Water test — burlington, massachusetts

WATER TEST IN BURLINGTON, MASS

          WATER TEST & ANALYSIS

ON-SITE WATER TEST IN BURLINGTON

A water test for cer­tain items can be per­formed on-site with indus­try stan­dard test kits and get reli­able read­ings right at your home or busi­ness. Based on the results, a deter­mi­na­tion can be made whether or not a water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is nec­es­sary to remove the unwant­ed min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants. If so, options can be reviewed for select­ing the pre­ferred approach. The on-site water test can be per­formed for the fol­low­ing:

Hard­ness > Iron > pH > Total Dis­solved Solids (TDS) > Chlo­rine > Alka­lin­i­ty

For a more com­plete water test and analy­sis, we rec­om­mend pulling prop­er water sam­ples for test­ing at a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry.  In all cas­es, it is para­mount that water test­ing be per­formed in order to deter­mine whether or not a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is nec­es­sary.

Water test in Burlington, MA

WATER TESTING

WATER TESTING REQUIRING A LABORATORY

For health relat­ed con­t­a­m­i­nants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bac­te­ria, Nitrates or for more com­pre­hen­sive test­ing, we can assist you by prop­er­ly pulling water sam­ples of the right amounts, includ­ing com­ply­ing with required max­i­mum hold­ing peri­ods, tem­per­a­ture, and oth­er pro­to­col.   From there, we can bring the sam­ples to a cer­ti­fied lab for test­ing, which requires spe­cial­ized ana­lyt­i­cal equip­ment and pro­ce­dures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 test­ing lev­els (see link just below) or we can cus­tomize test­ing to your needs depend­ing on your spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion and rea­son for hav­ing your water test­ed. We can assist you in deter­min­ing which water test to have done.  The con­t­a­m­i­nants test­ed for under each of the three Groups are iden­ti­fied in detail at the fol­low­ing link Water-Test­ing-Sheet-.  Test­ing water from a pri­vate well will require more exten­sive test­ing than water com­ing from a munic­i­pal sup­ply which has already under­gone a cer­tain lev­el of test­ing. If you are sell­ing your home with a pri­vate well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspec­tor or bank may dic­tate what must be test­ed for. We will assist you in deter­min­ing which Group test­ing is right for you. Once the lab results become avail­able, we can ana­lyze the report, review it with you and deter­mine if any action is required. If a water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is required, we can review your options and deter­mine the most effec­tive approach for you.

For more infor­ma­tion on when and how often you should pull a water test and relat­ed infor­ma­tion, see the link at Water Test­ing link

PULLING YOUR OWN SAMPLES AND BRINGING THEM TO A LAB FOR WATER TESTING

If you’d pre­fer to take water sam­ples and bring them to the lab your­self, we can direct you to the near­est one for instruc­tions, etc. Once you get the results, we can ana­lyze and review them with you.

Water test in Burlington, Ma

Water test in Burlington, Massachusetts

H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, with offices in Middleton, MA (route 114) and Hudson, MA (route 62) .  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 978–777-8330.

Whole house water filtration — burlington, ma

whole house water filtration systems Burlington, MA

              WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

Whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tems come in var­i­ous types and sizes to address the poten­tial water qual­i­ty issues expe­ri­enced in well water and town water in Burling­ton, MA and oth­er parts of New Eng­land. Both match­ing the right tech­nol­o­gy and siz­ing the sys­tem to meet the water usage demands of your home is key after ana­lyz­ing water test results.  Addi­tion­al­ly, a pro­fes­sion­al­ly plumbed sys­tem is crit­i­cal as well as main­te­nance of the sys­tem through­out the years to opti­mize the use­ful life and prop­er func­tion­ing of your new equip­ment as it process­es thou­sands of gal­lons of water every month.

