Quick Fixes for Household Water Problems

Household water problems are frustrating to deal with and can become worse in the spring for various reasons. Older homes on well water are more likely to have water problems, but any home can experience issues periodically. Thankfully, many common water problems are relatively easy to fix.

Hydrogen Sulfide

The smell of rotten eggs or sulfur in your water may mean that hydrogen sulfide is present. Along with its unpleasant smell, hydrogen sulfide can corrode pipes and cause leaks. To treat this issue, you need a system that contains multi-stage filtration, sedimentation, an aeration filter and an activated carbon filter to remove chlorine after processing.

Iron and Manganese

Water that comes out of the tap cloudy or rusty-looking may contain iron and manganese. This issue may also cause an astringent or metallic taste. A basic water softener is effective at removing iron. However, colloidal iron and oxidizing filters provide more thorough iron removal.

Calcium and Magnesium

Although these two minerals occur in all natural water supplies, excessive amounts of calcium and magnesium can lead to hard water issues. With hard water, lime scale can build up on pipes, causing damage and decreasing efficiency. A home water softening system can help by running water through a sodium solution that replaces the magnesium and calcium with sodium.


Particles of sand, rust, scale, dirt, and/or organic materials in your water may mean you have a sediment problem. Home supply and plumbing stores have filters designed to eliminate sediment, and they’re relatively inexpensive.

Unpleasant Odor and Taste

Moldy, musty, or fishy odors and/or tastes can be caused by organic matter in the water or from a sewer or septic system leak. Activated carbon filters can remove most unpleasant odors and tastes, while oxidizing filters work for tougher cases. If it’s a more serious problem, such as a leak in a sewer or septic system, calling a professional is the best choice.

At Beyer Boys, we’re experts at handling a variety of household water problems. We’ve served the San Antonio area since 1990, and we pride ourselves on quality performance and customer satisfaction.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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