Here in the Phoenix area, a variety of factors can affect how water tastes, smells, and feels. That’s why we test your water before we recommend how to treat it properly. We are happy to go over your water provider’s water quality report with you. Below are a few of the water problems we commonly treat.
PFAS or “Forever Chemicals”
Forever chemicals are in hundreds of everyday products that are made with a highly toxic fluoridated chemicals call PFAS. They build up in our bodies and never break down in the environment. Very small doses of PFA’s have been linked to cancer, reproductive and immune system harm. Most whole house water filters including no salt systems are not certified to remove “Forever Chemicals” from water. The Kinetico K5 is 3rd party certified to take out 99% of them.
Hard Water / Lime Scale
Hard water dries out skin and makes hair brittle. It causes soap scum / white film in tubs and showers, spots on faucets and fixtures, and etching and spotting on dishes and silverware. Hard water also causes scaling in plumbing and appliances, which results in less efficiency, reduced life cycles, and costly repairs. Other associated hard water problems include “dulling” and stiffening of laundry and having to work harder to clean bathrooms and kitchens. Our winter visitors commonly call water hardness build-up limescale.
Chlorine Taste or Smell
When your water tastes or smells like chlorine, it is unappealing and can dry out your skin and hair plus cause your laundry to fade. While municipalities use chlorine to disinfect the water supply, it should be filtered out before you use it to eliminate these effects.
Chromium 6, Arsenic, Nitrate / Nitrite, MTBE & TCE
Chromium 6, Arsenic, Nitrates, Nitrites, MTBE, and TCE have all been in Arizona water news recently. They can lead to a variety of health issues. Over the last few years, cities from New River to Phoenix to Mesa, and several in between, have reached or exceeded the MCL for Arsenic. According to the EPA, Arsenic may cause skin damage, problems with circulatory systems, and an increased risk of cancer.
Iron and Manganese
Iron and manganese can leave rust stains on clothing, appliances, and fixtures. What’s more, these metals can make your water taste and smell bad.
Arizona well water is often high in nitrates and arsenic. Kinetico can treat those problems as well as providing sediment, iron, and sulfur filters. A water softener and/or drinking water purification system may also be recommended for well water treatment.