What are Tannins?
Tannins are a type of organic material that occurs due to plant matter and vegetation that are decaying in the environment. Tannins are present all around us in things like dirt, leaves and tree bark. Tannins are generally brownish yellow, which is why if you have tannins in your water in high levels, you might notice discoloration in the glass when you drink it or even have stains on your laundry. Tannins are often found in coastal locations, marshy areas and places in low elevation. This is part of why they are so commonly found in private wells.
Why Are Tannins Undesirable?
It’s important to know that there are not researched effects of drinking tannins in your water, so you are not in serious danger like you are from some other contaminants. However, there are still many reasons why you might want to remove tannins from your water. Water that looks dirty is off-putting, especially because it can lead to staining on white dishes, white clothing and even clothing that is not white. Tannins can also lead to a bitter taste in your water or a strange smell that is undesirable. In short, you will want to remove tannins from your water because of the practical side-effects and not necessarily for health.
Are There Tannins in Your Drinking Water?
The best way to determine the amount of tannins present in your drinking water is through testing. We offer tests that can give you a precise look at what is your water, including tannins and other contaminants, and you can also start the testing process at home yourself. Fill a glass with water from your tap and let it sit overnight. If you see that your water is visibly discolored or there is sediment at the bottom, it’s a good sign that your water has tannins. Now, if your water contains tannins, there is also a high chance that it has other issues including high levels of minerals that lead to hardness and sulfates. We can perform a water test and give you a precise look at what is or isn’t inside.
Make Sure That Your Home Water Supply Is Safe to Drink with Atlantic Blue Water Center
We provide water treatment and water softening solutions for homeowners that want a cleaner water supply and water that is free from hazardous carcinogens that can contribute to increased cancer risk. We’re also focused on providing additional education on water treatment, water quality, and issues associated with water contaminants. Call us at (410) 751-9200 to schedule your in-home water testing appointment today.