Common Water Problems in Minnesota & Wisconsin

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Ensure that everything touched by water in your home looks, smells and tastes its best. Fixtures stay bright and stain free. Appliances last longer and run efficiently. Clothes and towels feel soft and fluffy. And your water is clean, clear and enjoyable, whether it's water from your private well or city water. Aquarius and Kinetico can fix the water in your home – guaranteed.

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Common water questions in the bedroom

Why do I have dry skin and hair?

There are two common causes. The first is hard water, which prevents soaps and shampoos from lathering fully and rinsing away completely, leaving a film on your skin and hair. The second cause is the chemicals used to disinfect public water supplies. When you experience life with Kinetico, these problems stop cold, and your hair and skin will notice the change immediately.

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Why are my clothes, towels and sheets stiff?

You have dissolved minerals in your water. In the wash, these minerals get trapped on the fibers in your clothes and also cause detergents to stick to fabrics. As if that weren't enough, dryers then bake the minerals and leftover detergent into your laundry, dulling the colors and leaving the fabric scratchy and stiff. With Kinetico, your water is free from unwanted minerals — so your towels stay soft and last longer.

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Common water questions in the bathroom

Why do I have dry skin and hair?

There are two common causes. The first is hard water, which prevents soaps and shampoos from lathering fully and rinsing away completely, leaving a film on your skin and hair. The second cause is the chemicals used to disinfect public water supplies, such as chlorine. When you have Kinetico, these problems stop cold, and your hair and skin will welcome the change.

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Why are there stains in my sink, bathtub and toilet?

Stains can be caused by iron or minerals in your water, or because your water has a lot of natural acid in it, or both. As anyone who has tried to clean them can tell you, these stains can be difficult to remove. With Kinetico, your water returns to its natural clear, clean self — and stains become a thing of the past.

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Why is my bath water cloudy?

Cloudy or turbid water is usually caused by dissolved or suspended solids. Water can become turbid naturally or from land disturbances such as construction, storms and urban runoff. Whatever the reason, murky water gets in the way of enjoying the water in your home. When you have Kinetico, your water will be restored to its clean, clear self and once again becomes a welcome friend for bathing.

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Common water questions in the dining and living room

How does bad water affect my living room?

Hard water has dissolved minerals in it, which can leave unsightly spots on hard surfaces like windows, tables, floors, silverware, dishes and glassware. These spots are often difficult to remove. Minerals can also cause discoloration or orange, blue or green staining depending on your water.

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How can I stop relying on bottled water?

The primary reasons for choosing bottled water include bad odors, funny tastes or orange or cloudy water. Kinetico eliminates these problems and provides a boundless supply of clean, fresh water that makes teas taste crisp, coffee more rich and a simple glass of water a refreshing delight. When you cook with Kinetico meals taste more flavorful too. You also save on the expense and hassle of bottled water and reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our landfills.

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Why does my water have funny tastes or odors?

Natural minerals and bacteria, common chemicals used in water treatment (such as chlorine), or man-made contamination may be acting behind the scenes to give your water its funny tastes or odors. Kinetico thoughtfully and completely removes the sources of funny tastes and odors so your water is clean, fresh and enjoyable.

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Common water questions in the kitchen

How safe is my water source?

It depends. If you have a private water source, the safety of your water depends on whether it comes in contact with natural or man-made contaminants. One of the many benefits of Kinetico is that our approach returns your water to its pristine state, so you know it's always right and ready for your family to enjoy.

Water from a municipal supply is generally safe, although it likely contains chemicals that, though are proven to reduce bacteria and viruses in water, can dry your skin and hair and are potentially harmful to consume. It's also possible that some contaminants may "slip in" through aging pipes en route to your home.

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Why are there spots on my dishes and appliances?

You have "hard water," dissolved minerals in your water. These minerals are left behind when your dishwasher or the air dries your dishes. With Kinetico, your water is freed from these minerals — so spots no longer form and your appliances stay clean and bright and last longer.

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Why is my drinking water cloudy?

Cloudy, murky or grayish water is usually caused by dissolved or suspended solids. This is also known as "turbidity." Water can become turbid naturally or from land disturbances such as construction, storms and urban runoff. Whatever the reason, murky water gets in the way of enjoying the water in your home. After Kinetico, your water is restored to its clean, clear self and once again becomes a welcome friend for drinking.

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Common water questions in the laundry and utility room

Why are my clothes, towels and sheets stiff?

You have dissolved minerals in your water. In the wash, these minerals get trapped on the fibers in your clothes, sheets and towels and also cause detergents to stick to fabrics. As if that weren't enough, dryers then bake the minerals and leftover detergent into your laundry, dulling the colors and leaving the fabric scratchy and stiff. With Kinetico, your water is free from unwanted minerals — so your towels stay soft and last longer.

