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Water Problems

Experiencing Strange Smells, Tastes, or Other Issues with Your Water?

Treating water problems in New Hampshire homes is not simply a matter of removing foul odors and bad tastes, but also about eliminating contaminants and impurities that can lead to illness and adverse long-term health effects. Therefore, determining your specific water problem is only the first step in returning your systems to a clean and safe state. Assessing the root cause of the problem and how to treat it is even more crucial.

Some of the more common water problems and their consequences include:

  • Hard Water – Hard water can cause skin and hair problems, scale build-up in pipes and water heaters, as well as a milky film on dishes, soap scum rings in baths, soap that doesn’t lather well, and reduced water flow.
  • Iron in Water – Iron and iron bacteria are known to cause reddish-brown streaks in sinks and tubs, metallic tasting water, and slimy or brown sediment in standing water.
  • Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs – The presence of hydrogen sulfide or sulfur bacteria in your water can cause the unpleasant stench of rotten eggs and also corrode steel, iron, or copper pipes, pumps, and fixtures.
  • Bacteria in Well Water – Intestinal problems after ingesting water may be the result of well contamination due to surface runoff. Manure, fertilizer, or pesticides – even arsenic and radon – can infiltrate wells through unprotected plumbing connections or cracks.
  • Rust in Water – Rust in your water, reddish-brown stains on laundry, and metallic tasting water may be the result of corroding pipes due to low pH, often known as acid water.
  • Water Odors & Discoloration – Any number of bacteria, chemicals, microorganisms, or other impurities could cause your water to give off a foul smell or turn a strange color, either with or without accompanying symptoms of illness after ingestion.
  • Foul Tasting Water – Insufficient chlorine disinfection or pollution from surface drainage, as well as hydrogen sulfide, can give your water that icky taste.
  • Tap Water Smells Like Fish – In amounts excessive to EPA regulations, barium or cadmium, which are naturally occurring metals, give water a fishy odor.
  • Chlorine – Frequently used by municipal water treatment facilities to kill bacteria in water, chlorine in drinking water is cited by the Environmental Defense Fund as one of the most toxic, and potentially cancer -causing, chemicals.

Check out This Great Water Symptoms Chart for Diagnosing Your Water!

Whether you are on a private well or a municipal well system, common and uncommon water problems can manifest at any time. Let Capital Well Clean Water Center professionals help restore purity to your systems.

Capital Well Clean Water Center offers a number of filtration and treatment options depending on the type and scope of your water problems. With over 30 years of experience testing and treating New Hampshire’s water, installing point-of-entry as well as point-of-use systems and filters, and repairing and maintaining existing well systems, they have seen—and done—it all.

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Let us help you to get the best quality water in your home while making sure NH kids have food security when returning to school this year. To support Drinking Water Awareness Month, Capital Well will donate 10% off all water treatment to the Backpack Program through September!

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