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A Guide to
Common Water Problems

Water problems come in various forms. The obvious ones, like stained sinks and bad odors, are unpleasantly easy to detect. The guide below can help you spot some of the more common issues

Unfortunately, many contaminants, such as nitrate, arsenic, and PFAS, can only be detected by a laboratory test. 

Correctly diagnosing your water problems is the first step to correcting them. U.S. Water is home to a full-service testing laboratory, certified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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At U.S. Water, we pride ourselves on being one of the few Wisconsin water treatment companies with a state-certified lab. Our investment in this state-of-the art facilities ensures that our technicians can help you diagnose your water problems both quickly and with guaranteed accuracy. 

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Acidic Water

Acidic water can cause plumbing corrosion and lead to costly leaks. Check your water for pH balance.

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Bacteria

Whether city water or well water, your system can be susceptible to bacteria such as E. Coli and coliform.

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Bad Odor

Sulphur, bleach or sewer smells are more than embarrassing. They may be affecting your family’s hydration.

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Bad Taste

It’s hard to get your family to drink enough water, especially when it has a Sulphur, metallic or chlorine taste.

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Cloudy Water

Air bubbles, sediment, and microbes can all cause cloudy-looking water. Simple tests can identify the issue.

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Hard Water

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Hard water can cause scale build-up and costly damage to water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines.

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Sediment

Sediment can lead to cloudy, discolored water and clog plumbing fixtures, affecting water quality and flow.

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Staining

Do you have yellow, rust, or black-stained sinks, toilets and tub?
It may be iron, manganese
or tannins.

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Toxins & Metals

You can’t see or taste them, but harmful toxins may be present: chlorine, lead, nitrate, PFAS, arsenic and more.

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