Does Your Water Have an Unpleasant Odor?

What’s in your water isn’t always transparent. While some contaminants can cause foul odors or smells, others can go completely unnoticed. Luckily, your local St. Joseph Culligan Water® experts know firsthand about common water issues in your area.

With a free, in-home water test, they can check levels of water hardness, chlorine, total dissolved solids (TDS), iron and other common issues – with results in 30 minutes or less. Your Culligan of St. Joseph Water expert may also send your test to our IL-EPA certified lab, which can test for a broad range of issues including lead, copper, bacteria and other contaminants. Your local dealer will make the process seamless, so you’re not left wondering how to test water quality at home on your own.

Before your water enters your home, it can pick up smelly contaminants – from the soil around private wells, miles of underground utility pipes or even the local municipal water source itself. Many municipalities add chlorine to offset the problems caused by these contaminants, but this only makes you water smell worse! You may not be able to see these contaminants, but as soon as you turn on the tap or lift a glass to your face, something is obviously not right.

Common water odor problems include

  • A “rotten-egg” odor due to hydrogen sulfide in the soil near your well
  • A musty, woody smell due to organic contaminants like algae or total dissolved solids (TDS)
  • A “bleachy” smell due to chlorine added in by municipalities
  • A soapy or chemical smell due to contaminated private wells

Bad-smelling water has many causes, and Culligan has the right water treatment equipment for every situation. Whether you need a Culligan® Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System that removes particulates smaller than a micron, a Culligan® Whole House System that provides filtered water at every tap or a Culligan® Sulfur-Cleer™ Filter that removes “rotten-egg” odors, your local Culligan Man™ has the perfect solution for you.

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