Your water should never be anything but clear and great-tasting. If it has a strange color, odor, or taste, there is definitely something wrong.
Sometimes, the problem is with the water itself, and sometimes, the problem is with the plumbing. Sometimes, the problem just creates a lower quality of enjoyment. Other times, it creates a serious health hazard or issue for your plumbing.
If you notice that your water is anything but clear, you should talk to a plumber and get the situation resolved immediately. Depending on what’s causing the problem, your next call may be to a repiping plumber. Here are a few things that can cause discolored water and what you can do about it:
Rust can turn your water a faintly orange, brown or red color. It can also stain your toilet, tub, sink, and appliances that color, and it can be very hard to remove those stains. The water can also be yellow-ish. The color all depends on the level of rust present.
Rust is not a health issue, but it can be a huge nuisance since it can ruin your laundry and your appliances. Rust can be the result of minerals in your water or oxidization in your pipes. You may need to install a water softener, replace your pipes, or take some other measure. You won’t know until you talk to a plumber.
Copper Plumbing or Brass Fittings
Some people think of beautiful oceans in the Mediterranean and the amazing blue color they have. But the water itself is not actually blue, and the water coming out of your tap shouldn’t be blue either. If it is, chances are good that you have copper pipes or brass fittings that are eroding.
High levels of copper or other metals in your water are a health hazard.
You should work with a plumber to correct the problem – either repiping that section of plumbing or repiping the whole house – and then have your water tested to ensure that everything is at a safe level again.
Air Bubbles in the Water
Your water can also take on a cloudy or milky appearance. If that happens, it’s likely because there is too much air trapped in the water. Usually, this happens when cold water is in your water heater while it’s warming up. It’s a harmless issue unless there’s something else going on with your water heater causing it to happen.
Other Water Heater Problems
Your water heater can cause all kinds of issues that can negatively influence your plumbing or your water. You’ll know that a problem with your water heater is causing your water to be discolored when your cold water is clear but your warm or hot water is brown or yellow.
You might be able to solve this problem yourself by flushing your water heater following the manufacturer’s instructions. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to call a plumber.
Many pipes have zinc coating on the inside to protect them from damage. Over time, this zinc coating can start to wear down itself. When it does, you may notice that your water is yellow or brown when it starts, but then clear after it has run a few seconds. That’s because the coatings are starting to wear down and are washing away.
The next step is for the water to come into contact with the bare iron of your pipes, which will cause even more problems. Call a plumber if you see this happening so you can correct the problem before it becomes worse.
Mold or Algae
Both mold and algae can get into your water supply, and if they do, they can pose serious health risks. Mold may make your water look black, while algae may make it look green or blue. You need to get to the bottom of this problem quickly if you notice this is happening. Call a plumber to find out what needs to be done, and stop using your water until the problem is corrected.
There are many reasons why your water might become discolored, and all of them are cause for concern. If you notice that your water is anything but clear and odorless, you should call a repiping plumber right away. Simple repipe repair might solve the problem, or you might need to repipe your aging system.
Call Integrity Repipe in California for an inspection. We’re the repiping experts, and we’ll help you figure out what’s causing the problems in your plumbing and what you can do about it. We work with all types of plumbing, but we specialize in modern PEX piping, which is a long-lasting and corrosive-resistant material suitable for just about any home or business.
Call us today to talk with a repiping plumber about your options.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656