Common Water Problems

It is extremely rare to find any water supply that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Our well water typically has high levels of iron, tannins, and/or manganese that cause staining, hardness that causes scale build-up, low pH that causes corrosion or hydrogen sulfide that causes a rotten egg smell. Although none of these contaminants may be harmful to your health, they cost you extra time and money cleaning, ruin pipes, fixtures, and appliances, and may even keep you from drinking the amount of water needed to keep your body hydrated. In addition to these secondary contaminants, we often find high nitrates, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), bacteria, arsenic, radium and other contaminants that may exceed the EPA’s primary drinking water standards. If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, contact Ecowater Systems for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Hard Water, the most common problem in our area, forms those difficult to remove white spots on stainless steel sinks and shower walls, creates bathtub rings and soap scum, and generally makes housecleaning difficult. It causes scaling in pipes and water-using appliances which increases maintenance costs and causes water heaters to operate inefficiently. It clogs the pores of your skin and clings to your hair, leaving it dry and brittle.

Iron, is characterized by staining on sinks, tubs, and clothing. It makes water and beverages such as coffee or tea look and taste bad. 

Hydrogen Sulfide Gas, more commonly referred to as “rotten egg” odor doesn’t cause physical problems within the home, but makes the smell and taste of the water objectionable and can be embarrassing when guests are over.  

Bacteria, in water take many forms and the best way to know the type of bacteria present is to have your water professionally tested. A common symptom of bacteria in water is slime build up in the toilet tank.  

Chlorine, can make water smell and taste bad. Chlorine is a powerful oxidant and is commonly used as a disinfectant in commercial and household sanitation, bleaching, and in maintaining swimming pools. The most significant application is in the disinfection of public water supplies where it is used to manage bacteria levels in drinking water and kill other potentially harmful agents that seep into lakes, rivers, streams or ground water. Chlorine, even at acceptable household levels, can contribute to dry eyes and skin irritation as well as exacerbate conditions such as eczema.