Water Quality

Water Problem Identification and FAQ

Here you will find a growing list of water issues and water problems you can identify yourself. Call us when you are ready to solve these issues together.

Ordinary tap water contain contaminants like iron, lead, chlorine or nitrates and even pharmaceuticals and e coli from human and animal faeces and that you can’t see, taste or smell.

Hard water is water that is high in minerals like calcium, magnesium and carbonate. It can happen with both city and well water, and takes a huge toll on your home, clogging up your appliances, creating spotty dishes, leaving your skin dry and your clothes dull and scratchy.

Softeners remove unwanted contaminants before your water even travels through your pipes, into your water-using appliances, or before you switch on the taps of your bathrooms and kitchen. Giving you softened, mineral free water to every room in your home.

Mineral build-up caused by hard water can reduce the efficiency of your water heater up to 24% while softened water can help maintain its original factory efficiency ratings over a 15-year lifetime. Hard water can lose up to 75% of flow rate in less than 18 months.

Softening water involves something called “ion exchange” to remove dissolved minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese—particles that can’t be trapped in a filter bed. To remove these particles, softening systems contain hundreds of resin beads charged with sodium. As water enters the tank, dissolved calcium and magnesium are attracted to the resin, forcing the resin to exchange its sodium for the dissolved chemicals, and freeing the water of impurities.

Filtering water removes impurities using either physical barriers, chemical processes or biological processes. Each method cleanses water to a varying degree to suit specific water uses like drinking water, irrigation, aquariums, ponds and swimming pools. We can help determine the best solution for your specific water profile and application.

Whether you have a city or well water source, iron is a contaminant that often makes it into your home. If left unfiltered, iron can cause your water to have a metallic taste and create hard-to-remove rust stains on household fixtures and appliances.

Iron/Manganese is a common mineral found in drinking water.  The biggest problem associated with these is staining.  Iron and manganese in soluble water means the minerals dissolve in the water and the water appears clear.  Insoluble ferric iron will most often give water a rusty brown or yellow color.  Insoluble manganese will give the water a black color. This issue can be fixed with a water sediment filter. Let’s start with a free water test.

Nitrates are one of the most serious health concerns related to water. It is essential for well owners to test for nitrates in water throughout North Georgia every year as well as test for bacteria. Nitrates are introduced into water through both the erosion of natural deposits and from the use of fertilizers. Wells near chicken farms and fields that are fertilized with chicken manure tend to have higher than normal nitrate levels. Let’s test your water to be sure your family is safe.

Arsenic is not very common in North Georgia but it has been found in a few wells. It gets in the water from the erosion of natural deposits and runoff from orchards. Some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the MCL (maximum contaminant level) over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

We do Arsenic Testing as well as test for nitrates in water throughout North Georgia since these chemicals result in a similar filtration solution.The same processes used in treating nitrates can be used to treat for arsenic. Arsenic can also be removed using certain types of absorbing and oxidizing media but a detailed water analysis is required to determine how well they will work.

When North Georgia well water pH is too low it can cause damage to your homes plumbing and appliances by eating away at the metal components. It can also cause lead and copper to be leached out of your homes plumbing. When consumed at high enough levels this can become a health issue. If you know your home is plumbed with copper pipes you should have the pH of your water sampled. This is especially important if your home is more than 20 years old as some older homes may have been plumbed using lead solder.
The ideal pH range is between 6.5 and 8.5.

American water can test your well water and recommend a treatment method customized to your needs and giving you benefits like:

  • Saving up to 70% on soap and water usage from hard water removal.
  • Extending the life of your dishwasher, washing machine and water-based appliances.
  • Whiter, brighter and less scratchy clothes.
  • Cleaner fixtures, stain-free sinks, tubs and showers.
  • Softer skin and more manageable hair.
  • No more spotty dishes.