Many factors can affect your water quality If you don’t know how to define the issue or how to solve it, you could end up living with the issue for an extended amount of time. Understanding what is causing it will set you on the right path of solving the common water problems!

Here are the most common water problems, what they mean, and how you can fix them:

Bad Odor and Taste

–          Metallic Taste: In Ohio, it is not unusual to encounter well water with naturally occurring iron and manganese, which gives off a metallic taste and odor. Along with the smell and taste, there can be rusty-orange stains left on your clothes, sinks and other appliances.

–          “Rotten Egg” Smell: When sulfur or hydrogen sulfide is present, it can cause a “rotten egg smell.” This gas is particularly corrosive to metal pipes and can eventually cause leaks.

Solution: Having a water test should be your first step because professionals will be able to detect the water problem and tell you the right treatment plan. Most likely, you will need a proper filtration system to remove what is affecting the taste and odor.

Hard Water

Cause: There is an excess amount of calcium and magnesium in the water. The higher concentration of these minerals, the harder the water will be. A telltale sign of hard water is white soap scum that build up on bathroom fixtures. This buildup also has the potential to cause problems in pipes, faucets, and many household appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers.

Solution: Installing a water softener to combat hard water is the best solution to this water problem because it is specifically designed to reduce hardness. A water softener will remove the calcium and magnesium minerals to ensure you are only receiving soft, clean, and freshwater.

Chlorine Smelling and Tasting

Cause: Chlorine has been used for years in public water systems to help stop the spread of disease. When the water is distributed, chlorine can linger and still be there when the water reaches your home. In addition to having an unpleasant taste and smell, chlorine, also can dry out skin, hair, and rubber seals found in appliances.

Solution: Combination systems are perfect for getting rid of a chlorine water problem because it uses a whole house filter and water softener in one. A combination system will remove the chlorine and hardness while using a reverse osmosis system to make fresh drinking water. No more chlorine, problem solved!


Cause: This is typically the result of dissolved or suspended solids which can make the water lose its transparency, also known as turbidity. Turbidity is a good measure of the quality of water because it is more visible than other water problems.

Solution: A sediment filtration system will remove the solids before reaching your tap. By filtering water through a series of membranes, these systems will catch up to 99 percent of contaminants. A water softener could also be used to remove the calcium build up, another cause of cloudy water.

Water problems are never fun to deal with, and some are more complicated than others. It’s important to have a professional diagnosis your water and set you up with the correct treatment plan. Contact Peacock Water at 800-333-6312!