What’s the Water Like in Michigan?
Explaining the Most Common Symptoms of Bad Water
If you live in Michigan, you have probably dealt with sub par tap water before. You may not know why it tastes strange or leaves a white scale and/or red stains on your dishes; you simply know it’s not as good as it could be. We highly recommend setting up your Free In-Home Water Test to accurately determine what your home’s water problems and the best solutions.
Whether you are on city water or well water – you may be experiencing some of the Michigan water problems below.
Some of the most common causes of poor city and well water quality in our area include:
- Hard water: Hard water contains minerals of calcium and magnesium that leave deposits on shower doors, faucets, fixtures, and reduce your ability to clean your clothes, wash your dishes, and keep your skin hydrated. Hard water also builds up scale in the plumbing of your home and causes household appliances to wear out faster and water heaters to heat less efficiently. If you see white deposits on your faucets and fixtures, then chances are you’re suffering from hard water. A Gibson Water Softener will solve your hard water problems.
- Iron and Manganese: Are you worried that you have iron in your water and interested in how to remove it through iron removal treatment systems and filtration? Iron and Manganese are found in groundwater in variable amounts. These give a metallic taste to water. Much worse, they stain practically everything they come in contact with. If you have the classic orange brownish or reddish staining in your tubs, toilets and kitchens sink, chances are you are experiencing the effects of iron and manganese. We offer iron removal filters for your well water. We are happy to test your water and can correct this problem if found — an Iron Filter or Gibson Water Softener will eliminate this staining and metallic taste.
- Low pH: pH stands for the potential of hydrogen, and it is a term used to measure the intensity of acidity or alkalinity of water. The pH measurement scale goes from 0 to 14 with seven being the neutral point. A classic sign of having acidic water would be a blue-green stain on white sinks, bathtubs, faucets and fixtures. A Gibson Water Acid Neutralizer Specialty System will treat your water and eliminate these unsightly stains.
- Total Dissolved Solids: (TDS) is the measurement of dissolved solids present in your water. Although TDS is not an indication of water safety it can directly affect the taste and purity of the water. Low TDS means great taste, and the absence of unwanted dissolved minerals and contaminants. If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t duplicate the great taste of your favorite coffee shop at home, TDS is most likely blame. We recommend you have your water tested to determine if a Gibson Drinking/Reverse Osmosis System or Whole House Reverse Osmosis System is the best option.
- Bacteria and Viruses: Bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms have a serious effect on your water. Even in trace amounts, they can change the smell, ruin the taste and make you water unsafe to drink. Water borne illnesses from bacteria like E. coli range from relatively minor (similar to a mild flu), to extremely severe (such as life threatening illness). A Gibson Water Specialty System will be the best solution to eliminate bacteria from your home water.
- Sulfur Gas: Have you noticed a rotten-egg smell to you water? If your well water has the classic rotten egg smell to your it, chances are it derives from the hydrogen sulfide gas contained within your water. Water containing hydrogen sulfide is commonly called sulfur water. We can remove this sulfur smell from your water with our affordable sulfur water filter options. In high concentration the gases are flammable and poisonous. It is corrosive to most metals and it tarnishes silver readily. The distinctive odor associated with hydrogen sulfide is apparent in concentrations as low as 0.5 ppm. Gibson Water Sulfur Filters will eliminate this foul-smelling odor from your water. We are happy to come to your home to do a free water test to determine if indeed you have a problem with sulfur in your water.
- Chlorine: Chlorine is used by municipalities to treat water for unwanted bacteria and viruses. Of course the downfall to this is when the water arrives to your home, you can smell and taste the chlorine. Chlorine can be overwhelming and have drying effects on the skin. Also, chlorine can react with different organic matter, such as humic acid from decaying vegetation in the water to form trihalomethanes, which are known to be unsafe to humans. When the water arrives at your home, there is no need for residual amounts of chlorine to be left behind. The chlorine has done its job by keeping the water safe in transit to your home. Many people prefer to remove the chlorine before using the water. Gibson Water’s Chlorine and Chloramine Reducers will eliminate the chlorine from your water.
No matter what your water problems are, our services can help solve them. Let Gibson Water customize a solution to transform your home water.
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