Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Treating your tap water right: reasons to look after your Edmonton home plumbing

Although not many Edmontonians realize it, Edmonton enjoys some of the highest-quality tap water in the world.

However, a lot of homeowners in Edmonton have found that the tap water there experiences a few curious issues compared to the tap water found on the mountains. In spring time, particularly, it often smells of chlorine, and while it is high in quality, it rarely ever seems to be perfect.

The first is a natural byproduct of EPCOR's attempts to treat enormous amounts of spring runoff, and it's as inevitable as it is harmless. The second, however, is a curious perception. While Edmonton's water is different from what those living in mountain cities like Jasper are used to, it is still very hard (about 6.3 grains, very close to the truly "hard" end of things).

Any perception that one's tap water is low-quality can come from the taps themselves. Although Edmonton's somewhat hard water does help to keep pipes healthy longer, homes can survive dozens of winters without ever truly needing renovation of their plumbing.

Even when it's not needed, though, improved plumbing can be beneficial – to your tap water quality, but also to the throughput of shower water, and your home's long-term health and value. Always keep in mind that the water you use passes through – and requires – good plumbing.

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