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Water Contaminants That Will Make You Sick

Have you ever gone on vacation somewhere and were told “Don’t drink the water”? While we’d like to think that dirty water is confined to more remote areas, that’s not always the case. The same water you use to shower, wash dishes, and sometimes even drink, can contain some common contaminants that will make you sick.

Lead

Since drinking lead-contaminated water can have dangerous effects on your health, it is important to replace lead piping in your home as well as add water filtration systems to your plumbing.

E. Coli

This bacteria can cause terrible stomach and dehydration issues as well as nausea and vomiting if you ingest the microorganisms that live in the contaminated water.

Nitrates

Nitrates are typically found in the soil surrounding water supplies. While small amounts of these contaminants are typically not harmful to adults, they can be very dangerous to infants.

Radon

This element naturally occurs in soil and can seep into your drinking water. Radon can be harmful to your health if it’s consumed in large quantities, having been linked to some cases of lung cancer.

Chlorine

Many municipals use small amounts of chlorine to make water suitable for drinking. However, too much chlorine in your water can irritate your skin and eyes, as well as make your water smell and taste off.

Calcium

While you may think calcium in your water is a good thing for your health, it can have negative effects on your water supply, often causing hard water and resulting in scale buildup around your filters, water stains, and stiff linens.

An easy way to rid your water of contaminants that will make you sick is by adding a water filtration system to your home’s plumbing. From our family to yours, Wahl Family, Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing brings 30 plus years’ experience in the business and are confident that we can solve even the toughest plumbing problems. For more information or to schedule a service, give us a call at (412) 265-2662​.