Water Quality

Water Quality Solutions in Northern Virginia

Water Quality Specialists Serving Homes in Alexandria, Leesburg, and Winchester

Quality drinking water is essential to everyone’s health and well-being. Hard water, iron, chemicals, or contaminants in household water can affect your family’s health and damage your home’s plumbing and fixtures. Maintaining water quality in the home is good for you, your family, your pets, and even your appliances. For instance, softened water can save you money by keeping dishwashers, refrigerators, showerheads, and washers at top efficiency. Other popular whole-home water quality solutions include water purification and water filtering.

Are you concerned about the water quality in your home? Whether your home appears to have hard water or your water has a high concentration of iron or other contaminants, M.E. Flow’s water quality solutions in Northern can help to restore balance to your water by removing unwanted toxins and minerals using a variety of products and services. Our experienced specialists can test your water quality, treat your water supply, and guide you in choosing the proper solution, be it water purification, filtering, or softening.

Schedule a free in-home water analysis by calling (571) 350-3183 or contacting us online.

Do You Know What Is in Your Water?

We use water countless times throughout the day — filling up pots for cooking, taking a shower or bath, and getting a drink of water from the tap are just a few examples. We are so used to getting a constant stream of water in our homes that we rarely give its quality and safety a second thought.

The biggest complaint about city/municipal water is the taste and smell of chlorine. That is typically the result of chlorine, chloramine, and other chemicals added to the city water. Even with city water, there can be other problems. Corroded water supply lines or broken water mains can allow contaminants to get into your water.

Common problems we see with those on well water in this region include water with low “pH,” which leaves greenish-blue stains, causes piping and fixtures to be thin, and causes pinhole leaks. Hard water is another common problem for those on well and city water. It is caused by an excess of calcium, magnesium, and/or iron in the water. Signs you may be dealing with hard water include dry skin and hair, spots on dishware, and mineral deposits on fixtures and taps. Hard water often smells like rotten eggs and tends to leave brownish-red stains, which are frequently permanent.

Cloudy or murky water is caused by an abundance of suspended particles in the water and is usually caused by turbidity due to construction, runoff, or storm activity. While you may not be able to see them, bacteria and viruses frequently make their way into the water supply, and in high enough concentrations, they can lead to gastrointestinal issues or illness.

Do not ignore these or any other concerning issues with your water. Our specialists can get to the root of the problem and recommend comprehensive water quality solutions in Northern Virginia. We will analyze your water and make suggestions for how to improve its taste and quality.

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Water Softening Systems

Hard water is a problem. If your home has hard water, your water picks up compounds like magnesium and calcium and carries them into aquifers as it flows through underground rock and soil formations. 

How “hard” or “soft” water is depends on the amount of calcium carbonate it contains. Soft water has less than 60 milligrams per liter, and hard water has between 121 and 180 milligrams per liter.

Hard water does not necessarily pose a health risk, but it can be a nuisance in your daily life. It will leave deposits in water supply lines and faucets that eventually reduce water flow. Plus, the excessive buildup of this scale can shorten the service lives of your appliances and plumbing system.

Telltale signs your home has hard water and could benefit from a water softener include:

  • Low water pressure throughout the house, including low-flow faucets
  • Difficult-to-clean white residue known as limescale on fixtures, sinks, and tiles
  • Laundry that looks dull and dingy, with white clothing yellowing over time
  • Fabrics feel scratchy and rough
  • Cloudy spots or film on drinking glasses
  • Hair feels sticky and looks dull, eventually suffering damage and breakage
  • Appliances that do not work as well as they used to, especially the water heater

How Does Water Softening Work?

Water softeners are designed to remove excess minerals from your water to keep your appliances functioning and your plumbing free of damaging buildup. M.E. Flow is prepared to install a DROP City Water Softener that eliminates hardness from your home’s water and helps you maximize water efficiency. It can even automatically shut off your water if it senses an emergency. The system is easily adapted to any size home and can be integrated with a leak detection system to provide even more peace of mind. 

Water Filtration Systems

Are you constantly buying bottled water because you do not like the taste or smell of the water from your tap? Our family-owned business can help you explore dependable water quality solutions in Northern Virginia. For example, our affordable, easy-to-install, and low-maintenance water filtration systems are great for removing odors, bacteria, and general bad tastes, delivering fresh, pure water to every fixture.

The Benefit of Water Filtration

Many municipal water treatment facilities in this region use chlorine to kill harmful bacteria in the water supply. While this is in some ways a practical solution, it can also dry out your skin, damage plastics and rubber seals in appliances, cause clothing to fade, and leave a bad taste in your water.

Signs your home needs water filtration include water that tastes unpleasant, has an “off” smell, leaves stains on fixtures and clothing, or is not completely clear. We can install a whole-house filtration system that ensures you have cleaner and purer drinking water. It also delivers filtered water to your showerheads, appliances, and other household water outlets. Like water softeners, our whole-home water filtration systems can also be integrated with DROP leak detectors.

Depending on your needs and budget, system options include:

  • Reverse osmosis
  • Ultraviolet purification
  • Ultrafiltration
  • Water softeners
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Water Purification Systems


While many minerals exist naturally in water and are safe to ingest, some health concerns have been raised when large amounts of contaminants are consumed. But how do you eliminate the bad while keeping the good? Our water purification services can help.

The benefits of a whole-house water purification system include protection against:

  • Appliance and pipe rusting
  • Lead and mineral stains on sinks
  • Increased water bills
  • Scale buildup
  • Dry or irritated skin
  • Faded clothes

If you are concerned about residual contaminants in your drinking water and want better-tasting, cleaner water, a purification system can help. These systems are reliable and can provide higher-quality drinking water in your home. 

How Water Purification Works

Using chemical or electrostatic charges that capture or kill germs, water purifiers remove unwanted particles and impurities and eliminate the viruses and bacteria that filtration systems cannot. You are left with clean, clear water. 

There are several purifiers on the market you can install yourself on individual faucets, but a professionally installed high-quality water purification solution like the whole-house OneFlowPlus system is your best bet for salt-free scale prevention and overall improved water quality.

A OneFlowPlus water purification system:

  • Delivers safe drinking water from every faucet
  • Ensures water is gentle on your skin and clothes
  • Saves you money on bottled water
  • Can help you reduce your plumbing repair bills

Choose M.E. Flow for Pure, Clean Water

Since 1951, M.E. Flow has been the state’s most trusted water quality service provider. Our specialists are trained and committed to maintaining and protecting the water quality in your home.

No matter your problems, you can count on us to deliver customized water quality solutions in Northern Virginia, giving you peace of mind by knowing your water is fresh and clean, protecting your family and home’s health, and saving you money. Protect your family’s and home’s health by starting your water purification journey today.

Contact us online or call (571) 350-3183 to get started. Be sure to check out our current promotions!

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