Signs of Contaminated Water and How to Treat It

Water Treatment Solutions for Your Maryland Home or Business!

There’s no way around it – clean water is a necessary part of both home and work life. Whether you need it for cleaning household items, bathing, drinking, or cooking, you simply can’t do without clean water! If you’ve noticed any significant changes in your water’s odor, taste, or appearance, there’s a good chance one or more contaminants are present. Pollutants aren’t always detectable, but there are common signs that point to issues with the quality of water at your home or business.

Continue reading for a list of the most common signs of contaminated water and how Water Doctor can help resolve the issue with water treatment solutions!

 

Common Odor Issues with Water

Rotten egg odor

The smell of rotten eggs likely means you have a sulfur problem. Water Doctor’s special Iron Guard System is one of the ways you can remove sulfur and other contaminants from your water, but we’ll make a custom plan for you based on your water analysis. Sulfur is not harmful to your health, but makes water unpleasant to drink for you and your guests.

Chlorine odor

Some chlorine in your water is okay, but if the smell of chlorine is strong or particularly unpleasant, then there is likely too much of it. If you notice this smell, you should get your water tested to determine the levels of chlorine present. If it turns out the levels are too high, our team can help determine the best water filtration system or water treatment option for you!  When chlorine is present, byproducts of chlorine such as trihalomethanes may also be present.

Gas odor

Smelling petroleum  in your water is rare, but if you do, then you should immediately stop using the water and call Water Doctor immediately. This means that your water is contaminated with fuel, gasoline additives, or petroleum that could be extremely harmful to your health.

Moldy, grassy, or fishy odor

Unusual smells along these lines mean there may be  bacterial overgrowth in your water. The most likely course of action is utilizing UV water treatment or well chlorination to eliminate microorganisms and coliform bacteria.

If you live in Maryland and have noticed any of these odors, schedule a service with Water Doctor today!

 

Common Taste Issues with Water

Salty taste

When your water tastes salty, it has too much sodium in it. While this is not cause for immediate concern, consuming large amounts of sodium over an extended period of time can be detrimental to your health. Additionally, those on low sodium diets should consider drinking water filtration systems that limit the amount of sodium.

Metallic taste

A metallic taste indicates that the water has high levels of iron, manganese, copper, lead, or zinc. Water Doctor has several solutions for treating high iron levels and hard water caused by the buildup of minerals, including water softeners and our specially designed Iron Guard System.

Does your water taste salty or metallic? Call Water Doctor at 877-677-9275 immediately for free drinking water testing in Maryland!

 

Other Signs of Contaminated Water

Brown or orange stains

If you’ve noticed an orange or brown stain on your tubs, sinks, toilets, or laundry, there’s a good chance iron is present in your water.  Common treatments for iron include water softeners (cation exchange), filtration tanks using various media, and aeration systems.

Stiff laundry, soap scum, or mineral buildup

If you notice that your clothes are stiff or scratchy after you wash them or that soap scum and mineral buildup are present in your tubs or showers, you might be dealing with hard water due to high calcium and magnesium levels. Other signs of hard water include soap not lathering properly and issues with hot water heater performance. Water softeners are a common solution for hard water problems, but we’ll work with you to discuss what’s best based on your free analysis!

If you’ve noticed any of these issues with your water, contact us today!

 

Water Treatment in Annapolis, Gaithersburg, Edgewater, Baltimore, and More

Our expert team has been working to eliminate pollutants in the water in the Baltimore, Maryland area for more than three decades! We are familiar with the issues that commonly arise and how to best treat them. Water Doctor employs more Water Quality Association Specialists than any other company in Maryland! Why would you go anywhere else for your water treatment needs?

We offer a free water analysis to determine what contaminants are present in your water. To get started, contact Water Doctor today!

We specialize in providing contaminated water treatment throughout Maryland, including the following areas: 

  • Annapolis
  • Arnold
  • Baltimore
  • Bethesda
  • Brookeville
  • Boyds
  • Clarksburg
  • Clarksville
  • Columbia
  • Cooksville
  • Crownsville
  • Damascus
  • Davidsonville
  • Deale
  • Edgewater
  • Ellicott City
  • Fallston
  • Finksburg
  • Fork
  • Fulton
  • Gaithersburg
  • Gambrills
  • Germantown

  • Glen Arm
  • Glenelg
  • Glenwood
  • Harwood
  • Hunt Valley
  • Jarrettsville
  • Lutherville-Timonium
  • Monkton
  • Owings Mills
  • Parkton
  • Pasadena
  • Phoenix
  • Rockville
  • Severn
  • Shady Side
  • Sparks Glencoe
  • Sykesville
  • West Friendship
  • West River
  • Westminster
  • Woodbine
  • Woodstock

Services We Offer
  • Well Chlorinations
  • Resolve Taste & Odor
  • Acid, Iron, Hardness
  • Certified Lab Sampling
  • Pressure Tanks
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  • Anne Arundel County
  • Howard County
  • Baltimore County
  • Frederick County
  • Montgomery County
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  • Charles County
  • Calvert County
  • Queen Anne's County
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