Grand Rapids Water Filtration & Softening Services
Solving Residential Water Quality Issues in Grand Rapids
We drink it. We cook with it. We wash with it. Water is as essential to life as the air you breathe yet we tend to take our water quality for granted until that is, it doesn’t look right, taste right, or feel right.
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At Penning Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric, we have a number of answers for improved water quality. From single-source filters to whole-house water filtration systems, we do it all including periodic service and repairs. In fact, we can even repair your current system, even if it was installed by someone else. We are the trusted Grand Rapids plumbing service company that you can rely on.
Is Tap Water Safe to Drink?
Here in Grand Rapids, tap water is generally safe to drink. Local municipalities follow regulations and implement water treatment processes to ensure that tap water meets safety standards set by the relevant authorities, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S.
However, it’s important to note that while most tap water is safe, there can be occasional issues, such as localized contamination or infrastructure problems. If you have concerns about your tap water, you may wish to consider installing a whole-home or point-of-use filtration system for added peace of mind or to address specific contaminants.
What Contaminants May Be Found in Tap Water?
Tap water can potentially contain various contaminants, although the specific types and levels can vary depending on the water source and treatment processes. Here are some common contaminants that may be found in tap water that a water filtration system can help with:
- Microorganisms: Bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms can enter the water supply through various sources and pose health risks if present in high concentrations.
- Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs): When water is treated with disinfectants like chlorine, it can react with organic matter and form DBPs, such as trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). Prolonged exposure to high levels of DBPs may have health implications.
- Heavy Metals: Certain heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, and copper can find their way into tap water through natural deposits, corrosion of plumbing systems, or industrial pollution. Elevated levels of these metals can have adverse health effects.
- Pesticides and Herbicides: Agricultural runoff and groundwater contamination can introduce pesticides and herbicides into water sources, potentially affecting tap water quality.
- Chemicals and Industrial Pollutants: Industrial activities, improper disposal of chemicals, and accidental spills can lead to the presence of various chemical pollutants in tap water, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), PCBs, and dioxins.
- Nitrates: Nitrates primarily come from agricultural fertilizers and can enter water supplies, particularly groundwater. High levels of nitrates can be harmful, especially for infants and pregnant women.
- Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products: Traces of medications, hormones, and substances from personal care products can be detected in some water supplies due to incomplete removal by wastewater treatment systems.
How Do You Know If You Have Hard Water?
Are you a candidate for water purification? From hard water, acidic water to excess iron in your water, we can help.
Signs of Hard Water:
- Soap and detergents don’t foam as well as they should
- Unsightly scale deposits on dishes and glasses
- Scale deposits on fixtures, which can impede water pressure
- A reduced efficiency in your hot water heater
What Makes Water Corrosive?
Acidic water or corrosive water, on the other hand, is water with a low pH factor (less than 6.5). When you have acidic water, you notice blue-green stains on your sinks, drains, and clothes. Acidic water can also pose health risks when metal ions such as lead, manganese, and copper enter and contaminate your water supply. If excess iron is the problem with your water, you may notice brownish water stains in your sinks and toilets, and on your clothes.
Eliminate Your Water Quality Issues Today!
We are here to answer any questions that you may have as you consider water filter and softening services from a company that you can also count on to deliver satisfactory results. We are the Grand Rapids plumbing professionals that you can trust!