My water smells like chlorine/bleach. Are there a lot of chemicals or extra chlorine in the water?
No.
Chemicals, such as chlorine, are always kept at safe and unnoticeable levels. The chlorine is maintained at a fairly low level. These smells, and possibly tastes, can be from a number of sources:
1. The small amount of chlorine reacting with smells in the air, in the drain or plumbing fixtures. Chlorine itself has no odor, but when it comes in contact with organic material like skin or odors, it will react and give the characteristic bleach smell. Try smelling bleach in the jug (not much odor). Then, put a drop on your skin and smell (bleach). This is caused by a chemical reaction with your skin (an organic substance). Remedy this by cleaning sinks and drains and running enough water to diminish the smells.
2. Chemical smells can come from a garden hose that is connected to the house. If this hose has water left in it, the water can make its way back into the house by reverse pressure and make the water in the house taste and smell horrible. It can also affect tea and ice. Remedy this by keeping the hose disconnected when not in use or install a back-flow device designed for hoses.

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1. Why do my pipes bang or why do I have low pressure?
2. Why does my water smell like kerosene, cat urine or sulfur?
3. My water smells like chlorine/bleach. Are there a lot of chemicals or extra chlorine in the water?
4. Why do my toilets and sinks have black or pink rings or spots on them?
5. Why is my water discolored or muddy looking?
6. Why does my water look milky white?
7. Why do my pipes freeze?
8. How to prevent frozen pipes.
9. How to thaw pipes if they are frozen.
10. What is the hardness of my water?
11. Do you add fluoride to the water?
12. What happens if the sewer backs up? What can you do?
13. How do I tell if my sanitary sewer problem is in my house plumbing or in the public sanitary sewer main?
14. If my sewer backs up, is it my responsibility to pay for it?
15. How can I avoid future backups?
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