Water contamination is a serious health risk, and homeowners should know the signs that they're dealing with this issue in your Denver, Colorado home.
Lead contamination is particularly dangerous even with low levels of exposure. While the effects may not be as dire for adults, children are at risk, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In some cases, lead in drinking water results in learning disabilities, hearing impairment, stunted growth and other negative health outcomes in young children.
The dangers of water contamination are clear, but it's also crucial to understand what constitutes an issue, as not all changes to water quality indicate a health threat. Here's some information to help you determine if it's time to call for professional help:
What sensory cues mean
Changes in the smell, taste or color aren't necessarily an indication of contaminated water that could lead to health problems. However, these signs may mean it's time to contact your municipal water authorities. If the issue appears to be local to your home, contact a plumber as well. Also, keep in mind not all forms of water contamination will have a sensory cue.
When it comes to smells, malodorous aromas aren't the only cause for concern. Sweet smells can also indicate contamination. Any change in color or consistency - yellowing, cloudy water, foamy appearance - is a sign there's a problem. Color considerations extend to porcelain tubs or sinks, which contaminated water can stain. Many experience the chlorine taste of tap water, but keep an eye out for metallic or chemical tastes.
When to get a water quality test
If you experience any of the aforementioned changes to your water or see any other indicators of an issue, schedule a test. These reviews look at factors such as levels of bacteria, chemical contaminants, acidity and more.
If you suspect your home has lead or galvanized pipes, call your local Denver Roto-Rooter to come out for a free inspection and estimate.