Is Your Water Really Supposed to Look That Way?

by Steve on October 3, 2014

Discolored Water: Causes, Fixes & Prevention

 

Discolored WaterFirst of all, discolored water is a type of water that has absorbed a number of minerals be it algae, iron, or even copper in certain cases. If you notice that your water looks a bit different than usual, you should contact a professional plumber for assistance. You never want to get in a position where you drink some water that’s unsafe.

What Causes Discolored Water?

Pretty much rust from iron or the material of pipes can actually dissolve in the water causing it to change color. The actual sediment may be disturbed to the point where it sets in the water. This is typically caused by a water main break, maintenance and other things that could change the water flow. If you notice that there’s discoloration after using hot water, it could be the water heater. Get a professional look at the problem.

How Can It Be Fixed?

Plumbing ServicesIn more dramatic cases, definitely call a plumber. If you notice it takes your water heater a while to warm up after using it, it may be honestly failing. Additionally, you’ll see corrosion, banging noises, and weird sounds coming from the heater. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to put in a new one. You may just have a water heater that past it’s prime. A plumber can solve the problem by getting a new heater that’s updated and works well with your pipe system.

How Can It Be Prevented?

Being proactive by checking for signs of failure will certainly save you a ton of money. Here are a few tips to help you out. Annual checkups certainly help quite a bit because you may need to just flush out your water heater. This helps keep clean water in and flush the toxins and things corroding away from your water. Also, be sure there are no leaks or anything in the heater. This can cause disturbances outside of just your pipes. Periodic check ups from time to time can save you money and a huge maintenance bill. By taking this proactive approach, you’ll be able to extend the life of your water heater.

If you ever see any Discolored water, run it on cold or hot water. Hot water could mean a problem with the water heater itself. Cold water could mean a problem outside like a water main. Consult a plumber when things are a bit more serious.

Bring in a plumber into your San Jose home to look over your plumbing system and make the necessary corrections. Call Rayne Plumbing & Sewer Service Inc. at (408) 283-0600 today! 

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