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hglinski
Metallic taste in water from copper pipes?

In our recently purchased 1970's home, the water that comes from out of our faucets has a metallic taste (we have a well). We have copper pipes, and I notice blue-green stains on the bathtubs where water leaks. Is there anything we can do ( I mean by a pro,that is)instead of replacing all the pipes?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Metallic taste in water from copper pipes?

The most often cause for this is copper pickup from the pluming caused by acidic water. Acidic water can also cause heath problems . Get a ph test done to confirm.
Jack

hglinski
Re: Metallic taste in water from copper pipes?

To Dwarfwytch:
When you said "Perhaps a ground wire has been attached to more than one place on your home's plumbing system?" What would that do?

hglinski
Re: Metallic taste in water from copper pipes?

"Perhaps a ground wire has been attached to more than one place on your home's plumbing system?"

How would that effect it?

kentvw
Re: Metallic taste in water from copper pipes?
DwarfWytch wrote:

It could accelerate the corrosion in certain circumstances.

Such as? Please explain.

goldhiller
Re: Metallic taste in water from copper pipes?

hglinski,

Bottom line is that you need a comprehensive water test to determine what course of action to take. Replacing the copper pipes with CPVC or PEX won't alter the chemical makeup of the water....and it may need some treatment to be "safe" to drink.

Would encourage you to read this..........
http://www.water-research.net/corrosion.htm

Short quote from article....."The cost of corrosion can be expensive. Corrosion can impact you and your families health, aesthetic quality of your water, waste money, and damage your household piping and fixtures. Corrosive water costs you in a number of ways:

1 ) decrease the efficiency of hot water heaters and may cause premature failure to the heater;

2 ) corrodes and causes premature failure of household plumbing and plumbing fixtures;

3 ) imparting a bitter taste to your water because of elevated levels of metals, which causes you in purchase bottled water;

4 ) results in the formation of red water or greenish blue stains on drains; and

5 ) consumption of water with elevated levels of toxic metals, such as: lead and copper, have been shown to cause both acute and chronic health problems."

This is not by any means intended to be a comprehensive article as concerns water safety. However, the article does provide some valuable information and food for thought as regards corrosive water.

You can Google your way to much more info concerning wells and water safety.

Here's a couple....

http://www.watersystemscouncil.org/wellcare/infosheets.cfm

http://www.wellowner.org/

canuk
Re: Metallic taste in water from copper pipes?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

DW,
Although it may be possible that some of the posts were baiter's, it would appear to me that you are just as much at fault by not posting your answer to the question rather than evading it. Plus it leaves the question unanswered for other readers of the thread who may be registered or not.
Jack

I totally agree with you Jack.
It's helpful for the readers who follow along with answers provided ... right or wrong.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Metallic taste in water from copper pipes?

Alice and Fred,
You are correct you do not have to register, but by registering and posting your location (at least state), it helps us provide you with more topical information for you location and helps to separate genuine posts from baiter's, etc.
Jack

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