3 Reasons Why Your Water Tastes Bad In Your New Home

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When looking to purchase a new home, it’s a great idea to create a checklist of things we would like, need, or can’t live without. This could be anything from a specific neighborhood, amount of bedrooms or bathrooms, flooring, countertops, a second floor, garage. There are a lot of things we consider when buying a new home. With all these things making or breaking your decisions, did you ever think about your water? After the stress of moving, there is nothing worse than pouring yourself a glass of water and taking a sip only to find that the water tastes bad.

Your home passed inspection, so what gives? 

There are a few things that can cause your water to taste icky. The reason behind the taste comes down to what it smells and tastes like. Learn about common problems associated with why water tastes bad, how we can solve them, and how ONIT can professionally install new equipment so your water tastes perfect from the tap every time.

Get your free water test done when you contact ONIT Home online or by giving us a call at 1-833-433-0331.

 

Does Your Water Taste Like Pool Water? 

If your water tastes bad, like a mouth full of pool water, your chlorine levels are high! 

How Does This Happen? 

All of our water goes through water treatment plants before it comes out of your faucet. The chemical Chlorine is used during the water treatment process as a disinfectant to clear out any bacteria before it hits the pipes in your home. Chlorine is actually a really efficient disinfectant, killing disease-causing pathogens, viruses, bacteria, and protozoans. So while your water tastes bad, it tastes bad because they’ve disinfected it. But, the taste and odor can be off putting to many, so luckily there re  ways to fix this issue. 

How To Fix This Problem?

This is an easy fix! Buying a water filter will help you get rid of both the taste and the odor of chlorine. Companies like Brita and Pur offer water pitchers and faucet attachments that will purify your water and filter out the chlorine taste. They use carbon activated filters, and these filters grab hold of those chemicals and filter them out. That way, your water will taste as clean and crisp as you had imagined it.  

Do you know what’s in your water? ONIT Home is here to test your water for free so you know exactly what type of filtration system you need. 

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Does Your Water Taste and Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

If your water tastes bad, resembling rotten eggs, sulfur is to blame.  

How Does This Happen?

This odor and taste is caused by high levels of sulfur bacteria and hydrogen sulfide gas. This is found within the water supply. However, if this smell only occurs when you use hot water, then there could be a chemical reaction happening within your water heater, and not with the water supply. 

How To Fix This Problem

Contact a professional to see if this problem is a chemical reaction, or just an issue with the water supply. If it’s a water supply issue, they will adjust the water softener solution. If it’s a chemical reaction, then a professional boiler will have to come out to inspect the problem. 

Does Your Water Taste Like Plastic?

If your water tastes bad, resembling plastic, chances are it’s coming from leachates in your pipes.

How Does This Happen?

Leachates are present in new plastic pipes, so if you’re moving into a new construction, or into a home that had to have the pipes replaced, your water might taste like plastic. Plastic plumbing is the cheaper alternative to copper, and with cheaper options, can come less than ideal effects. 

How To Fix This Problem

The pipes need to be thoroughly flushed and then left unused for 14 days. 

Make the most of your home by finding out the different services ONIT Home has to offer! From water, home security, concierge services, we’re ONIT! 

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How ONIT Home Can Help Your Home’s Tap Water System

The first step is providing a free water test for your home to find out exactly the levels of contaminants found in your water. We test for: 

  • Arsenic
  • Copper
  • Bacteria
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Ammonia 
  • Trihalomethanes
  • Fluoride
  • Aluminum

Our free water testing is commitment free, but we always recommend that homes are equipped with the right filtration system. We recommend the Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your whole home as a way to clean the water, giving you great tasting and healthy water straight from the tap.

We professionally install all systems, making sure you can rest easy with a system that works correctly the first time you ever use it. ONIT Home’s professionally installed services ensure that your property’s water is clean, safe, and without any unnecessary water damage. We believe in total customer satisfaction, so kick back and relax, we’ll always do the heavy lifting. 