While symp­toms of water qual­i­ty issues such as bad odors & taste, stain­ing of laun­dry, bath­room fix­tures, etc. are indi­ca­tors of prob­lems, the pre­ferred start­ing point is to get a water test to iden­ti­fy the min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water and at what quan­ti­ty they exist.  This will lead to an effec­tive sys­tem rec­om­men­da­tion and route to pro­vid­ing your home with excel­lent water qual­i­ty.  While cer­tain min­er­als & con­t­a­m­i­nants can be test­ed on-site, health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and oth­ers should be prop­er­ly sam­pled and brought to a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry for test­ing that requires spe­cial­ized equip­ment.

WATER SOFTENERS FOR HARD WATER, IRON & MANGANESE

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER SOFTENING

A water soft­en­er is a type of whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that is designed for remov­ing hard water min­er­als (mag­ne­sium & cal­ci­um) as well as dis­solved iron and man­ganese from the water. Water is con­sid­ered “hard” when water con­tains high­er lev­els of dis­solved cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium. Hard water makes clean­ing clothes more dif­fi­cult, cre­ates streak­ing on dish­es and glass­es, and makes clean­ing your hair and skin well a chal­lenge.  Hard water can also dam­age your home’s pip­ing dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem if not cor­rect­ed.  Hard water makes it hard to clean. There are high effi­cien­cy fil­tra­tion solu­tions that will con­di­tion your hard water by remov­ing these hard water min­er­als through the proven ion exchange water soft­en­ing process. For water with high lev­els of iron or man­ganese (“the stain­ers”), an “upflow” water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed to pre­vent min­er­al build-up in the bot­tom of the water soft­en­er.  Also, high effi­cien­cy water soft­en­ers that are more effi­cient with both water and salt usage are pre­ferred.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS FOR OTHER WATER QUALITY ISSUES

CHLORINE SMELL & TASTE IN WATERCHLORINE SMELL AND TASTE IN WATER in Burlington, MA

There are var­i­ous objec­tion­able smells and tastes that may present them­selves in drink­ing water sup­plies, where from a pri­vate well or pub­lic water sup­ply.  Home­own­ers on pub­lic water sup­plies often cite an objec­tion­able chlo­rine smell & taste.  Chlo­ri­na­tion is the process of adding chlo­rine to drink­ing water to dis­in­fect it and kill germs. It is the most com­mon method employed by cities and towns used for this pur­pose. While the chem­i­cal could be harm­ful in high dos­es, when it is prop­er­ly added to water it mix­es and results in low lev­els that kill germs but are still safe to drink. The dos­ing lev­els of chlo­rine may vary dur­ing the course of the year. Dur­ing the sum­mer months when the water heats up, the poten­tial for increased bac­te­r­i­al activ­i­ty typ­i­cal­ly is coun­tered with high­er dos­es of chlo­rine. Also, depend­ing on where your home is in the dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem, you may have a high­er lev­el of chlo­rine in your water if you live clos­er to the water treat­ment plant and less if you are far­ther down­stream.

The smell and taste giv­en off by high­ly chlo­ri­nat­ed water can be very off putting. Who hasn’t lift­ed a water glass in a restau­rant to a heavy whiff of chlo­rine? A car­bon fil­ter or car­bon fil­tra­tion sys­tem is very effec­tive at remov­ing this annoy­ing water qual­i­ty issue as well as some oth­er bad odors and tastes.  For more detail on var­i­ous types of odors & tastes with respec­tive caus­es and whole house water fil­tra­tion solu­tions, see the link at Bad Tastes & Odors in Water.

FISHY, MUSTY SMELL & TASTE IN WATERWHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS FOR BAD SMELL IN WATER in Burlington, MA

If you’re notic­ing this bad odor in your water in the sum­mer­time, it is like­ly being caused by algae blooms. Lakes and reser­voirs often see an increase in algae bloom­ing on the sur­face of the water when there is plen­ty of warmth and direct sun­light. Although water treat­ment facil­i­ties remove the algae from the water, the par­ti­cles that cause the fishy bad odor can some­times be detect­ed by peo­ple who are sen­si­tive to musty or mildew like smells. The pres­ence of these par­ti­cles do not pose any direct threat to your health, but if you are on a pub­lic water sup­ply, you may want to con­tact the water divi­sion of your town and get an expla­na­tion from them.

