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Common Water Problems

Water quality can no longer be taken for granted. In Westchester and Fairfield Counties, a variety of factors can affect how your water tastes, smells, feels and works in and around your home. Well water quality, possible contamination, an aging water distribution system, violations of federal drinking water standards and a home’s plumbing are examples of things that can affect a home’s water supply. Some water problems may not be as obvious as others. That’s why we test your water to determine if water treatment is necessary and which option is right for you.
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Acidity (pH)

  • Corrosion of pipes & fixtures
  • Pin hole leaks in pipes
  • Green soap curd
  • Blue-green Stains/pitting on Fixtures
  • Appliance failure
  • Discoloration of hair
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Bacteria, Cysts & Viruses

  • Gastrointestinal illness with flu-like symptoms
  • Ingestion from drinking and cooking water
  • Inhalation during bathing & cleaning
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Chlorine/Chloramine

  • Eye/nose irritation
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Anemia
  • Skin/Hair dryness
  • Fades clothing
  • Breaks down rubber seals in appliances and plumbing
  • Inhalation during bathing & cleaning
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Cloudy Water/Turbidity

  • Murky or grey color
  • Clogs/damages appliances & fixtures
  • Presence of microscopic clay particles
  • Possible presence of bacterial or microbiological contaminant
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Contaminants

Organic:  Herbicides, Pharmaceuticals
Inorganic:  Metals
Microorganisms:  Bacteria, Virus, Cysts
Radionuclides: Radioactive compounds
Disinfectants/Disinfectant Byproducts

  • Tasteless, odorless
  • Absorb through skin
  • Ingest from drinking water
  • Inhale during bathing and cleaning
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Fluoride

Proper levels are important to the development of children’s teeth, especially under the age of 5.

Excess amounts can cause:

  • Streaking/Spottiness on teeth
  • Bone disease
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Hardness

  • White residue/spots
  • Appliance failure
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Etched glassware
  • Poor sudsing of soap
  • Dull/dingy laundry
  • Plugs screens on faucets and appliances
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Heavy Metals

Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Selenium…

  • Odorless & Tasteless
  • Skin damage
  • Circulatory Issues
  • Effect mental & neurological development
  • Increased Cancer risk
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Iron (Rust) & Manganese

  • Black/beige or orange stains
  • Ring in toilet bowl at the water line
  • Rusty/cloudy water (Ferric iron)
  • Rust stains in laundry
  • Clogs pipes, spray jets and screens

Iron Bacteria:

  • Smell
  • Pinkish slime
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Radon

  • Odorless, colorless, tasteless
  • Radioactive
  • Ingested through air, bathing, cooking, drinking water
  • Increased risk of lung cancer
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Sediment, Sand, Silt

  • Plugs screens and faucets
  • Damages appliances and washing machines
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Skin & Hair Changes

  • Dry skin and hair
  • Discoloration of hair
  • Breakage of hair
  • Dull  & lifeless hair
  • Irritates pre-existing skin conditions
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Staining

  • Blue-Green:  low pH 
  • Black:  Iron Bacteria, Manganese
  • Pink:  Iron Bacteria
  • Orange:  Iron
  • Yellow:  Tannins
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Sulfur/Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

  • Rotten egg smell
  • Intermittent odor, worsens after periods of low use
  • Accelerates corrosion of metal
  • Occurs with both hot & cold water
  • Can be flammable
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Tannins

  • Colors water yellow/brown
  • Yellow stains in toilet
  • Yellow stains on laundry
  • Can cause water to taste bitter
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Tastes and Odors

  • Metallic from iron, copper, manganese or zinc
  • Earthy/Musty from decaying matter
  • Rotten egg from hydrogen sulfide
  • Chlorine
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Uranium

  • Radioactive
  • Absorbed through skin
  • Effects the kidneys
See Solutions