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Why Does My Water Smell Like Bleach?

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Have you noticed a weird smell coming from your water? If it resembles bleach, it can be pretty alarming, but rest assured this is likely not caused by harmful contaminants. People often associate the smell of chlorine with that of bleach. In this case, however, chlorine is manually added to public water systems and functions […] Continue Reading

Why Does My Water Smell Like Fish?

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UPDATED ON: MARCH 26, 2024 An unwanted smell from your drinking water is often a sign of bigger issues plaguing your tap or pipes. If you’re noticing a fish smell in your water, this is likely due to naturally occurring organic material that’s found its way into your water source. Often this smell doesn’t signify […] Continue Reading

Why Does My Water Look Brown?


UPDATED ON: April 3, 2024 Brown water can be caused by the corrosion of water pipes as materials flake away and find their way into water supplies, making the water an orange-brown color (from iron pipes) or even black (from lead pipes). Certain elements from sulfur dioxide can cause water to turn brown when combined […] Continue Reading

Why Does My Water Smell Like Sewage?

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There’s nothing worse than a foul odor coming from your drinking water and it’s even worse when the smell of sewage is seeping out of your faucet. The sewage smell you’re experiencing, which may also resemble the smell of dirt or rotten eggs, could be the result of a few different factors including, but not limited to, gases […] Continue Reading

Why Does My Water Taste Sweet?


Not all glasses of H₂O are created equal. Sometimes it may taste metallic, or it may smell like chlorine. But what about when your water has a sweet aftertaste? This may be indicating a high concentration of naturally occurring minerals or an imbalance in your water’s alkaline or pH levels. In any case, it is important to […] Continue Reading

Why Does My Water Look Pink?


Should you turn on your faucet one day and see bright pink water flowing out of the tap, try not to be too alarmed. It is not entirely uncommon for tap water to run pink, and it is often due to the chemical potassium permanganate being used by municipal water plants to treat water systems. This chemical […] Continue Reading

Why Does My Water Smell Like Chlorine?


UPDATED ON: APRIL 4, 2024 If the smell of your tap water gives you flashbacks to summers spent by the pool, there are likely high levels of chlorine in your drinking water. Treatment plants throughout the U.S. use chlorine to neutralize bacteria, parasites, viruses, and harmful microorganisms before drinking water is distributed to households. Even […] Continue Reading

Why Does My Water Smell Musty?

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It is not unheard of that people sometimes find their tap water has a musty, dirty, or even rotten egg smell. Often environmental conditions play a key role in producing the foul odor, but mechanical issues may also be to blame. While generally safe to use and drink, musty-smelling water can in rare circumstances be attributed to […] Continue Reading

Why Does My Water Look Milky?


Milky water, also known as cloudy water or white water, can be caused by air and water blending together in your residential pipes or main supply. This is often due to a tear in the pipe, which pulls in additional air. When air and water combine while traveling through water pipes to residents along the supply […] Continue Reading

Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?


If your cold water smells like rotten eggs, the odor is usually caused by the levels of sulfur bacteria and hydrogen sulfide gas that can be found in a building’s water supply. If you only experience the smell when using your hot tap, it may be a chemical reaction occurring inside your hot water heater, […] Continue Reading