In its purest form, water has absolutely no odor, color or flavor. For that reason, if your water has an unusual flavor or odor, it's important that you have it tested, even if it looks clean. Sometimes, the odor or flavor is caused due to a contamination that your water needs to be treated for. In those cases, once you've tested it and identified the contaminant, you can work with a water treatment specialist to eliminate the source of the problem and clean up your water supply. Here's a look at some of the most common water problems that you may encounter and their sources.
Musty or Earthy Odor and Flavor
When your water has a musty odor or flavor, it's usually because of organic compounds in the water supply. This usually happens because of decaying vegetation or algae in the water. This is most commonly a problem with surface water supplies but can happen with any water source. Although most of these organic compounds aren't harmful to your health, they can lead to an unpleasant and downright offensive smell and taste in the water.
Rotten Egg Odor
If you're smelling something that resembles rotten eggs in your water, that's most commonly caused by hydrogen sulfide. The sulfur content of the water causes that distinctive odor. Hydrogen sulfide is a corrosive, colorless gas that is commonly found in groundwater. In some cases, it can be caused by a sulfate-reducing bacteria in the water. In high enough concentrations, it can actually leave a residual odor on your body and clothing. The gas can also increase corrosion on your appliances, which could be costly over time.
You'll have to have a testing company come out to your property to test for the presence of this gas. If it is discovered in your water, you'll have to have the water treated through either active filtration or possibly chlorine treatments.
If you've noticed a metallic taste in your home's water, that's a sure sign that your water has too much metal concentration. It could be iron, zinc, manganese or even copper in the water causing that kind of taste in the water. Iron and manganese are naturally occurring in groundwater, so they are not unusual to encounter. Copper and zinc, on the other hand, often result from deterioration in the pipes or corrosion of pipe fittings in your home's plumbing system.
A water testing and treatment company can test your water for the presence of these metals and then recommend filtration methods to eliminate them. If you have copper or zinc in your water, though, you'll also want to talk with a plumber about inspecting your pipes.
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