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Signs You Need a Water Filtration System

water-handsAssuming you get your water from the city in which you live, you probably know that the water in your home goes through a rather extensive water treatment process before it makes its way to you. The effectiveness of the water treatment facility varies from city to city, but most of them are good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials from your water supply. No water treatment is 100% effective, though.

There is always a slight chance that some level of harmful contaminants will make it into your home’s water supply, which is a big problem with things like lead, cyanide, arsenic, and about a half-dozen other dangerous materials. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it might be a good idea to install a dedicated water filtration system in your home.

Lime Scale Buildup

Lime scale isn’t technically dangerous to you personally, but it can certainly threaten the health of your plumbing system. Prolonged exposure to hard water, which is water with a high calcium or magnesium content, can cause mineral deposits to build up over time in your plumbing pipes. As the lime scale becomes more advanced, it will restrict the flow of water through the pipes. If the scale isn’t removed in time, it can harden and become impossible to clean out without damaging the pipes.

Most lime scale buildup is located inside the pipes, where you’re not likely to notice it until it starts to restrict the water flow. However, you can still notice signs of it if you look closely around your faucet and in your shower. If you notice a kind of white, chalky deposit in those areas, that’s lime scale. If you have it there, you most certainly have it in your pipes. A water softener is used to remove the minerals in hard water that cause lime scale.

Unusual Tastes or Colors

Most people are not overly fond of the taste of tap water. However, there’s a difference between that and a distinct tang of something that shouldn’t be there. If your tap water has an overly metallic taste, for example, you should probably call a professional to test it. The same goes for any unusual colors you may notice in your tap water, which could indicate all kinds of contamination depending on the color.


Of course, you don’t necessarily need to notice anything wrong with your tap water to install a water filtration system in your home. Plenty of homeowners install water filtration systems in their plumbing just out of an overabundance of caution, in case there happens to be anything in their water supply that isn’t immediately detectable. If you’re curious about whether or not it would be a good idea for you to install a water filtration system in your home, consult with a professional.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing provides comprehensive water filtration services in Bethesda, MD. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.  We’ll make sure that you get the perfect water filtration solution for your needs.