Water will always have some sort of minerals in the mix. Regardless of where you’re tapping from, if you’re using a well or if you live in a certain area, minerals are a part of the mix. Now, not all of the minerals that are found in water are harmful, but the only way to recognize unsafe minerals in the water you’re drinking is to start off by educating yourself on which minerals are harmful and which you can overlook.
In today’s blog post, we’re going to touch on the most common minerals that are found in water and whether or not they’re something that you should be concerned about.
A very common mineral found in both well water and aquifers, as well as lakes and rivers, is iron. This mineral has a very easy time leaching from the ground to the nearby water supplies when talking about your standard groundwater. Open bodies of water, like rivers and lakes, are more likely to acquire iron by having it get washed into the water from the surrounding dirt.
Iron is one of the many minerals that the human body needs to properly function, but that, of course, accounts for the proper dosage. If the drinking water that you’re consuming has toxic levels of iron in it, then you could be putting you and any others drinking the water, in harm.
Aside from iron having an effect on your body, it can also leave signs of its presence on your household. Water that is high in iron is known for leaving stains on just about anything that it touches. From clothes in the laundry to dishes in the sink, you will see stains that are red, brown or yellow in color. Iron can also account for some clogs that take place in common plumbing, so if you’re having more clogs than you’re used to, it could be because of your water that is high in iron.
Aside from what we’ve listed above, the main thing you’ll notice with water that is high in iron is that it will taste a little bit different. If you’re not entirely sure how much iron is in the water you’re drinking, it never hurts to get it tested by a professional.
Another common mineral that is found in water is calcium carbonate. This is a little bit more common in tap water that is tied to a well but is also largely found in bottled water. The levels of calcium carbonate will vary in each type of water, but the overall concentration will be due to the overall ability to absorb water treatments that try to cancel this out.
If you’ve ever heard of “hard water,” it’s usually due to the calcium carbonate and magnesium levels in a glass of water. As we mentioned before, this will vary based on the water source. The main takeaway is that hard water is not harmful, and is much more of a nuisance for a homeowner than anything else.
The main thing that you’ll see, similar to what we mentioned with iron, will be a buildup on your dishes or sink that show how tough the water is. This is less of a stain and more of a buildup that occurs, but again, this isn’t harmful to you at all. You may notice a difference in the way it looks in a glass or the way that your clothes look after a few washes, but overall it’s nothing that you need to worry about consuming.
Let Aquathin NJ Help
Aquathin NJ has gained quite a bit of experience in the well being and overall health levels of water. If you’re concerned about the quality of your water or are looking for a solution to ensure that it is drinkable, reach out to our team, and we would be happy to help you out. From our water filters to our water softeners, we have experience working with all sorts of minerals and unsafe additions to drinking water — so don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.
We’ve only mentioned a couple of the common minerals in today’s blog, so make sure to check up for our post in the next week or so for some additional minerals to watch out for