We expect certain quality when we turn on our tap to get our water. Our water should taste fresh and clean. It shouldn’t be odorous. Although it might not be dangerous, water with an unusual taste or odor may make it unpalatable. Water that tastes or smells strange is important for your health. We will examine five possible reasons your water might taste or smell different and offer suggestions on how to remedy the situation. High levels of metals in drinking water.
Many people use mineral supplements to supplement their diets. These metals are common in mineral supplements. These metals can be used in small amounts to support many bodily functions. However, they become problematic when taken in large quantities. Many of these metals find their way into water through older plumbing pipes or aging fixtures like water heaters. Lead can leach into your water if you have older homes with lead pipes and plumbing fixtures made with lead solder. Water testing is the only way you can be certain that these metals are present.
You may notice a metallic taste or odor in your water that makes it difficult to drink. Installing a water filter system is the best solution to this problem. It will remove metals and other contaminants. It could be an under-the-sink system in your kitchen, or a whole-house system that provides cleaner water to all faucets in your home. Moldy taste and musty odor are two of the most common problems with water supply. Algae growing in your water supply is the most common reason your water tastes and smells musty. Although it is unpleasant to drink, this is not a serious health risk. It’s possible that the source of the moldy water is elsewhere in your community. If this happens, it might be worth asking your neighbors if they have any concerns. To find out if there have been any changes in your water quality, contact the local water supply company.
If you have no other problems, the source of your algae growth may be close to home. The best way to reduce the effects of mold is to freeze your water before you drink it. For a permanent solution, you can clean out your taps, sinks, and other fixtures in your home. If the problem persists, you should call a certified plumber to diagnose and correct it.
Sulfuric “Rotten Egg” Smell. There are very few things more unpleasant than rotten eggs. If your water begins to smell this way, it is a sign that there is a problem. The problem is caused by hydrogen sulfuride (H2S), which can be found in your plumbing system and should be addressed by a plumber. It usually happens in a private well that is deep or shallow, but it can also happen in water supplies at the surface if there are certain conditions. The gas is trapped in the water and it is often colorless. It is safe to consume, but it is unlikely anyone will be able to stomach it for very long. It is important to know that hydrogen sulfide could cause corrosion in pipes and even turn your water black. It is important to treat it with the appropriate water filtration media. Local plumbers will assess your water situation and help you select the right filtration media. Salty or ozone-like odors. Some people notice that their water has a salty or ozone-like taste. A mildly salty taste could indicate that your water has chloride. It could also be caused by sewage if the water tastes extremely salty. It is important to have a water test done as soon as possible in both cases to determine the cause. A foul sewage smell If your taps or drinking water have a foul sewage smell similar to a rotten egg, there may be a problem with your water heater, or bacteria that is creating gasses.
The hydrogen sulfide “rotten eggs” smell problem was covered in point 3. Now we will address the sewage issue. Your water may smell like sewage if it contains bacteria, such as food and soaps. The bacteria can cause a gas to build up in the drain. This gas will be forced out of the sink by turning the water on. Sometimes, the sewage smell may only be detected if hot water is turned on. This could be a sign that bacteria is growing in the water heater. This can happen if your water heater isn’t used in a while, or the temperature is too low. Although it is not dangerous, the sewage smell can be quite unpleasant and your water tank may need to be replaced. To determine if the sewage smell is coming from your pipes or the water, here is a quick test. Before you smell it, fill a glass with water. Then move the glass away from your sink. If the water isn’t stale, it could be a problem with your drains and pipes. You can eliminate the smell by cleaning out the drain and disinfecting the sink. If that doesn’t work, or you aren’t sure what to do next, call a plumber.