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Why Does my Drinking Water Taste Salty?

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Nothing is worse than expecting a refreshing drink of water, only to have it taste as salty as the ocean. Gross!

There could be several reasons why your water has that salty taste, and it could come from your water softener or water heater.

1. Many communities that thrive off the coast see this problem when saltwater has infiltrated the water source of your water softener or heater. This can be frustrating since it means you must call the public water utility company to see what’s going on with the groundwater in your community. You’ll also need to contact a reliable plumber, such as Michael’s Plumbing, to look into the pipes leading to your home to see where the problem might lead.

2. There may be iron and manganese contaminating your water source. This could produce more of a metallic taste, rather than a salty taste, to your water. Corrosive water causes corrosion and leakage within the metallic part of your water heater, which can lead to complete damage.

3. If your hot water has a chemical taste, this likely means there is contamination in the water source due to the discharge of waste from septic tanks into the community’s water system. If this occurs, it is imperative to contact the local water authorities to take action immediately.

4. Fine sand, gravel, or hard water that contains high levels of calcium and magnesium salts tends to change the texture of your water to a more abrasive texture with a salty taste. This water also causes scum and white deposits in your water heater while also affecting your other water-using appliances.

What can you do about it?
First, discuss your issues with your local water supplier so they can help pinpoint the causes. No matter the amount of work a plumber does to your home’s system, if the problem isn’t fixed at the source, it can continue to wreak havoc on your water heater and appliances.

Then, contact the professionals at Michael’s Plumbing at (407) 219-9772. We can work with you to improve the efficiency of your water softener in the best way possible, so it doesn’t affect the workings of your water heater. Some water softener systems might not work well with just any water heater because their use can affect the longevity of some parts of your water heater, such as the anode rod. 

For residents living in the local Orlando area, we can also work with you to provide a high-quality water heater to help avoid any funny tastes or smells from your home’s water. Low-quality heaters cannot sustain the abuse of abrasive water. Ensuring that you can invest in the best heater for your budget and home allows for longer-lasting, better-tasting water without the hassle.

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