Discolored Water: Causes, Fixes & Prevention

Discolored Water: Causes, Fixes & Prevention

What Are The Causes?

Many times water will take on a discoloration that causes people alarmed and call a professional plumber, and this is a good idea. When it is in the drinking water it is no wonder they are taken aback. Actually, there are usually two main reasons for water to become discolored, although they are not the ONLY reasons.

One reason that water becomes discolored is due to flow changes within the water mains. This can be the result of a main leak, the pipes on your property, or maybe an open fire hydrant. The other major cause of water discoloration is a hot water heater that is failing.

Even though discolored water is never appealing to drink, it is not necessarily a sign of a health threat. Lots of places experience iron in the water. This can be the result of rust in the pipes that has built up on the pipe walls, and now the pipes have been disturbed. Where the older cast iron mains are used, this problem can be common.

How Can It Be Fixed?
The first recommendation is to always flush the water until it comes out clear from your pipes. If after several minutes of flushing it still comes out discolored, you should give it a couple of hours to see if the sediment will settle and the water again becomes clear. If flushing doesn’t work after the first couple of times, then you should call your local plumbing company to come and do the flushing for you.

You should not do your laundry or run hot water in your home while the water is discolored. This will prevent the sediment from entering your hot water tank. Filtering or treating your water might remedy persistent discolored water problems, but the best move you can make is to call your local plumbing company.

How Do I Prevent it?

Most plumbing companies do not endorse the methods mentioned above or specific filtration products. There is a lot of things to look at and to check. There are just no guarantees with the home use products available to combat this problem. There are specific rules and guidelines that accompany all of these products. Unless you are a qualified plumber you will not have the technical expertise to handle the problem on your own.

Bring in a plumber into your Columbia home to look over your plumbing system and make the necessary corrections. Call Plumbing Solutions at (803) 513-5749 today!