If your water is coming out of the faucet brown, gray, or rusty-colored, don't panic! There are several possible reasons for this, most of which can be fixed without too much trouble. In this blog post, we will describe the most common causes of dirty water and what you can do about them.
#1 Corrosion of Pipes
One of the most common causes of dirty water is corrosion in the plumbing pipes. Over time, metal pipes can corrode from exposure to high levels of chlorine, minerals, and other contaminants in the water. This corrosion can cause particles and sediment to be released into your water supply, causing it to take on a brown or cloudy appearance.
Fortunately, the fix for this is relatively simple. You can start by trying to reduce the number of contaminants in your water by using a filter or installing an additional device at your faucet that removes minerals and other sediments from the water before it enters your home. If this doesn't work, you may need to replace corroded plumbing pipes. Our plumbers can help you identify and replace the offending lines quickly and efficiently!
#2 Iron Bacteria
Another common cause of dirty water is iron bacteria, naturally occurring organisms that release a byproduct called ferric oxide. This substance usually appears rusty or brown in your water and can cause staining on your fixtures, laundry, and other surfaces.
The best way to get rid of iron bacteria is to use a water softener to remove the organisms and their byproducts from your water supply. The good news is that these devices are relatively inexpensive and can be installed quickly and easily by our experienced plumbers.
#3 Water Heater Issues
Finally, if your water is coming out of the tap brown or cloudy, it might be due to an issue with your water heater. Over time, deposits can build up inside the tank and eventually enter your home's pipes. In addition, a faulty heating element can cause minerals and sediments to be released into your hot water supply.
If you think this might be causing your dirty water, our plumbers can inspect and repair your water heater as needed. We may also recommend installing a filter or other device on the incoming line to help reduce sediment buildup in the future.
These are just a few of the most common causes of dirty water from your faucets. If you still have issues after trying these solutions, our expert plumbers can help diagnose and fix any underlying problems quickly and effectively.
Contact us today to schedule your next appointment and get back to clearer water today!