Anoth­er cause of this fishy bad smell may be the com­bi­na­tion of chlo­rine and ammo­nia which togeth­er cre­ate a com­pound called Chlo­ramine. This is often used to dis­in­fect pub­lic water sources (as a sub­sti­tute for chlo­rine) and can some­times pro­duce an unpleas­ant aro­ma in your water. Sur­face water sources, such as reser­voirs con­tain organ­ic mat­ter that, when com­bined with chlo­rine at the water treat­ment plant, can cause by-prod­uct com­pounds called Tri­halomethanes and Haloacetic Acids. These have proven to be a health threat, and as such, many towns have switched to Chlo­ramine to avoid this. For more on Chlo­ramine see the link at: EPA Chlo­ramine.  Whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tems will cor­rect this annoy­ing water qual­i­ty issue.

ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER rotten egg smell in water Burlington, ma

Rot­ten egg smell is a com­mon water qual­i­ty issue in the New Eng­land region usu­al­ly caused by Hydro­gen sul­fide.  Hydro­gen sul­fide is a col­or­less gas that can exist nat­u­ral­ly in ground­wa­ter. Sul­fur-reduc­ing bac­te­ria present in ground­wa­ter use sul­fur as an ener­gy source to chem­i­cal­ly change sul­fates to hydro­gen sul­fide which releas­es a rot­ten egg smell in water. The bac­te­ria use sul­fur from decay­ing plants and oth­er organ­ic mat­ter in oxy­gen-defi­cient envi­ron­ments. They can occur in deep or shal­low wells, and reside in plumb­ing sys­tems. Hydro­gen sul­fide can reveal itself in oth­er ways too. Hot water heaters that have a mag­ne­sium rod used for cor­ro­sion con­trol can chem­i­cal­ly reduce sul­fates to Hydro­gen sul­fide. Oth­er than releas­ing a rot­ten egg smell in water, Hydro­gen sul­fide may be cor­ro­sive and can leach met­als from plumb­ing sys­tems into the water. The result of this cor­ro­sion of met­als by Hydro­gen sul­fide can be a black pre­cip­i­tate that can stain laun­dry and bath­room fix­tures, dark­en sil­ver­ware, and dis­col­or cop­per and brass uten­sils.  Also, at high lev­els, Hydro­gen sul­fide can pose seri­ous health threats.  There are var­i­ous tech­nolo­gies for remov­ing this prob­lem, depend­ing on its lev­el in your water.  Ozone, car­bon fil­tra­tion and aer­a­tion are some meth­ods avail­able.  For more on this top­ic, see the link at: OSHA H2S Link.

GASOLINE OR PETROCHEMICAL TYPE SMELL

SMELLY WATER in Burlington

If you notice a bad odor or taste in your water which is like diesel or petrol, there’s a quick check you can do to work out where it may be com­ing from. Pour a glass or water from the tap you’ve noticed the smell or taste from. Take this into anoth­er room if pos­si­ble, or as far away from the tap itself. If the smell or taste dis­ap­pears, this could mean there is a prob­lem with the drain near the tap, it may not be con­nect­ed prop­er­ly. If the bad odor is still there it could be because there are petro­chem­i­cals around the area of your water pipes. You should check for any fuel leaks on your dri­ve­way or on the road near your prop­er­ty. It is also pos­si­ble that leak­age from a gaso­line stor­age tank in the area is caus­ing this, there­fore you may want to con­tact your town to find out if they are aware of any sit­u­a­tions that may have affect­ed the well where you live. This leak­age could have hap­pened a long time ago and has begun find­ing its way into the aquifer sup­ply­ing your well.  Depend­ing on the water test and analy­sis, this water qual­i­ty issue can be cor­rect­ed with sev­er­al tech­nolo­gies, includ­ing car­bon fil­tra­tion, oxi­da­tion and ozone.

