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Allentown, PA Water Treatment Systems by Tim Beil Plumbing
Water reaches practically every room in a home. The quality of the water affects its taste and smell, the food you cook, how your skin and hair feel, and even how appliances, fixtures, and plumbing work and last. Better quality water can make a difference in your life in many ways.
Whether you have excessive biological contaminants, sulfur, iron, chlorine or mineral content in your water supply, it’s critical that you take a whole-house approach so that such issues do not affect your health or the integrity of your home’s plumbing system. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. We install, replace, repair and maintain a wide variety of water treatment systems throughout the area, as well as provide water testing services. Call our friendly plumbers today.
Tim Beil Plumbing provides water treatment system services in Allentown, PA and the surrounding areas.
Choosing the Right Water Treatment System for You
Let us help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right water treatment system for your home. We offer a number of different options, and we also repair and maintain these systems so that you can be confident yours will be in good hands, from day one until it’s ready to replace with a new model.
Here are some of the common water treatment problems we may find in your home that water treatment can fix:
Hard water consists of calcium, magnesium, and, in some cases, iron. Most homes in the Lehigh Valley area have hard water, whether it’s supplied by the local municipality or comes from a private well. The majority of homeowners are unaware they have hard water and don’t understand the importance of soft water. The damage hard water can cause to plumbing is very expensive over time.
Common signs of hard water include dry skin and hair, water spots on glasses and silverware, rings in your bathtub, poor appliance performance, and a shortened service life for water–using appliances. Many homeowners do not realize the amount of time, money, and energy that hard water can waste. A Kinetico Water Softener will eliminate your hard water problems.
Iron and Manganese Staining
Your water may contain iron or manganese, which can cause rusty–orange or black staining. You may notice these stains on clothes, fixtures, sinks, tubs, water–using appliances, and toilets. These stains can appear on anything water comes in regular contact with. Iron has the potential to ruin clothing with stains that cannot be removed. You can fix your water staining problems with installation of a Kinetico Water Softener.
Low pH/Copper staining
If your water has a low pH, you will see telltale blue–green stains. The stains are most noticeable on white surfaces that your water comes in frequent contact with, such as sinks, tubs/showers, toilets, and light–colored clothing. These stains can be very difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Another sign of low pH is pinhole leaks in copper or metal pipes. These tiny leaks can cause extensive damage, especially if they occur in a hidden location, such as behind a wall. We recommend a Kinetico Acid Neutralizer to resolve pH problems.
Turbidity, more commonly described as cloudy, murky, or grayish water, is usually caused by dissolved or suspended solids. Your water can become turbid naturally or from land disturbances such as construction, storms, or runoff. The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) level can range from low to high. Even if your water looks clear, it may still contain a high level of dissolved solids, which is why we strongly recommend having your water tested.
Depending on whether you would like to treat your entire home or just the drinking water, you can select a Kinetico Drinking Water System or a Kinetico RO Whole House Membrane System.
Chlorine has been used as a disinfectant to kill harmful bacteria in water and the pipes that transport it for more than 160 years. While the use of chlorine has eliminated a number of major threats to public health and it is essential at water treatment plants and in the water distribution system, it is no longer necessary once the water reaches your home.
Chlorine is vital for aiding in the fight against the spread of disease, but its benefits come at a price. Not only does chlorine taste and smell bad, it dries skin and hair, fades clothes (bleach is made of chlorine), and can dry out the rubber seals in appliances, shortening their lives. A Kinetico Drinking Water System or a Kinetico Dechlorinator will solve your chlorine problems.
Tastes and Odors
In its original state, water is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. If you feel your water tastes or smells funny, you should make an effort to discover the reason.
- Earthy or musty taste and odor: These tastes and odors are generally the result of compounds released due to decayed vegetation and are typically associated with different forms of algae. While these tastes and odors are non–toxic, they can be unpleasant and offensive even at very low concentrations.
- "Rotten egg" smell: A "rotten egg" sulfurous odor coming from water is dissolved hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless, corrosive gas often described as smelling like rotten eggs. In addition to the unpleasant odor, hydrogen sulfide can affect the taste of food and beverages, leave an odor on your hair and clothing, and accelerate corrosion of metal parts in appliances. This sulfur smell can be taken care of by installing a Kinetico Sulfur Guard Water Filter.
- Metallic taste: A metallic taste implies that there are metals such as iron, copper, manganese, or zinc present in the water. Both iron and manganese are often naturally occurring and mostly found in groundwater. An aging distribution system or the corrosion of copper plumbing and brass fittings are often the source of copper and zinc. A Kinetico Drinking Water System or a Kinetico Sulfur Guard Water Filter can solve these taste and odor issues.
Bacteria and Viruses
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there could be as many as twelve million cases of waterborne acute gastrointestinal illness annually in the United States alone. These illnesses are frequently caused by bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that make their way into the water supply. Even state–of–the–art treatment plants cannot ensure that drinking water is entirely free of microbial pathogens. We recommend a Kinetico Drinking Water System or an Ultraviolet Purification System to rid your water of any troublesome contaminants.
City Water vs. Well Water
The quality of your water can vary greatly depending on your location and source of water. There are two primary sources for water: the municipal system and private wells. Both may require the use of water treatment systems to achieve the best quality water in the home.
- City water: Water that comes through a municipal water treatment facility must meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. It may originate in either surface water or groundwater. Although treated, city water usually travels through an outdated distribution center to reach your house and may contain a high amount of chlorine, along with other contaminants acquired through the pipes. If you receive monthly or quaterly water bills, you have city water.
- Well water: Water supplied by a private well, cistern, or spring located on your property. The source is always groundwater, and as the homeowner you are responsible for the quality of the water. We strongly recommend you have water testing for your well water to see if you should install a water treatment system.