A water filtration and softener system removes dirt, debris, minerals, and harmful chemicals from the water to improve the taste, quality, and safety of water in the home. With routine maintenance, a water filtration system should function properly for a few years. Eventually, however, the system will show signs it’s time for a new system. Here are a few signs homeowners in Kansas City should be on the lookout for.

1. Foul odor

A system that is no longer filtering water properly will release water that smells unusual and unpleasant. Various chemicals and minerals can cause a foul odor. For example, sulfur bacteria or hydrogen sulfide can cause water to smell like rotten eggs. If the water smells fishy, the cause could be organic matter, such as decaying leaves or broken-down plants.

2. Visible sediment

If you see bits of dirt or debris in tap water, then that’s a clear sign you need to replace the filter, repair a damaged part, or possibly install a new entire filtration system. 

3. Decreased water pressure

A weak flow of water from the tap or the refrigerator could indicate decreased water pressure. You may also have a clogged water filter. Check the water filter and replace it, if necessary. If you still experience decreased water pressure, call Roger The Plumber for professional plumbing service in Kansas City.

4. Strange taste

Water that tastes medicinal or bitter may be due to copper, typically from corrosion in copper plumbing. At a level of 1.3 milligrams of copper per liter of water, the metal can turn light hair greenish. Higher levels of 60 mg/L will lead to physical health issues like stomach cramps and intestinal discomfort. 

A metallic water taste may be caused by zinc, iron, and manganese. Pipe corrosion can increase levels of zinc in water, while iron and manganese can stain plumbing fixtures, appliances, and laundry.

5. Clogs

The risk of sediment buildup in pipes increases if water is filtered improperly. Homeowners will need to remove the blockage and replace the water system’s filter or the entire filtration system to prevent future clogs.

6. Strange sounds

Grinding or squeaking noises from the water filtration system may indicate it’s time to replace the system. Contact Roger The Plumber today to schedule a consultation for a new water filtration system.

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