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Why Does My Water Always Smell and Taste Funny?

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Why Does My Water Always Smell and Taste Funny?


If you have ever wondered whether or not your home has hard water, there are several telltale signs. Hard water has a high mineral content, which often causes clogged pipes, stained toilets, and a host of other plumbing problems. Also, the water may have an unsavory taste, smell, and appearance.

According to the USGS (United States Geological Survey), several US states have been identified as hard water states including New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California, and, of course, Texas.


So, what causes hard water in the first place? Well, without getting overly scientific, hard water occurs when water passes through chalk or limestone and is infused with calcium, magnesium carbonate, and other minerals.

As these minerals dissolve into the water, the water, in turn, becomes hard. As previously stated, this water can wreak havoc on your plumbing. It can also cause laundry problems by preventing detergent from working properly.

Also, it is important to note that hard water is not relegated to well water, only. In fact, studies have shown that 85 percent of homes in the country have hard water, often coming from a municipal water supply.


The easiest way to resolve hard water problems in your home is to invest in a water softener system. Water softeners are designed to treat the water in your home well before it ever comes out of your faucet, removing calcium, magnesium, and other minerals.

But how do you choose the right one for your home and family? You will want to consider the following:

  • Size of your home
  • Number of people in your home
  • Gallons of water used per day

This information, along with the help of a good water softener retailer, can help you choose the right system.


Our water softener experts at American Water offer free in-home consultations to help you determine which unit works best for your needs and then prepare an estimate. Call us today at (512) 388-0022 to learn more about water softener installation or to schedule your complimentary appointment.

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