Water Problems & Solutions

Most homes face a combination of water problems. We scientifically test each home and come up with custom solutions to treat existing problems and maintain excellent water quality for years to come. Below are some examples of common water problems you may be experiencing.

Hard Water

Symptoms: Hard water is easy to spot, it leaves a ring in your tubs and sinks made up of hardness, minerals and soap. This scum collects on shower walls, inside your household plumbing and on fixtures and even causes damage to your skin and hair. Hard water can also clog pipes, cause water heaters to operate insufficiently and increase maintenance on water-using appliances. The picture above shows a faucet that has severe calcium buildup and had to be replaced because it was hindering the flow of water in the home. Repairs like these can become quite costly but necessary if you don't treat your water correctly.

Solution: Water hardness is corrected by the use of a water softener/conditioner. The water passes through a tank containing resin beads holding "soft" sodium ions. The "hard" calcium and magnesium ions are then exchanged for sodium ions, thus softening the water.

Iron Water

Symptoms: Iron water is easy to detect, it may leave iron stains on sinks/tub/showers, clothing/linens or cause iron scaling to form in pipes and water-using appliances that makes your water look and smell bad. A water-test can determine how much iron is present in the home and which type of iron it is.

Solution: After carefully testing the iron content in your water we will correct it with solutions that range from water softeners to filtration to chemical treatments.


Taste & Odor

Symptoms: Tastes and odors in water do not normally cause physical problems in the home but can be very objectionable. You can probably smell the chlorine wafting from your glass of drinking water at times. But wait, that's not right. You should be smelling chlorine in your pool, not your drinking water. 

Here's a little known fact: chlorine has been widely used as a disinfectant for drinking water since the early 1900s. Today, chlorine remains the most widely used chemical for water disinfection to ward off waterborne diseases and bacteria.

Solution: Common tastes and odors can be easily treated by activated carbon. Minor problems can be treated by a single-faucet filter. Hydrogen sulfide is a different problem requiring a different type of treatment. Low levels can be treated with an iron filter, followed by a water softener. High levels require additional solutions.


Symptoms: Turbidity is simply dirt or other suspended materials in your water. You can detect turbidity by visual inspection. In addition to being unpleasant to look at, it can clog small water-bearing openings and cause wear on valves, seats and washers.

Solution: Suspended materials in water can be trapped in a tank filter containing a bed of filtering materials. Small amounts of turbidity can be handled with a cartridge filter designed for removing sediment from your water supply.



Symptoms: Drinking water contaminants cannot be detected except by professional laboratory testing. These contaminants can be either naturally occurring or man-made. 

Solution: Depending on the type and amount of the contaminant, there are various methods of treating tainted water, including sediment filters, taste and odor filters, chemical containment filters, lead reduction filters, reverse osmosis drinking water systems and microbiological filtration. 

ARW is affiliated with certified laboratories that perform drinking water tests for customers worldwide in accordance with US EPA and standard methods. These labs will test for compliance and informational purposes and hold certifications across the U.S. 

The EPA and CDC provide a vast database of information on water-related issues, treatment methods and reference guides to educate consumers on all water-related topics.