Signs of Bad Water Quality

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Signs of Bad Water Quality

Did you know that the average American household uses more than 300 gallons of water daily? Water is necessary for everyday life as it ensures sanitary living conditions and helps us stay healthy. It is impossible to go an entire day without using water in some capacity in our homes. Because water plays such a central role in our lives, it must be of the highest and cleanest quality. In this blog, we will go over some of the key signs of bad water quality and give you some tips on what to do when you notice your water quality deteriorating. 

Do I Need to Call a Houma Plumber About My Water Quality?

Are you concerned about the water quality in your home? Consider these signs to call your local plumber for help. 

Unpleasant Taste or Odor

Nothing is more appealing than a drink of water to quench your thirst. However, nothing is more unappealing than an odd odor or funny taste when you take a sip. Weird smells and tastes can  indicate contamination in the water. Sometimes, the water is overtreated with chlorine or is contaminated with sulfur. In this case, you will need professional assistance to help resolve the situation. 


Have you been noticing your water looking white, yellow, or murky? This is probably due to sediment or rust in your water. You will need to call a Houma plumber who can either clean or replace your pipes or flush your water tank. 

Residue or Sediment

The accumulation of residue on your dishes or water fixtures also indicates poor water quality. Hard water will cause that residue buildup, which isn’t good for your household items, hair, skin, and overall health. 

Low Water Pressure

Poor water quality is also indicated by low water pressure. The pressure needs to be strong enough to wash out the shampoo from your hair and deliver water on a timely basis. If the water pressure decreased recently, it could be a sign of a leak or clog in the pipes. This issue will need to be investigated further by a Houma plumber

Presence of Contaminants

If you notice particles floating in your water, be alarmed and call a plumber as soon as possible. This is a result of contaminants flowing through the water supply, which must be rectified promptly to avoid illnesses. 

What To Do About Bad Water Quality 

So you’ve read all the signs of bad water quality and perhaps you’ve identified one or two of these signs in your home. Now what? What should be the next course of action? Below we provide some tips on what you can do to resolve the situation. 

Have Your Water Tested

First, it is important to begin by testing the water. Call a professional Houma plumber and ask them to test your water. They will identify any contaminants, investigate the reason for their presence, and suggest how to improve your water quality. 

Install a Water Treatment System

Sometimes all you need is to install a water treatment system to clean your water and remove any contaminants. These water systems usually include technology like reverse osmosis, activated carbon filters, and UV disinfection. 

Boil Your Water

If you know your water is contaminated but it will take some time to get treated, you can make it safe for consumption by boiling it. Allow it to boil for a full minute and cool it before drinking or cooking with it. 

Use Bottled Water 

While you wait for your water problems to be resolved, you can also use bottled water for drinking and cooking. Make sure the water is from a reputable company that you can trust. 

Call Your Local Leading Houma Plumbers 

Most importantly, call Doug’s Service Company if you feel that your water quality isn’t up to par. Our plumbers will work to diagnose and resolve the issue in a quick and efficient manner, restoring safety and sanitation in your home. Call us today at (985) 313-9922.

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