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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA at 259 South Main St. (Rte. 114) with an additional office in Hudson, MA.  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.     
Whole house water filtration in Burlington, MA

    WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

Rotten egg smell in water — haverhill, mass

Rotten egg smell in water in Haverhill, MA

WATER FILTRATION FOR ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER

ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER

rotten egg smell in water Haverhill, ma

The most preva­lent cause of rot­ten egg smell in water in this region is hydro­gen sul­fide.  Hydro­gen sul­fide is a col­or­less gas that can exist nat­u­ral­ly in ground­wa­ter. Sul­fur-reduc­ing bac­te­ria present in ground­wa­ter use sul­fur as an ener­gy source to chem­i­cal­ly change sul­fates to hydro­gen sul­fide which releas­es a rot­ten egg smell in water. The bac­te­ria use sul­fur from decay­ing plants and oth­er organ­ic mat­ter in oxy­gen-defi­cient envi­ron­ments. They can occur in deep or shal­low wells, and reside in plumb­ing sys­tems. Hydro­gen sul­fide can reveal itself in oth­er ways too. Hot water heaters that have a mag­ne­sium rod used for cor­ro­sion con­trol can chem­i­cal­ly reduce sul­fates to hydro­gen sul­fide. Hydro­gen sul­fide also can enter sur­face water through springs as well.   It is most com­mon in shale and sand­stone. The occur­rence of hydro­gen sul­fide gas has been asso­ci­at­ed with ground­wa­ter with low pH and/or ground­wa­ter with high lev­els of iron and/or man­ganese (typ­i­cal water qual­i­ty issues in New Eng­land).  Hydro­gen sul­fide has a pun­gent smell at low con­cen­tra­tions and most peo­ple can detect con­cen­tra­tions above 0.03 ppm. There is no Max­i­mum Con­t­a­m­i­nant Lev­el estab­lished by the Unit­ed States EPA.

DOES HYDROGEN SULFIDE POSE A HEALTH RISK OR JUST AN AESTHETIC ISSUE?

Usu­al­ly it is not a health risk at con­cen­tra­tions present in house­hold water.  How­ev­er, hydro­gen sul­fide gas is flam­ma­ble and poi­so­nous at high con­cen­tra­tions. Buildup of hydro­gen sul­fide con­cen­tra­tions in con­fined areas has been known to cause adverse health effects.

Bac­te­ria in ground­wa­ter are respon­si­ble for most of the sul­fide smells detect­ed while sam­pling water wells. These are not often asso­ci­at­ed with high enough con­cen­tra­tions to be a health issue. In rare cas­es, sul­fide pres­ence may be due to sewage pol­lu­tion. If you expe­ri­ence a hydro­gen sul­fide odor sud­den­ly, con­sult with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem pro­fes­sion­al.

OTHER AFFECTS — Oth­er than releas­ing a rot­ten egg smell in water, hydro­gen sul­fide is cor­ro­sive and can leach met­als from plumb­ing sys­tems into the water. The result of this cor­ro­sion of met­als by hydro­gen sul­fide can be  a black pre­cip­i­tate that can stain laun­dry and bath­room fix­tures, dark­en sil­ver­ware, and dis­col­or cop­per and brass uten­sils.

HOW TO GET RID OF THE ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER

rotten egg smell in my water in Haverhill, MA

While there are a num­ber of tech­nolo­gies avail­able to remove the rot­ten egg smell in your water, it can­not be viewed in a vac­u­um.  The pH lev­el, iron & man­ganese lev­els, as well as oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants present in the water must be eval­u­at­ed for an effec­tive, com­pre­hen­sive solu­tion to this issue.  Some of the tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems that may be used include:

