Drinking water systems protect you and your household from the effects of contaminated water. But, you may not tell whether and when you need one. So, watch out for the signs below that indicate your home needs a drinking water system.

1. Your Water Tastes Odd

Quality water shouldn't have any strong taste. So, have a certified water specialist evaluate the root cause if you notice an abnormal taste. For example, metallic and moldy drinking water tastes indicate that you need a drinking water system: 

  • Metallic taste. High concentrations of metals such as manganese, zinc, and iron are the typical culprits behind a metallic test. Minute levels of metals aren't harmful, but you will need a drinking water system if the concentration is more than the set safety standard.

  • Moldy taste. Algae bloom in water sources can cause your home water to taste earthy, musty, or dirty. Bacterial growth, too, can cause a moldy smell, but you can correct the problem with a drinking water system.

2. Your Home Is Old or Near Polluted Areas

Environmental conditions determine your water quality. For example, you may need a drinking water system if your home is near an industrial runoff or if you have lead pipes. Also, old, leaky plumbing systems can contaminate your water as pollutants leach into your water supply.

Your plumbing system is more likely to have lead pipes if your home was built before 1986. Because lead toxicity may be high, install a drinking water system if your home is old. Otherwise, lead may accumulate in your body and causes health complications like kidney and reproductive issues.

3. Your Family Has Stomach Complications

Long-term exposure to hazardous contaminants can make you and your family sick. Unfortunately, some pollutants have no taste or smell. So, you can install a drinking water system for caution. The drinking water system is especially crucial if you have an elderly or immunocompromised family member. 

Some waterborne pathogens that cause stomach complications include viruses and bacteria. You can tell the possibility of the contaminants' presence if your household members experience frequent abdominal cramps, diarrhea, or nausea.

First, consult your medical caregiver to identify whether the root cause of any symptoms is water. Then, install a drinking water system to solve the problem.

Drinking water systems are vital for your family's health and safety. In addition, a drinking water system can solve contaminated water problems you didn't notice and improves your well-being and peace of mind. Therefore, don't hesitate to get a drinking water system if you notice any of the issues above.