Water Quality Concerns
If you are experiencing a water quality concern, please use the list below to evaluate your issue. If, after troubleshooting your concern, you would like a water technician to come to your home, please fill out the form below.
Water discoloration can occur due to water heater, sediment, rusted pipes, or a line that needs to be flushed.
- Run cold water at one faucet for about 5 minutes, and you should see the water clear. (Running the hot water pulls from the water heater, which could make the problem worse.) If the water fails to clear after 5 minutes, wait for a few hours and again try running only the cold water.
- If the discoloration is only occurring with hot water, you may need to flush your water heater. Many manufacturers recommend periodic flushing of water heaters to remove sediment that can build up. The sediment can cause discoloration of the water and make the water heater less efficient.
Occasionally, you may notice a difference in the taste, smell, or appearance of your drinking water, especially during hot dry months. These changes can come from a variety of sources and do not affect the safety of drinking water. Among the most common causes are home plumbing, the chlorine used to treat water, and the mineral composition of the water. These temporary aesthetic changes do not affect the safety of the water.
To improve temporary aesthetic changes:
- Fill a pitcher and chill it for at least two hours.
- Keep a chilled supply in your refrigerator so you always have a ready supply.
- Use an activated carbon filter.
- Make spa water by adding a slice of lemon or orange to your water pitcher.
To mitigate the impacts of harder water:
- Be sure to fill your rinse aid in your dishwasher.
- Flush your hot water heater.
- Adjust your irrigation sprinklers away from windows and vehicles.
- Wash your vehicle at a carwash that recycles their water onsite.
If your water smells like rotten eggs, the odor is usually caused by the levels of sulfur bacteria and Hydrogen Sulfide ("gas") that can be found in your water supply.
- Pour water into a glass and walk away from the faucet. Smell your water, does it smell normal? If so, you may need to clean the P-trap.
- If you only experience the smell when using your hot tap, it may be a chemical reaction occurring inside your water heater, and not a problem with your water supply.
- If your cold water also smells like rotten eggs—but only from the water treated by a water softener and not in the untreated water—the problem is likely to be sulfur bacteria in the water softener. Changing the water softener solution will solve this issue.
Water quality and taste can be attributed to many things. Water heaters, faucet screens, or a line that needs to be flushed.
- Is the displeasing taste occurring in all faucets? If not, you may need to replace the screen on the affected faucet.
- Does the water smell or taste like chlorine? Fill out a water quality concern form or call the office and we will send out a technician to assist.