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Bad tasting water is never good. Your water should never taste like anything. It should be cool and refreshing, without any particular taste or odor. If you ever do notice a taste to your water, there’s likely a problem. You might have an issue with your plumbing, or you might have an issue with what’s coming through in your water. You might need to repipe, repair, or you might need to take other measures.

The best way to handle any bad tasting water is to call an Oceanside Plumber for a thorough inspection and for tailored recommendations. Here are some of the most common causes of foul-tasting water that may be plaguing your system: 

Bad Tasting Water and How to Resolve It

Hydrogen sulfide

Hydrogen sulfide creates a smell like rotten eggs – and the taste isn’t much better. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that can get absorbed in your water as the water passes through the ground. This is typically a bigger problem with well water rather than city water, which is usually treated in a plant. 

You can treat hydrogen sulfide in your water with an oxidation and filtration system. The oxidation will turn the gas into sulfur, which will then be removed by the filtration system. Talk to your San Clemente plumber to discover the source of the hydrogen sulfide problem to determine if an oxidation and filtration system will solve it or if other measures will need to be taken. 

Dissolved Solids

If you have dissolved solids in your pipes, the water may have an earthy or musty smell and taste. Dissolved solids can include any compounds left in the pipes after the water has run through, including from sewage, stormwater runoff, chemicals used in water treatment, or even from your own pipes. Depending on what solids are left behind, the water can also taste bitter or salty.

If the dissolved solids are from your own pipes, you will most likely need repiping to replace those failing pipes. If the solids are from another source, your Long Beach plumber will guide you on what action to take, including getting in touch with municipal authorities where necessary.


Chlorine is frequently used to disinfect water, both in pools and in your water supply. The chlorine kills harmful bacteria and other growth. Chlorine is used in most water treatment plants, but it should not travel with the water to your home, so you should not taste the chlorine or smell it in your water. 

If you do have chlorine in your water, there could be a breakdown in your plumbing system or your municipality could be using incorrect levels of the chemical or poor methods for cleaning the water. You may be able to deal with the chlorine by installing a chlorine removal system, or you may need to take other action. 

Other Chemicals

Many metals end up in tap water that can cause bad tastes. Common culprits are copper, iron, and lead. Mostly, copper and iron only turn your water brownish or reddish, without changing the taste much. However, with any of these metals in the water, you could get a metallic taste.

Some metal may be able to be filtered out of the system or removed with a water softener. Others may be coming from old pipes, and that may mean that you need re-piping. Talk to a Chula Vista plumber to find out what is causing your problem so that you know the best course of action to take. 

There are many things that could be causing your water to taste or smell bad, and many of them are problematic for your health or your plumbing system. If you notice anything that seems kind of off about the way your water tastes, call a Ladera Ranch plumber. You need an expert to inspect your system and to help you understand the best path forward.

In California, call Integrity Repipe if you have water that tastes or smells bad. A repiping plumber from our team will inspect your system and help you understand what is causing your problem, as well as what the overall health of pipes looks like. Many times, water that smells bad is the result of aging pipes. Either the pipes are corroding into the water or they are coming loose from their connections. We’ll help you understand how a repipe repair or repiping can help you. Call us in California today to meet with a plumber and to learn why we are the repiping company that California residents trust. 

Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc

Integrity Repipe Inc – San Clemente, CA
927 Calle Negocio Suite O
San Clemente, CA 92673

Phone: 949-397-2404
Website: integrityrepipe.com/san-clemente

Integrity Repipe Inc – Long Beach, CA
2201 N Lakewood Blvd, Ste D #297
Long Beach, CA 90815

Phone: 562-362-5040
Website: integrityrepipe.com/long-beach

Integrity Repipe Inc – Chula Vista, CA
591 Telegraph Canyon Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: 619-313-5744
Website: integrityrepipe.com/chula-vista

Integrity Repipe Inc – Ladera Ranch, CA
27762 Antonio Parkway L1
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Phone: 949-397-2795
Website: integrityrepipe.com/ladera-ranch

Integrity Repipe Inc – Lakeside, CA
8337 Winter Gardens Boulevard
Lakeside, CA 92040

Phone: 619-494-3507
Website: integrityrepipe.com/lakeside

Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Phone: 949-449-1142
Website: integrityrepiping.com/aliso-viejo-repipe-copper-pex-ca

Integrity Repipe Inc – Oceanside, CA
1759 Oceanside Blvd C,
Oceanside, CA 92054

Phone: 442-300-3057
Website: integrityrepiping.com/oceanside-repipe-copper-pex

Integrity Repipe Inc – Porter Ranch, CA
19360 Rinaldi
Porter Ranch, CA 91326

Phone: 818-630-9265
Website: integrityrepiping.com/porter-ranch/


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