Have you thought about your water quality in Baltimore lately? August is National Water Quality Month, so break out the reverse osmosis filters and water softener and have a cold one (glass of water) on Culligan Mid-Atlantic!
The Baltimore Metro Area is served its water by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. The city is known to have decent drinking water from its surface water that feeds into the Liberty, Loch Raven and Pretty Boy reservoirs.
While these places might be good for a boat or a swim, and the tap water is mostly safe, have you considered the quality of water that runs through your home, and how it affects more than just your drinking choices?
Water isn’t just a naturally occurring element that has been sustaining all living beings in the Baltimore area since before the Inner Harbor was around. Having the correct water softener and filtration system can help maintain and sustain a number of everyday items around your home.
Your Home is Taking a Beating
Hard water, a build-up of calcium and magnesium in your water system, can affect many other aspects of your everyday life. According to the Water Quality Association, water quality affects 85 percent of all homes in the United States.
Your plumbing system and its external parts are at risk with hard water. It can create buildup in your pipes that leads to low pressure and, perhaps worse, cause corrosion in your water heater, ultimately causing it to fail. That’s thousands of dollars in repairs!
Hard water can also cause exterior fixtures such as your faucets and shower heads, to form an aesthetically unappealing buildup of calcium deposits.
It also has a tendency to leave water spots or fade on clothing during the wash. That might be the reason your black and orange Baltimore Orioles jersey is faded to a grayish-tangerine hue.
These spots can also occur in the form of an ugly residue of spots on glass or silverware. So, if you’re planning on entertaining company, you should entertain the thought of purchasing a water softener, or else just head out for crabs and seafood.
Baltimore water quality affects your plants. Your perennials may turn into “occasionals” if your water source is from the city, where calcium deposits coat the soil and eventually repel the water.
Your body will thank you after installing a water softener and your skin is not dry and flaky. Your daughter will thank you after installing a water softener when she goes to school without frizzy hair. Your significant other will thank your water softener for not having to hear you complain about it!
Is your fresh-baked bread a little flat, is your fresh-brewed coffee a little bitter? Hard water may shoulder the blame. Dissolved minerals in hard water can affect the performance of yeast and change the structure of gluten. The minerals in hard water also can reduce your coffee’s flavor.
Take Action in National Water Quality Month!
The Public Works Department of Baltimore releases an annual water quality report at the direction of the EPA, which requires water systems to issue yearly Consumer Confidence Reports.
The EPA designated August National Water Quality Month to encourage citizens and municipalities alike to be more cognizant of the caliber of water that comes in and goes out of all aspects of their respective everyday activities.
Contact your local, family-owned Culligan Mid-Atlantic water expert to get a FREE in-home water test to help protect your family and home from poor quality water.