Nobody likes the idea that their water, especially their drinking water, could be home to hundreds of contaminants. But what is a contaminant and which ones could be plaguing your home or business?
According to The Safe Drinking Water Act, a “contaminant” is described as any biological, chemical, physical, or radiological substance in your water. That broad definition doesn’t really explain to home or business owners what they should be wary of or what a potential hazard could specifically be. Our Fresno water conditioning experts share what you should know.
Types of contaminants you should look out for include:
- Biological Contaminants – These include organisms that live in water, like bacteria, parasites, viruses, and protozoan. Most of these include microorganisms or organisms that are so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye.
- Chemical Contaminants – These include compounds or elements found in water, like metals, salts, toxins, pesticides, bleach, and more. Chemical contaminants can either be human-made, or they can naturally occur. Water that is contaminated by chemicals can be extremely hazardous to your health.
- Physical Contaminants – These change the physical properties or appearance of water. It includes sediment and other organic matter. Physically contaminated water can be visually identified without having to perform testing.
- Radiological Contaminants – Unstable chemical elements with an unbalanced amount of neutrons or protons can cause a radiological contamination like uranium, plutonium, or cesium. Radiation is incredibly hazardous to your health.
Understanding what can be in your water can help you see the importance of having your water tested and installing a water treatment system. At Quality Home Services, our Fresno team of water treatment specialists can help you ensure that your home or business has clean, safe water for everyone to use and enjoy.
Want to know what’s in your water? Schedule a time to meet with our company online or call us today at (800) 985-8103.