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How can better water make my appliances last longer?

Hard water is brutal on appliances. The minerals in it build up inside pipes, sapping water pressure, using more energy and making your appliances work harder and wear out faster. Your water heater, for example, is likely the second-biggest energy user in your home. With Kinetico, you'll spend 30% less on energy to heat your water, and your appliances will last longer too.

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Common water questions in the garage

How can I stop relying on bottled water?

Water that looks, smells or tastes funny is the primary reason most people turn to bottled water. Kinetico eliminates these real concerns and provides a boundless supply of clean, fresh water that makes teas taste crisp, juices come alive with flavor and a simple glass of water a refreshing delight. You also save on the expense of bottled water and reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our landfills.

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Why are there spots on my car after I wash it?

You have dissolved minerals in your water. These minerals are left behind when the air dries your car. With Kinetico, your water is just water, no minerals — so spots no longer form.

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Identify & Fix Common Water Problems in Your Home.

Some drinking water issues are obvious, others are invisible. Our local water professionals know your area and your water. We’ll provide you with a free water analysis and plumbing audit, so you can be armed with the information you need to make the right decisions for you and your home’s drinking water safety.

Whether your home uses a private well or municipal water for its main water source, there are plenty of problems you can run into. Homes and business with well water bring many unique challenges and responsibilities. To start, you and only you are responsible for checking and understanding what may be in your water. The benefit of a private well is; you get to determine how your water is treated. City or municipal water is treated to a varying degree; depending on the waters’ source. However, what most homeowners don’t realize is, city water still contains contaminants and could cause problems for you or your home. While water treatment plants are regulated and required to share the water quality with business and residents, the infrastructure that water travels through to reach your home may add additional contaminants along the way.

A variety of factors can affect how your drinking water tastes, smells and feels. That’s why we test your water before we recommend how to treat it properly. Some of the water problems that we commonly see and treat in Minnesota and Wisconsin include hard water, iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide and high chlorine levels.


Hard Water

Hard Water

Many water distribution systems have been proven to deliver hard water — water high in minerals. In fact, hard water issues are so common that they persist in 85% of homes nationwide. Hard water dries out skin and makes hair brittle. It causes soap scum in tubs and showers and spots on faucets and fixtures. It also causes scaling (off-white, chalky deposits) in appliances, which results in less efficiency and costly repairs.

Learn more about our Water Softeners | How to Test If You Have Hard Water?


Drain Rusty from Iron and Manganese

Iron and Manganese

Are your plumbing fixtures turning strange colors like orange, pink, or a shade of blue/green? This is usually caused by the oxidation of certain chemicals or materials. High concentrations of iron and manganese, in addition to copper piping, can all become oxidized. Iron and manganese can leave rust stains on clothing, appliances, and fixtures. What’s more, these metals can leave your water with a metallic taste and a bad smell. Luckily, by combining a water softener with good oxidizing and colloidal iron filters, your water can be rust-free!

Learn more about our Specialty Water Filters | Home Water Softeners


Rotten Egg Smell

“Rotten Egg Smell”

Hydrogen sulfide can give your drinking water an unpleasant taste and smell, sometimes even rendering it unusable. Fortunately, a good water filter can help to remove hydrogen sulfide from your plumbing.

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Water has chlorine taste or smell

High Chlorine Levels

The taste and smell of chlorine are unappealing and can also dry out your skin and hair. While municipalities use chlorine to disinfect the water supply, it should be filtered out before you use it to eliminate these effects.

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Cloudy Water in a Drinking Glass

Gritty Water & Bacterial Issues

Are you noticing sediment particles floating around in your drinking water? Is your water cloudy? This is most common with private water supplies, drawn from fresh-water sources like ponds, lakes or rivers. This can also indicate hard water scaling from municipal water supplies. Either way, a good sediment filter can help keep unwanted particles out of your drinking water for good. Well, lake or groundwater can also contain naturally forming bacteria that can be dangerous for consumption. For these issues, chlorinating filters can help disinfect these private water systems before the water even enters your home.

Learn more about the most Common Contaminants Found in Drinking Water


Drain Rusty from Iron and Manganese

Corrosive Water

Water with a low pH is acidic and can erode pipes and leave blue and green stains behind. Drinking corrosive water can cause health concerns, as it may contain the metals from pipes.

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Additional Resources:
FAQ: The Facts About Your Drinking Water
What’s in Unfiltered Wisconsin Water?
FAQ: Common Water Softener Questions Answered

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