How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

We all remember drinking out of the hose on a hot summer day when we were kids. Back then, there wasn’t a question of how safe the water was. Today’s research shows that drinking hose water can cause health problems since most outdoor faucets and fixtures are made of metal, and metal, particularly brass, can cause lead poisoning. There are some hoses and fixtures deemed “drinking water safe,” so if you have kids who like to drink out of the hose, consider switching to one of those.

During these hot summer months, Frederick County residents need to drink at least two liters of water per day – possibly more if you or your child are really active and losing a lot of water when sweating. Having safe drinking water is not only important outdoor, but also in your home. Here are some things to consider when it comes to figuring out whether or not your drinking water is clean.

How old is your home? In homes built prior to 1986, lead pipes, fixtures and solder were often used. If you’re concerned about materials used in your plumbing, talk to a trusted Frederick County plumber.

Do you notice any strange odor or color in your water? Corroded plumbing fixtures, strange odors when you turn the water on, and water with color or particles floating in it are signs of concern. You’ll definitely want to call a plumber if you notice any of these as it could indicate that you have rust or other harmful chemicals in your water, and those issues could even shorten the life of your appliances.

Does your water have a taste? This isn’t always a safety concern since city water can sometimes carry excess minerals, but if you don’t like the way your water tastes, it may be worth looking into having a filter installed. Water isn’t supposed to have a flavor. It should just be refreshing.

Call Putman Plumbing For Cleaner Drinking Water

If you have any of the above concerns about the drinking water in your home, give us a call. Our licensed plumbers can examine your plumbing system and make recommendations for cleaner water in your home. We look forward to hearing from you soon!