  • Ozone treat­ment cre­ates a chem­i­cal reac­tion that pre­cip­i­tates sul­fur. Ozone is effec­tive for con­cen­tra­tions up to 10 ppm.
  • Oxi­diz­ing fil­ters will work for con­cen­tra­tions up to 6 ppm. The fil­ter con­tains sand with a man­ganese diox­ide coat­ing that changes hydro­gen sul­fide gas to tiny par­ti­cles of sul­fur that are trapped inside the fil­ter.
  • Acti­vat­ed car­bon fil­ters can be effec­tive when hydro­gen sul­fide is present in low lev­els (up to about 0.3 ppm). The hydro­gen sul­fide is absorbed onto the sur­face of the car­bon par­ti­cles. Fil­ters require peri­od­ic replace­ment and can har­bor sul­fate-reduc­ing bac­te­ria
  • Shock chlo­ri­na­tion of your well may reduce the hydro­gen sul­fide-pro­duc­ing bac­te­ria. It’s most effec­tive in water with a pH between 5 and 7 and inef­fec­tive in alka­line (high­er pH) water.  An acti­vat­ed car­bon fil­ter may be nec­es­sary to remove resid­ual chlo­rine or small amounts of remain­ing hydro­gen sul­fide.
  • Oxi­da­tion removes hydro­gen sul­fide con­cen­tra­tions exceed­ing 6 ppm. It can be done by aer­a­tion, chlo­ri­na­tion, and potas­si­um per­man­ganate.
  • Water heater mod­i­fi­ca­tion is nec­es­sary when hydro­gen sul­fide is caus­ing an odor with­in the water heat­ing sys­tem. Replac­ing the mag­ne­sium cor­ro­sion con­trol rod with one made of alu­minum or oth­er met­als usu­al­ly improves the sit­u­a­tion, how­ev­er, you should check the manufacturer’s war­ran­ty on the water heater to make sure you aren’t void­ing the war­ran­ty.

OTHER WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

There are dif­fer­ent types and sizes of whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tems avail­able to address the var­i­ous types of poten­tial water qual­i­ty issues expe­ri­enced in Haver­hill. Select­ing the ones that address the water qual­i­ty issues that have been iden­ti­fied and that you are con­cerned with is the task at hand.  Not only is match­ing the right tech­nol­o­gy impor­tant, but also siz­ing the sys­tem to meet the water usage demands of your home is very impor­tant.  Last, but not least, a pro­fes­sion­al­ly plumbed sys­tem is also crit­i­cal as well as main­te­nance of the sys­tem through­out the years to opti­mize the use­ful life and prop­er func­tion­ing of your new equip­ment.

While symp­toms of water qual­i­ty issues such as bad odors & taste, stain­ing of laun­dry, bath­room fix­tures, etc. are indi­ca­tors of prob­lems, the pre­ferred start­ing point is to get a water test to iden­ti­fy the min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water and at what quan­ti­ty they exist.  This will lead to an effec­tive sys­tem rec­om­men­da­tion and route to pro­vid­ing your home with excel­lent water qual­i­ty.  While cer­tain min­er­als & con­t­a­m­i­nants can be test­ed on-site, health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and oth­ers should be prop­er­ly sam­pled and brought to a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry for test­ing that requires spe­cial­ized equip­ment.

WATER SOFTENERS

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER SOFTENERS

A water soft­en­er is a type of whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that is designed for remov­ing hard water min­er­als (mag­ne­sium & cal­ci­um) as well as dis­solved iron and man­ganese from the water.  For water with high lev­els of iron or man­ganese (“the stain­ers”), an “up-flow”  water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed to pre­vent min­er­al build-up in the bot­tom of the water soft­en­er.  Also, high effi­cien­cy water soft­en­ers that are more effi­cient with both water and salt usage are pre­ferred.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR OTHER CONTAMINANTS

Oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants found in New Eng­land well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water soft­en­er will not remove these health threat con­t­a­m­i­nants. Radon in water is safe­ly removed with an aer­a­tion sys­tem that agi­tates the incom­ing well water, releas­ing the gas from the water in a sealed cham­ber. This gas is then safe­ly vent­ed to the out­side ambi­ent air.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR RADON

Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing tanks filled with arsenic spe­cif­ic resin that cap­tures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water sup­ply.  Point of use sys­tems for drink­ing water can use reverse osmo­sis tech­nol­o­gy to effec­tive­ly remove arsenic as well. Speak to a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al to decide which sys­tem is right for you.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

In addi­tion to the above sys­tems described, there are many oth­er types of sys­tems to remove bad tastes & odors, sed­i­ment and many oth­er objec­tion­able min­er­als and con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water.  Start­ing with a water test will dic­tate the right approach.  For more on oth­er bad odors and tastes in water found in this region, see link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

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H2O Care, Inc. is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.
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WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

Rotten egg smell in water — wilmington, mass

Rotten egg smell in water in Wilmington, MA

WATER FILTRATION FOR ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER

ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER

rotten egg smell in water boxford, ma

The most preva­lent cause of rot­ten egg smell in water in this region is hydro­gen sul­fide.  Hydro­gen sul­fide is a col­or­less gas that can exist nat­u­ral­ly in ground­wa­ter. Sul­fur-reduc­ing bac­te­ria present in ground­wa­ter use sul­fur as an ener­gy source to chem­i­cal­ly change sul­fates to hydro­gen sul­fide which releas­es a rot­ten egg smell in water. The bac­te­ria use sul­fur from decay­ing plants and oth­er organ­ic mat­ter in oxy­gen-defi­cient envi­ron­ments. They can occur in deep or shal­low wells, and reside in plumb­ing sys­tems. Hydro­gen sul­fide can reveal itself in oth­er ways too. Hot water heaters that have a mag­ne­sium rod used for cor­ro­sion con­trol can chem­i­cal­ly reduce sul­fates to hydro­gen sul­fide. Hydro­gen sul­fide also can enter sur­face water through springs as well.   It is most com­mon in shale and sand­stone. The occur­rence of hydro­gen sul­fide gas has been asso­ci­at­ed with ground­wa­ter with low pH and/or ground­wa­ter with high lev­els of iron and/or man­ganese (typ­i­cal water qual­i­ty issues in New Eng­land).  Hydro­gen sul­fide has a pun­gent smell at low con­cen­tra­tions and most peo­ple can detect con­cen­tra­tions above 0.03 ppm. There is no Max­i­mum Con­t­a­m­i­nant Lev­el estab­lished by the Unit­ed States EPA.

DOES HYDROGEN SULFIDE POSE A HEALTH RISK OR JUST AN AESTHETIC ISSUE?

Usu­al­ly it is not a health risk at con­cen­tra­tions present in house­hold water.  How­ev­er, hydro­gen sul­fide gas is flam­ma­ble and poi­so­nous at high con­cen­tra­tions. Buildup of hydro­gen sul­fide con­cen­tra­tions in con­fined areas has been known to cause adverse health effects.

Bac­te­ria in ground­wa­ter are respon­si­ble for most of the sul­fide smells detect­ed while sam­pling water wells. These are not often asso­ci­at­ed with high enough con­cen­tra­tions to be a health issue. In rare cas­es, sul­fide pres­ence may be due to sewage pol­lu­tion. If you expe­ri­ence a hydro­gen sul­fide odor sud­den­ly, con­sult with a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem pro­fes­sion­al.

OTHER AFFECTS — Oth­er than releas­ing a rot­ten egg smell in water, hydro­gen sul­fide is cor­ro­sive and can leach met­als from plumb­ing sys­tems into the water. The result of this cor­ro­sion of met­als by hydro­gen sul­fide can be  a black pre­cip­i­tate that can stain laun­dry and bath­room fix­tures, dark­en sil­ver­ware, and dis­col­or cop­per and brass uten­sils.

