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If you're noticing changes to the water coming out ouf your tap – such as strange colors, tastes or odors – the cause may be your water heater.

Water heater and water quality problems

To find out if the water heater is the cause, note the following:
  • Does the problem only occur first thing in the morning?
  • Does it happen after the water has not been used for a while?
  • Does the problem clear up after you run the water for a few minutes?
  • Is the problem isolated to the hot rather than cold running faucet?
If any of the above cases is true, it could be caused by your water heater.


Water Heater Odors

Bad smells, such as a sulphur odors, are sometimes caused by bacteria growing in the water heater tank. When the water heater goes unused for long periods of time bacteria, while usually harmless, can cause unpleasant odors. A sulphur, or rotten egg odor, is sometimes caused by a corroded anode rod inside the water heater. The rod should be inspected and replaced if needed.

Hard water can also cause sediment to accumulate at the bottom of the tank, causing odors. Installing a water softener should fix the problem.


Water Discoloration

Brown, red or yellow tinted water can be caused by rust from a corroded water heater tank, or pipes inside the home. The iron present in most water is not a significant health risk, but it can stain clothing and dishes and leave drinking water with a metallic taste. Your plumber can help track down the cause and determine if the water heater is the source of the problem.

White or tan particles in the water are usually a sign of calcium or magnesium. While not generally harmful to ingest, the minerals can clog pipes and drains over time. A water filtration system or water softener can remove the minerals from the water.

Have concerns about water quality in your home? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call. We can help identify the cause of the problem and recommend effective solutions for cleaner, better tasting water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that most municipal water suppliers in Florida provide consumers with an annual water quality report. Also known as Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), the report provides detailed information about the quality of the drinking water supply during the past year. Annual drink water quality reports can be obtained by visiting the EPA's Florida Consumer Confidence site

Most Southwest Florida homeowners will receive a copy of the report annually. If you don't receive a copy in the mail you can access this information on your community's website or by calling your local water department. Because the reports contain a lot of technical information, The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) provides information to help consumers make sense of water quality. Units of measurement for concentrations of contaminants, and detailed information on interpreting the results can help homeowners make informed decisions about whether additional home water treatment is needed.

If you have concerns about your drinking water, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can perform an in-home water analysis and recommend water treatment systems to ensure safer, better tasting water.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 13:41

When Should You Have Your Water Tested?

For many Florida homeowners, knowing the safety and quality of drinking water important. Some of the reasons you may want to test your water include:
  • Your home has lead pipes, or lead soldered joints
  • The water in your home has a strange taste or smell
  • You have soap soap scum on bathroom fixtures.
  • You're buying a home with a water treatment system and want to ensure it is working properly
  • You're installing a water treatment system and want to measure it's effectiveness
  • There are recurring gastrointestinal problems with occupants drinking water in the home
  • You are pregnant, or there is a child under six months old living in the home
  • You have a well that is near a septic tank, abandoned gas station or agricultural land
If problems are found with your drinking water, there are a number of water treatment solutions available to treat hard water and contamination. Have questions about water quality in your home? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call, we're here to help.

Every year the EPA requires Florida community water systems to provide its customers with a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).The CCR is intended to help residents make informed choices about the water they drink by disclosing what contaminants if any, are in their drinking water, and how these contaminants could affect their health.

You can search for your local water system here. More Florida drinking water resources are available at the EPA water site.

If your drinking water comes from a private well, you are responsible for the safety of your water. The EPA recommends that well owners have their water tested annually. Contact your state to get a list of certified commercial laboratories that test drinking water.

Water Quality Solutions For the Home

Whether your water comes from a municipal water system or a private well it's a good idea to have a water analysis performed to identify any possible contaminants. If problems are found there are home water filtration systems that can remove organic and inorganic contaminants that may cause health concerns.


Hard water can cause problems for homeowners in both increased energy usage and a shortened lifespan of appliances. The two minerals most commonly found in hard water, calcium and magnesium, make heating water less efficient. It requires more energy to heat mineral heavy water compared to clear, purified water.

Hard Water and Plumbing Problems

Hard water can also cause limescale build-up, drastically restricting the water flow in your pipes. Steel pipes are the most prone to this problem, copper and PVC are not as susceptible to limescale build up. Over time this scale build up can lower water pressure in your home's plumbing, eventually leading to costly damage to pipes and plumbing fixtures. As the flow in pipes becomes more restricted, the limescale buildup will happen at a faster rate.

The areas that you may first notice mineral build up are in areas around shower heads, plugs, faucets and valves. Slowly dripping faucets can cause scale build up on sink surfaces and could damage the rubber washers that are required to keep the mechanism water tight. If this occurs, the washers can sometimes be difficult to replace.

Valves that are found in various appliances, such as ice-makers, washing machines and dishwashers can also end up with scale build-up. If small amounts of limescale build up around the valves, they may not be able to completely close, which can allow water to leak.

Hard Water and Water Heaters

Heating elements in water heaters can also quickly form mineral deposits. When there is limescale between the heating element and the water it will act as a barrier, preventing the water from heating up efficiently and causing the burners to work overtime. Mineral deposits from hard water can also dramatically reduce the lifespan of a water heater by clogging pipes, valves and drains.

Have questions about hard water in hour home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.

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