Why Does my Water Taste Like Metal?

December 14, 2016 | Water Issues

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If you’ve noticed your water tastes like metal, it can probably come as a shock. Don’t be alarmed, there are many things which can cause water to taste like metal and it’s not always the worst case scenario. That said, it’s still important to narrow down what is cause this taste and try to correct the issue.

First off, if you’re noticing a metallic taste in your water, it’s a good idea to test your water even if you’re positive you know what is causing it. A water test is the most accurate way to see what minerals or contaminants are in your water and to determine if your water is safe to drink.

Why does my water taste like metal?

  • New Homes – When pipes are are lain in a new home, they need time to become covered with a lime precipitate. Lime precipitate is a chalky layer which creates a barrier between the new pipes and the water you’re drinking. So, without this lime precipitate barrier, the metal from the pipes can change the taste of your water.
  • Minerals – Certain minerals such as iron or zinc can flavor your drinking water and possibly even tint the color. Minerals can enter your drinking water either because the water naturally contains these minerals or they are being leached from your plumbing fixtures. In reality, if you have well water, the mineral-taste is likely due to leaching from the ground into your water; if the water you’re drinking is from older city or residential pipes then it could be from the pipes.
  • Low pH levels – Ever hear of someone calling their water “hard” or “soft”? Well, soft water, which is characteristic of water with a low-pH level can have a sour taste that resembles metal. The normal pH range for household drinking water is anywhere from 6.0 – 8.5; if the pH is anything below 7.0 it can start to taste metallic. Go out and get a simple pH test kit from the store to test your own water, or schedule a free in-home water test with your preferred Maryland water conditioning service.

Regardless of the source of the metallic taste in your water, it’s crucial you have your water tested. If it turns out that the minerals aren’t harmful that’s great news—but if it turns out dangerous contaminants such as lead are in your water it needs to be addressed immediately.

We recommend you test your water at least once a year. This ensures the water is safe and if it is undrinkable we can address your particular water issues and keep you and your family safe. You can schedule a FREE in-home water test with us by filling out our online form or by calling us at 410-239-0700.

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