GETTING RID OF THE ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER

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While there are a num­ber of tech­nolo­gies avail­able to remove the rot­ten egg smell in your water, it can­not be viewed in a vac­u­um.  The pH lev­el, iron & man­ganese lev­els, as well as oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants present in the water must be eval­u­at­ed for an effec­tive, com­pre­hen­sive solu­tion to this issue.  Some of the tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems that may be used include:

  • Ozone treat­ment cre­ates a chem­i­cal reac­tion that pre­cip­i­tates sul­fur. Ozone is effec­tive for con­cen­tra­tions up to 10 ppm.
  • Oxi­diz­ing fil­ters will work for con­cen­tra­tions up to 6 ppm. The fil­ter con­tains sand with a man­ganese diox­ide coat­ing that changes hydro­gen sul­fide gas to tiny par­ti­cles of sul­fur that are trapped inside the fil­ter.
  • Acti­vat­ed car­bon fil­ters can be effec­tive when hydro­gen sul­fide is present in low lev­els (up to about 0.3 ppm). The hydro­gen sul­fide is absorbed onto the sur­face of the car­bon par­ti­cles. Fil­ters require peri­od­ic replace­ment and can har­bor sul­fate-reduc­ing bac­te­ria
  • Shock chlo­ri­na­tion of your well may reduce the hydro­gen sul­fide-pro­duc­ing bac­te­ria. It’s most effec­tive in water with a pH between 5 and 7 and inef­fec­tive in alka­line (high­er pH) water.  An acti­vat­ed car­bon fil­ter may be nec­es­sary to remove resid­ual chlo­rine or small amounts of remain­ing hydro­gen sul­fide.
  • Oxi­da­tion removes hydro­gen sul­fide con­cen­tra­tions exceed­ing 6 ppm. It can be done by aer­a­tion, chlo­ri­na­tion, and potas­si­um per­man­ganate.
  • Water heater mod­i­fi­ca­tion is nec­es­sary when hydro­gen sul­fide is caus­ing an odor with­in the water heat­ing sys­tem. Replac­ing the mag­ne­sium cor­ro­sion con­trol rod with one made of alu­minum or oth­er met­als usu­al­ly improves the sit­u­a­tion, how­ev­er, you should check the manufacturer’s war­ran­ty on the water heater to make sure you aren’t void­ing the war­ran­ty.

OTHER WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

There are dif­fer­ent types and sizes of whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tems avail­able to address the var­i­ous types of poten­tial water qual­i­ty issues expe­ri­enced in Wilm­ing­ton. Select­ing the ones that address the water qual­i­ty issues that have been iden­ti­fied and that you are con­cerned with is the task at hand.  Not only is match­ing the right tech­nol­o­gy impor­tant, but also siz­ing the sys­tem to meet the water usage demands of your home is very impor­tant.  Last, but not least, a pro­fes­sion­al­ly plumbed sys­tem is also crit­i­cal as well as main­te­nance of the sys­tem through­out the years to opti­mize the use­ful life and prop­er func­tion­ing of your new equip­ment.

While symp­toms of water qual­i­ty issues such as bad odors & taste, stain­ing of laun­dry, bath­room fix­tures, etc. are indi­ca­tors of prob­lems, the pre­ferred start­ing point is to get a water test to iden­ti­fy the min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water and at what quan­ti­ty they exist.  This will lead to an effec­tive sys­tem rec­om­men­da­tion and route to pro­vid­ing your home with excel­lent water qual­i­ty.  While cer­tain min­er­als & con­t­a­m­i­nants can be test­ed on-site, health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and oth­ers should be prop­er­ly sam­pled and brought to a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry for test­ing that requires spe­cial­ized equip­ment.

WATER SOFTENERS

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER SOFTENERS

A water soft­en­er is a type of whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that is designed for remov­ing hard water min­er­als (mag­ne­sium & cal­ci­um) as well as dis­solved iron and man­ganese from the water.  For water with high lev­els of iron or man­ganese (“the stain­ers”), an “up-flow”  water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed to pre­vent min­er­al build-up in the bot­tom of the water soft­en­er.  Also, high effi­cien­cy water soft­en­ers that are more effi­cient with both water and salt usage are pre­ferred.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR OTHER CONTAMINANTS

Oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants found in New Eng­land well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water soft­en­er will not remove these health threat con­t­a­m­i­nants. Radon in water is safe­ly removed with an aer­a­tion sys­tem that agi­tates the incom­ing well water, releas­ing the gas from the water in a sealed cham­ber. This gas is then safe­ly vent­ed to the out­side ambi­ent air.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR RADON

Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing tanks filled with arsenic spe­cif­ic resin that cap­tures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water sup­ply.  Point of use sys­tems for drink­ing water can use reverse osmo­sis tech­nol­o­gy to effec­tive­ly remove arsenic as well. Speak to a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al to decide which sys­tem is right for you.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

In addi­tion to the above sys­tems described, there are many oth­er types of sys­tems to remove bad tastes & odors, sed­i­ment and many oth­er objec­tion­able min­er­als and con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water.  Start­ing with a water test will dic­tate the right approach.  For more on oth­er bad odors and tastes in water found in this region, see link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

Remove rotten egg smell from water in Wilmington, MA

 

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H2O Care, Inc. is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100.
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WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

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Water test in Woburn

          WATER TEST & ANALYSIS

ON-SITE WATER TEST IN WOBURN

A water test for cer­tain items can be per­formed on-site with indus­try stan­dard test kits and get reli­able read­ings right at your home. Based on the results, a deter­mi­na­tion can be made whether or not a water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is nec­es­sary to remove the unwant­ed min­er­als or con­t­a­m­i­nants. If so, options can be reviewed for select­ing the pre­ferred approach. The on-site water test can be per­formed for the fol­low­ing:

Hard­ness > Iron > pH > Total Dis­solved Solids (TDS) > Chlo­rine > Alka­lin­i­ty

For a more com­plete water test and analy­sis, we rec­om­mend pulling prop­er water sam­ples for test­ing at a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry.  In all cas­es, it is para­mount that water test­ing be per­formed in order to deter­mine whether or not a water fil­tra­tion sys­tem or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is nec­es­sary.

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      WATER TESTING

WATER TESTING THAT REQUIRES A LABORATORY

For health relat­ed con­t­a­m­i­nants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bac­te­ria, Nitrates or for more com­pre­hen­sive test­ing, we can assist you by prop­er­ly pulling water sam­ples of the right amounts, includ­ing com­ply­ing with required max­i­mum hold­ing peri­ods, tem­per­a­ture, and oth­er pro­to­col.   From there, we can bring the sam­ples to a cer­ti­fied lab for test­ing, which requires spe­cial­ized ana­lyt­i­cal equip­ment and pro­ce­dures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 test­ing lev­els (see link just below) or we can cus­tomize test­ing to your needs depend­ing on your spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion and rea­son for hav­ing your water test­ed. We can assist you in deter­min­ing which water test to have done.  The con­t­a­m­i­nants test­ed for under each of the three Groups are iden­ti­fied in detail at the fol­low­ing link Water-Test­ing-Sheet-.  Test­ing water from a pri­vate well will require more exten­sive test­ing than water com­ing from a munic­i­pal sup­ply which has already under­gone a cer­tain lev­el of test­ing. If you are sell­ing your home with a pri­vate well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspec­tor or bank may dic­tate what must be test­ed for. We will assist you in deter­min­ing which Group test­ing is right for you. Once the lab results become avail­able, we can ana­lyze the report, review it with you and deter­mine if any action is required. If a water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing sys­tem is required, we can review your options and deter­mine the most effec­tive approach for you.

For more infor­ma­tion on when and how often you should pull a water test and relat­ed infor­ma­tion, see the link at Water Test­ing link

PULLING YOUR OWN SAMPLES AND BRINGING THEM TO A LAB FOR WATER TESTING

If you’d pre­fer to take water sam­ples and bring them to the lab your­self, we can direct you to the near­est one for instruc­tions, etc. Once you get the results, we can ana­lyze and review them with you.

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H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, based in Middleton, MA on route 114 (259 South Main St.) with an additional office in Hudson, MA.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 978–777-8330.
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