Understanding the Reverse Osmosis Home Water Filtration System

Having a home filtration system can assist you in having great, clean water. The best choice for a home filtration system is a professionally installed reverse osmosis home water system. These systems remove the majority of the contaminants in drinking water, rather than just reducing them. A reverse osmosis system cleans water through multiple chambers and stages. 

  1. The first stage is the Sediment and Activated Carbon Block Module. This removes traces of Chlorine and microscopic debris from the water.
  2. The second stage is the Reverse Osmosis Chamber. This removes tiny particles, pollutants, fluoride and trihalomethanes that are trapped by the prefilters. 
  3. Next in the third stage, the water will go through the Granular Activated Carbon. This removes the organic and odorous chemicals, like hydrogen sulfide. Again, Hydrogen Sulfide is known for being a chemical in water that smells like rotten eggs. However, the reverse osmosis system removes it and keeps your water smelling and tasting fresh!   
  4. The last stage is the In-Line Polishing Filter. This removes any remaining foul tastes and odors in the water, boosting the pH and giving you water bottle quality tastes.

Having a reverse osmosis system in your home allows you to have clean drinking water straight out of the tap, giving you and your family easy access to the best water. This system is installed out of sight, allowing you to have ample storage space in your kitchen, and you’ll never have to fill it up. These systems are easy maintenance, only having to replace pre and post filters annually, and replacing the reverse osmosis membrane every two to three years. 

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Understanding a Water Softener

Water softening involves an ion exchange process, removing the magnesium and calcium from the tap water and replacing them with sodium ions. Here’s how it works:

  1. When hard water enters the tank, it flows through resin beads charged with a sodium ion. The sodium ion is a negative charge.
  2. The calcium and magnesium minerals in the hard water are a positive charge. So, as opposites attract, the resin beads grab ahold of the mineral ions, removing them from the water. 
  3. The activated carbon, BlackCat Resin and Quartz filter out chlorine, bromine, and heavy metals. 

This process removes the hard water, filters out contaminants, and leaves you with a soft, filtered water. Without a water softener, your dishes can have spots, your laundry will dull, your hair and skin will be dry, and you could deal with soap scum. Instead of having splotchy, itchy skin after your shower, your skin will be softer and stay moisturized. Adding a water softener will get rid of those persisting issues. 

ONIT Isn’t Just Our Name, It’s Our Promise

We believe part of being ONIT is our promise of customer satisfaction and guaranteed results to all our customers. The proof is in our reviews! 

“Our home inspection company offered us a free water test and since we were new to the area we thought it would be a great idea just to see the results. Brock was our representative and he was awesome! He was very knowledgeable and personable! It was an exciting experience almost like a science experiment but it was also scary to hear that there are acceptable levels of toxic chemicals allowed to be in the water we use everyday! It was a no brainer for us to invest in the water filtration system and we love!!! [It’s] saved us so much money and it has done wonders for our skin and hair! I would highly recommend you setting up an appointment to allow Brock to come perform a water test at your home! You would be surprised!”

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ONIT Home Doesn’t Just Clean Your Water, We Service Your Whole Home

Knowing the hard water impacts your home, health, and taste, you’re ready to see how a whole home water filtration system can impact your household. ONIT Home is the top choice to help you with in-home water testing, professional installation, and help with any questions you have about your water. We care about the cleanliness of your water, and the impacts it has on your home and family. 

Moving comes with its own share of challenges, but our teams at ONIT Home can help! Our team of professionals are here to help you, from concierge services, insurance, water filtration, solar energy and home security. We are here to make your moving experience stress free! 

ONIT Home is your one-stop shop to create a space for families to enjoy. Bundle your purchases together for a $1,500 voucher to be used with our water filtration, security systems, or solar panels. Or, receive a $2,000 security system for $1,000 with a purchase of a water filtration system. Ready to go solar? Every solar panel system is a two week installation and comes with a free home security and water filtration system! Learn more about our bundling deals today by calling us at 1-833-433-0331.  Whatever you need, we’re ONIT!