Common Water Problems
Water quality can no longer be taken for granted. Here in Billings, Montana and the surrounding area, there are a variety of factors that can affect how your water tastes, smells and feels. Well water can be contaminated with many things that are unhealthy for consumption. That is why Yellowstone Water Conditioning is here to offer you a free water test to determine if water treatment is necessary and what option is right for your specific needs.
Over 85% of the United States has hard water. Many areas are considered extremely hard by the Water Quality Association. 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. Many homeowners don't even realize they have hard water and the constant, expensive harm it causes. Dry skin and hair, bathtub ring, spots on dishware, dingy clothing as well as the disappointing performance and the shortened life expectancy of your water using appliances are all problem associated with hard water.
Cloudy, murky or grayish water is usually caused by dissolved or suspended solids, also known as "turbidity". Water can become turbid naturally or from land disturbances such as construction, weather storms and runoff. The turbidity of your water can range from low to high. Even if your water looks clear, it can still contain a high level of dissolved solids. That is what we recommend you have your water tested.
Chlorine Taste and Smell
Since the 1850s. chlorine has been used as a disinfectant to kill harmful bacteria in water and pipes that carry it. This treatment is no longer necessary once the water reaches your home. Though chlorine is vital for stopping the spread of disease, its benefits do come at a price. Chlorine tastes and smells bad. It dries the skin and hair, fades the clothing and can dry out the rubber seals in appliances.
Taste and Odor
In its pristine state, water is colorless, tasteless and odorless. So, if your water tastes or smells funny, you should certainly find out why. An earthy or musty taste and odor is generally the result of compounds released due to decayed vegetation and are typically associated with different forms of algae. While not toxic, they are still unpleasant. A "Rotten Egg" smell is another common source of smelly water which is a "hydrogen sulphide". Hydrogen sulphide is a colorless corrosive gas which has the characteristic odor of rotten eggs. If present in high enough concentrations, it can also leave an unpleasant odor on hair and clothing. It can also accelerate corrosion of metal parts in appliances. A "Metallic Taste" implies 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 from the corrosion of copper plumbing and brass fittings.
Iron and Manganese Staining
Water is a natural solvent and given the needed time and conditions, it will dissolve anything it comes in contact with. That is why, depending on where you live, your water can contain iron or manganese which can cause rusty-orange or black staining. You will see the stains on clothes, fixtures, sinks, tubs, toilets and water using appliances as well.