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If you live in an older home or your water supply comes from a well or pond, you may be plagued by strangely colored, bad tasting, odorous or bacteria laden water. Some water quality problems should be professionally evaluated, while other common water issues can be handled with household filtration.

water faucet-plumbing serviceCommon Home Water Problems

  1. Hard water: Calcium and magnesium create lime scale, slow-running water and may damage pipes. Prevent this with ion-exchange water softening, which replaces other minerals with sodium.
  2. Iron and manganese: Symptoms include metallic-tasting, brownish or cloudy water and/or rust stains on fixtures, dishes and washed clothing. For heavy-duty filtration, use oxidizing or colloidal iron filters. A conventional water softener can eliminate minor problems up to 5 parts per million.
  3. Hydrogen sulfide: Signs of H2S include a rotten egg smell, which can lead to rusted and leaky pipes. Multi-stage filtration beginning with chlorine, then sedimentation and aeration, and activated carbon filters should solve the problem.
  4. Bad taste and smell: Organic matter causes fishy or moldy tasting, smelly water. Sulfates or sewer system leaks could be the cause. Call in a professional to look for sewer leakage. Oxidizing or activated carbon filters can solve most other taste and odor issues.
  5. Sediment: Fine particles in your water supply, which may be sand, lime, rust or even organic particles may occur in water sourced from a lake, pond or river. You'll need a sediment filter or, for sand, agraclear filtration.
  6. Bacteria: Have your water quality evaluated by professionals if you suspect disease-causing microorganisms are present. Once you locate the source and fix the cause of contamination, water must be disinfected with chlorine additives.
  7. Lead: Solder once used to join old copper plumbing pipes can cause lead contamination. Lead is hard to detect because it's invisible, tasteless and odorless. If you live in an older house, use bottled water until you have the water supply professionally analyzed. Solutions include ion-exchange water softening, reverse osmosis or carbon block filtration.

Learn more about common water issues Gilman Heating & Cooling pros can help with, or contact us today at (804) 329-1800 to schedule an appointment! Image Provided by Shutterstock.com