What’s my problem?
Staining, smells, color, feel, corrosiveness, safety. These are all problems we here at Maher Water Corporation get asked about every day.
To understand how to fix your problems we must first: understand what the problem is, understand what is causing the problem, understand how much of a problem it is, understand how to treat the problem, and “ most often forgot” understand what else is in the water that will interfere with removal of the problem.
So you can see guessing at a fix or a price over the phone is almost impossible. Even getting a sample brought to us in a jar is just an overview of your water. The only true way to determine the problem and get you accurate numbers is to sample from the house and observe the issues associated with the problem.
Lets get an idea of what might be the issue.
Staining: A couple things help determine the origin of the stain: the color of the stain, the location of the stain, the frequency at which the stain returns, and the severity of the stain. While almost all our stains we deal with are a metal, it is very important to determine what the metal is. Orange, Green, Brown, Black, Red, Grey, Blue…….these are just some examples of the colors we get phone calls about.
Smell: Odor in water can be one of the toughest items to diagnose. Every person on earth has their own sense of smell and their brains decipher that smell in a unique way. Metallic, Rotton egg, Earthy, Musty, Mildew, Sweet, Strawberries, Swimming pool, Not right, Bad. All of these are observations from customers about how their water smells.
Color: While most of us know that water has no color ( or should have ), many people call us about the color of their water. Yellow, Brown, Tea color, Light beer, Dark beer, Coffee, Blue, Green, Pink. Each one of these are caused by something different and some have multiple causes.
Feel: How does the water feel? That is a question usually reserved for people that have had a softener, they know the answer ( silky ). The feel of the water is something that each and every one of you have to decide what “ feels good” on your own. Multiple factors come in to play when the feel of the water is in question, Harness, PH, TDS, and Alkalinity are the most common factors.
Corrosiveness: There are multiple factors that go into how corrosive a water might be. The PH is the most common test done. TDS ( Total dissolved solids ), Alkalinity, Hardness, Temperature, Velocity, and Pressure all contribute to a waters ability to be aggressive.
Safety: The question “ Is my water safe to drink? “ is often asked of us. This is a baited question. For real estate transactions, Coliform bacteria, Nitrates, and Arsenic are the tests to determine safety. Lead tests are often done. Pesticides, Herbicides, Radio-nuclides, and heavy metals are the other often tested items. The costs of doing “everything” can be VERY expensive and time consuming ( weeks to get results).
The items above may help categorize the problems you are experiencing however an in home test is still the best way to narrow down “What the problem is”.