3 Plumbing System Issues Caused by Poor Water Quality

Water being poured into a glass from a water bottle


Water quality is important not just for your health but for the overall health of your plumbing system!  Public supplied water pulls water into treatment plants where organisms that are harmful to human health are removed or destroyed. This is done by using disinfectants called chloramine and chlorine as well as filtration systems.  This process can cause issues with your home’s plumbing system, including:


Chlorine used at water treatment plants can cause rubber seals, gaskets, and O-rings to break down and become brittle.  Once this happens, toilets and faucets oftentimes begin leaking or running constantly.  If you have a leaking or consistently running toilet or faucet, it may be time to have a Plumber test your water quality.

Corrosion build up on faucetCORROSION BUILD-UP

Scale and corrosion build-up can cause many issues with your plumbing system and fixtures.  Water treatments can increase this build-up which can lead to your pipes becoming constricted (much like an artery becoming blocked), causing drain issues.  In addition, corrosion build-up on your plumbing fixtures (faucets, showerheads, toilets) can cause them to start leaking or stop working altogether.  This can lead to costly repairs and replacements. 


Another major problem due to water quality is water heater failure.  If you have poor water quality, your water heater tank can develop internal corrosion faster, leading to your tank leaking and failing.  If your water heater has been replaced within 5 – 7 years, a plumber should analyze your water quality and determine the best solution to help prevent early water heater issues.

Water Quality Matters for you and your Plumbing System!

To learn more about water quality issues and how to solve them for your own health and the health of your plumbing system, contact us today.  We will have one of our Plumbing Technicians come and perform a water quality test and provide you with the best whole house solution for you! At Dependable Service Plumbing & Air, your water quality is our concern. Contact us today at 843-627-2337.