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Signs your tap water might have a problem...

Learn how to spot common water problems through every day observation.
We take the safety of our water for granted but, every year, water unfit for human consumption is supplied to thousand of households. More commonly, the water is potable, but unpleasant to live with. Here are some of the most common problems you will encounter and how we can help improve your life, your health, and your home longevity and comfort.

Hard Water

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Hard water contains dissolved calcium, magnesium and in many cases, iron. Most homes have hard water, whether it is supplied by a private well or a municipality. In many cases, homeowners don’t realize they have hard water or the constant and expensive harm it causes.

Dry skin and hair, spots on glass, silverware and fixtures, dull, dingy clothing, disappointing performance and a shortened life expectancy of water-using appliances are all problems frequently caused by hard water.

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Cloudy Water

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Cloudy, murky or grayish water is usually caused by particulate matter or suspended solids. This is also known as “turbidity.” Water can become turbid naturally or from land disturbances such as construction, storms and urban runoff.

The turbidity of your water can range from low to high. But even if your water looks clear, it could still contain a high level of particulate matter or suspended solids. That’s why, whether your water is turbid or not, we recommend you have it tested.

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Chlorine Taste and Smell

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Since the 1850s, chlorine has been used as a disinfectant to kill harmful bacteria in water itself or the pipes that transport it. Although it has helped end a number of major threats to public health and is essential at the treatment plant and in the water distribution system, it is no longer necessary once the water reaches your home.

Though chlorine is vital for stopping the spread of disease, its benefits come at a price. Chlorine tastes and smells bad. It dries skin and hair, fades clothes (bleach is made of chlorine), and can dry out the rubber seals in appliances, shortening their lives.

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Iron and Manganese Staining

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Water is a natural solvent and given the needed time and conditions, it will dissolve anything it comes in contact with. That’s why, depending on where you live, your water can contain iron or manganese which can cause rusty-orange or black staining. You’ll see the stains on clothes, fixtures, sinks, tubs, water-using appliances and toilets.

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Blue Green Staining

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If water has a low pH, you can see the tell-tale, blue-green stains. These stains are most noticeable on white surfaces that your water comes in contact with such as sinks, tubs and showers, toilets and even white clothing.

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Bacteria and Viruses

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there could be as many as 12 million cases of waterborne acute gastrointestinal illness annually in the United States alone. These illnesses are frequently caused by bacteria, viruses and protozoa that make their way into the water supply. Even well operated, state-of-the-art treatment plants cannot ensure that drinking water is entirely free of microbial pathogens.

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Low Water Pressure

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Low water pressure is a common problem when on a well. Even with plenty of water, pressure varies with water usage, and the seasons.

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Tastes and Odors...

Earthy or Musty Taste and Odor

These types of complaints are generally the result of compounds released due to decayed vegetation and are typically associated with different forms of algae. While not toxic, they are nonetheless unpleasant and can be offensive at very low concentrations.

"Rotten Egg" Smell

Another common source of smelly water is hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless corrosive gas which has the characteristic odor of rotten eggs. If present in high enough concentrations, it can leave an unpleasant odor on hair and clothing. It can also accelerate corrosion of metal parts in appliances.

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Metallic Taste

As the name implies, a metallic taste to your water indicates the presence of metals such as iron, copper, manganese or zinc. Iron and manganese are often naturally occurring and are predominately found in groundwater. Copper and zinc can come from an aging water distribution system or the corrosion of copper plumbing and brass fittings.

Methane Gas Odor

In large quantities, methane has a distinctive smell which is hard to describe. Unfortunately, smell is the least of the problems caused by methane.

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Did You know?

Complimentary Water Analysis

Living Water Service offers a complimentary water analysis. Just give us a call at 518-400-1416 to schedule your home visit.

Building a long term relationship based on quality and trust.

Long-term customer satisfaction is our number one goal, and we are dedicated to providing every one of our customers with personalized, honest service. Unlike many other water treatment companies, our philosophy is anchored in understanding the specific water quality issues of each customer and how those issues can be resolved in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

Living Water Service is known around the Capital District area for its dedication to solving water problems and satisfying the customer. That’s one of the reasons why we offer nothing but the highest quality products. They’re unlike anything else on the market with brilliantly simple solutions tailored to your home.

With a comprehensive line of water treatment products and trained water professionals dedicated to helping you determine what solution is best for your family, we have confidence you’ll enjoy the Living Water Service experience. We’re looking forward to having you join our growing list of happy customers.

Our Professional Promise

As an authorized, independent Water Treatment System professional, we hold ourselves to higher standards. Our water professionals and service technicians keep your best interests at heart. Whether we’re analyzing your water, helping to determine the best solution for your water challenge or explaining how water treatment systems work, no one will bring more professionalism into your home or is more interested in your total satisfaction. We promise.
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