to give you peace of mind and the water quality that your family is used to. Even if you have city water, you will still want to make sure to have it tested just to be aware of what is in your water.

2. Changes to the smell, taste or look of your water

  • 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. They are most prevalent in supplies that use surface water as their supply. While not toxic, they are nonetheless unpleasant and can be offensive at very low concentrations.

  • “Rotten egg” smell

Hydrogen sulfide gas (commonly referred to as “sulfur”) is a contaminant that we find regularly in well water. Sulfur can make water smell and taste terrible. It results from decaying organic matter, and is one of the well water contaminants that homeowners fear most. The good news is with modern technology sulfur can be effectively removed from your water.

Sulfur gas is corrosive. The gases, when released from the water, tend to cause damage to copper plumbing, jewelry, HVAC components, and electronic devices. Because hydrogen sulfide is a gas, it is imperative that the water is tested at its source.

  • 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 predominantly found in groundwater. Copper and zinc can come from an aging water distribution system or the corrosion of copper plumbing and brass fittings.

3. Water-using appliances burn out or collect residue

The most prominent corrosive element that can cause “creep corrosion” in appliances is sulfur. Sulfur is part of a group of elements that are called chalcogens or “ore-forming.” It can negatively impact appliances such as coffee makers, ice makers, dishwashers, washers and garbage disposals by causing the need for repairs and replacement more frequently. This cost you more money over time. Tests have been done and it has been found that electronics that are in a high sulfur environment fail much quicker, sometimes within 2-4 months than those that are not in this environment.

4. Utility bills are climbing without explanation

Hard water can cause a mineral buildup in your hot water heater, making your burners (gas) or heating element (electric) have to work harder to heat the water. This, in turn, will increase your cost of operation. A simple water test can help you determine the problem and help reduce some of your utility costs.

5. Fixtures have mineral buildup or run slowly

Hard water is usually the culprit of mineral buildup or slow running fixtures. A buildup of lime and calcium will cause a white, crusty residue to accumulate around faucets and fixtures when hard water is present. Over time, you will have to spend additional time and effort cleaning these fixtures or you will notice a decrease in water pressure.

The water experts at Peacock Water offer free, no-obligation water analysis. Contact us today, if the time is right for you. We’ll schedule your test and help you determine the right solutions to help you love your water!