Many common water issues have taken on new importance as increasing significance is being placed on the quality of residential drinking water. Some common water issues may be conspicuous in terms of appearance or taste, while others are not as easily detected by the senses. Ironically, some crystal clear water could be tainted with invisible pollutants or microorganisms. Some of these frequently reported issues could be threats in your Highland Park, Illinois, neighborhood.

High Mineral Content

Water with high mineral content or “hard water” typically results from calcium carbonate and magnesium deposit, but other minerals may also be present. Mineralized water prevents lathering and thorough rinsing. Hard water also leaves spots and streaks on utensils, fixtures, and glass as it evaporates.

A major effect of hard water is the accumulation of deposits inside household plumbing, particularly the water heater. Calcium carbonate in the water solidifies and forms a layer of sediment at the bottom of the tank that interferes with proper heating as well as accelerating internal tank corrosion. This often makes early water heater replacement necessary. Whole-house water softeners will eliminate hard water.


Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that gives water a pungent, disagreeable odor. The odor is often compared to that of sulfur or rotten eggs and is frequently noted where water supplies are drawn from shallow ground sources or wells, versus deep aquifers. High concentrations of hydrogen sulfide pose a health risk. Hydrogen sulfide in water is generally considered a nuisance due to the odor rather than a potential health threat. Because hydrogen sulfide evaporates readily out of water, levels can be easily reduced.


Various particles may be found in residential water. Sediments make water cloudy or have visible particles. Fortunately, sediment filtration is a straightforward process that utilizes a whole-house sediment filter on the main water supply line into the house. These filters may be replaceable cartridge-style filters installed in canisters or filter tanks, much like swimming pool filters. This type incorporates filter media that can be regularly cleaned.

Bacterial Contamination

Untreated household water drawn from private wells or ponds can be tainted with bacteria. Each household is responsible for testing water from a private source.


Pipes in older homes were frequently joined using lead solder and that lead can seep into the water. Lead represents a substantial health threat. If lead contamination is suspected, switch to bottled water immediately and contact your plumbing professional for testing. Certain water softening systems and cartridge filters that use media like carbon block or ion exchange resins will eliminate lead. Make sure filters are changed as specified.

Learn more about how Carefree Comfort, Inc. can tackle your common water issues. Give us a call at 847-388-0115 for more information.

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