Common Water Problems

Here in the Southwest Virginia Area, a variety of factors can affect how water tastes, smells and feels. That’s why we test your water before we recommend how to treat it properly. Here are a few of the problems we commonly see and treat.

Musty, earthy, fishy taste or smell?


Caused by algae, molds and bacteria that live in water and can multiply within a home’s plumbing system.

Cloudy Water


Raw water comes into your home with any number of impurities that cause turbidity.

Hard Water


Hard water dries out skin and makes hair brittle. It causes soap scum in tubs and showers and spots on faucets and fixtures. It also causes scaling in appliances, which results in less efficiency and costly repairs.

Iron and Manganese


High levels of iron and manganese can cause discolored water as well as stains on clothing, appliances and fixtures. Although iron is more common, they are often found together. Iron deposits can build up in pressure tanks, water heaters, filters and plumbing which can result in reduced water pressure, reduced efficiency and costly repairs. What’s more, these metals can cause water to have a metallic taste and odor. Recommended treatment methods vary depending on contaminant level and its chemical form. More about Iron and Manganese

“Rotten Egg Smell”


Hydrogen sulfide can give your water an unpleasant taste and smell, sometimes even rendering it unusable.

Chlorine taste or smell


The taste and smell of chlorine are unappealing and can also dry out your skin and hair. While municipalities use chlorine to disinfect the water supply, it should be filtered out before you use it to eliminate these effects.