City water is notorious for tasting like minerals and chemicals, but with the right water filter, you could change your San Diego water for the better. While the EPA mandates an extensive list of toxins be filtered from your drinking water, there are still hundreds of contaminants that make it to your taps. If you’ve experienced flood damage, your home filter’s capabilities may be compromised. Before replacing your filters, contact ServiceMaster Absolute for comprehensive water damage restoration in San Diego, CA.

The drinking water in California is repeatedly named among the worst in the country. Being aware of the contaminants present in San Diego water can help you protect your family or employees.

Chlorine is not EPA-regulated and is often found in tap water. The EPA does not consider chlorine, though it is a known carcinogen, to be dangerous in low levels. However, even traces of chlorine can leave your water with a bad taste and smell. Fortunately, most whole house filters can adequately filter chlorine from your drinking water.

Manganese is a metal contaminant specific to the San Diego area drinking water. Manganese is a byproduct of industrial manufacturing, and industry runoff can introduce toxic levels of manganese to your water source. Distilling water can effectively remove heavy metals like manganese but should be used in combination with other purification methods.

Trihalomethane, while technically EPA-regulated, may still be a danger to San Diego residents. The EPA only regulates up to a certain level of trihalomethane (a disinfection by-product containing chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, and bromoform). The toxin was continuously found in levels over the EPA standard in the San Diego area.

Iron is not necessarily toxic to humans in the diluted amounts found in San Diego drinking water, but it can still be a nuisance if not filtered out. Iron deposits in water will stain sinks, tubs, clothing, and appliances. It can also contribute to rapid scale build-up in pipes and water tanks.

Calcium and magnesium, like iron, do not pose significant threat to human health, but are the leading cause of hard water. Without a water softener, hard water can clog drains and leave crusty deposits in tubs, showers, and sinks. It can also be harsh on hair and skin, clothing, and glass dishes.

Before you replace your water filters to remove these contaminants, contact ServiceMaster Absolute for water damage restoration in San Diego, CA.