Discolored Water: Causes, Fixes & Prevention
The appearance of reddish, brown, or yellow water is practically inevitable for most homeowners. Depending on the geographical area and whether water comes from a well, reservoir, or some other source, there are several potential causes. Determining how to address the presence of discolored water coming from facets throughout the home or building will largely depend on the frequency and the root cause, but it is always a good decision to call a professional plumber.
Causes of Discolored Water
Rusty water is a common side effect of an industrial pipe flushing that is ordered by the local department of public works. The initial treatment is usually followed by a hefty dose of chlorine or other cleansing additive. This will go away within the first few uses. Lingering rusty or brownish discoloration could be a result of old or failing metal pipes. Pinkish, reddish, or otherwise cloudy water could point to a build up of bacteria or other debris in the water. Whether the water is being tainted from an external or internal environmental factor, a certified plumber can assess a sample and recommend a treatment plan.
Removing Discolored Water
Depending on the original cause of the discoloration, there are a few remedies for water discoloration. Chronic discoloration or bacteria ridden water should always be boiled before use for cooking or drinking. Well water often has a less than clear appearance but is still safe to drink. Treatment options may come in the form of tablets or filters that work with existing faucets throughout the home. When old or dilapidated pipes are the problem, the easiest solution is to replace the compromised structures and perform a thorough flushing that will eliminate any leftover residue.
Preventing Discolored Water
The most efficient way to avoid discoloration is to have regular preventative maintenance performed on the plumbing system. Regardless of the age of the home, the pipes may be connected to a public source that is nearly a century old. Filters used for drinking water will eliminate many of the contaminates that make water appear murky or tinted. If the discoloration is only in select areas of the home, a plumber may suggest using a specialized treatment that will only affect certain faucets and drainage lines. The best option for preventing discolored water is to consult with a professional plumber for guidance and support.
Bring in a plumber into your Montgomery home to look over your plumbing system and make the necessary corrections. Call Cole Plumbing at (334) 279-8919 today!