Discolored Water: Causes, Fixes & Prevention
What Are The Causes? There are several things that can cause your water to become discolored. Cloudy or milky water is likely to be caused by air in your plumbing. Brown or rusty water is experienced only when using hot water in which would indicate a problem with your water heater. If both your hot and cold water is brown or rusty, the cause is more than likely an iron eating bacteria in your plumbing system. Our plumbing services can help. How Can It Be Fixed? Resolving cloudy or milky water is as simple as finding the faucet furthest away from the water source and allowing it to run for several minutes. This will allow all the air to escape and should fix the problem. If you are concerned about wasting the water then use a bucket to catch the water and use it to water plants. Addressing brown or rusty water is more complicated and it is recommended that you contact a qualified plumber. Brown or rusty water from the hot side only could be as simple as flushing your water heater. However, it could also indicate water heater failure. In this case your water heater will probably need replaced. Contaminated water coming from both the hot and cold sides is usually caused by any number of non-toxic bacteria, such as Crenothrix. Your plumber will treat a bacteria infected system with chlorine. It will likely take several treatments to effectively remove of all bacteria. Thorough disinfection is crucial to preventing reinfection. How Do I Prevent It? As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prevent cloudy or milky water by checking the function on your back-flow prevention devices. Since there are many potential causes of air in your plumbing, it is best to have a licensed plumber inspect your system for potential problems. For brown or rusty water, flushing your water heater regularly, replacing anodes every 5 years and ensuring all vents are clean and unobstructed will go a long way to keep your water running clear. You may also consider installing a water heater with a sealed porcelain enamel tank. Preventing Crenothrix and similar bacteria means disinfecting anything that will come in contact with your plumbing system. Since bacterial invasion generally occurs during service it is best to have an experienced plumber perform maintenance on your plumbing system. Hire someone to look over your plumbing system and make the necessary corrections. Call ABC Plumbing& Rooter at (480) 726-1600 today!