Water Problems in Kitchener Waterloo

Water Problems in Kitchener Waterloo

Common water problems and what to look for.

Hard Water and Limescale

Hard water contains dissolved calcium, magnesium and, in many cases, iron. Most homes have hard water, whether it is supplied by a private well or a municipality. Hard water eventually forms a rock-like scale buildup over time as it interacts with your water fixtures and appliances.

Hard water scale is obvious on shower doors and fixtures, but it will also form in places you can’t see. Common problem areas include pipes and hot water-using appliances, such as your water heater and dishwasher.

Homeowners frequently purchase expensive cleaners and chemicals to remove the scale, or chip away at it with sharp objects, however, they are often disappointed with the difficulty, expense and effectiveness of their efforts.

Take the first step and find out how hard your water is and if there are any other issues. Your 5 Star Water Solutions professional will be glad to arrange for a free, in-home water analysis and demonstration of the Kinetico home water treatment solutions.

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Hard Water Etching

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Water Stains

Stains can be caused by water hardness, iron, dissolved minerals or natural acid in your water, or a combination of these. These water stains are usually orange, black or bluish green and can appear anywhere that water comes into regular contact and can lead to stained fixtures, clothing, and even hair. As anyone who has tried to clean them can tell you, these stains can be difficult to remove and they come back quickly after cleaning.


Since the 1850s, chlorine has been used as a disinfectant to kill harmful bacteria in water itself or the pipes that transport it. It has helped end a number of major threats to public health. Although chlorine in water is essential at the treatment plant and in the water distribution system, it is no longer necessary once the water reaches your home.

Though chlorine is vital for stopping the spread of disease, its benefits come at a price. Chlorine tastes and smells bad. It dries skin and hair, fades clothes (bleach is made of chlorine) and can dry out the rubber seals in appliances, shortening their lives.

5 Star Water Solutions' chlorine removal systems and drinking water solutions eliminate chlorine from your water.

Water Source Concerns

How safe is your water source? It depends. With public water, the government and municipalities work very hard to ensure your water is safe to drink. Unfortunately, some contaminants may be difficult to detect or realistically treat on a large scale, or may enter the water system through gaps in the infrastructure, such as aging pipes. Also, it is necessary to add chemicals such as chlorine or chloramines to effectively treat and distribute water to households over long distances.

Private water sources bring their own challenges and deserve extra attention and precautions, including regular testing for safety. Water that comes in contact with annoying or harmful contaminants, both natural and man-made, can carry them along into your home.

Take the first step to put your mind at ease by scheduling a free in-home water analysis with your 5 Star Water Solutions professional.

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