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Is That Brown in Your Water?


Discolored Water

Most people take the availability of pure clean water for granted. However, sometimes people turn on the water and are shocked to see a flow of gross looking discolored water coming out of their tap. This discolored water can be yellow, brown, reddish, or a combination of each of the colors. Although discolored water generally does not pose a major health risk, it is a problem that needs to be fixed right away. There are several causes and solutions to the problem of discolored water that a plumbing professional can explain to you with our plumbing services.

What are the Causes?

There are several things that can cause your water to become discolored. Usually, water becomes discolored as a result of sediments mixing with the water in your plumbing system. The sediments enter a home’s plumbing system in several ways. One common cause of discolored water is rust resulting from the deteriorating old galvanized plumbing pipes in your house. Another common cause of discolored water is your hot water heater. Over time, a hot water heater begins to rust and sends various sediments into the plumbing system which cause the water to become discolored. In other cases, discolored water is caused by a problem with the main water line. Often, a main water line break or disruption causes sediments to mix with the municipal water supply. Whatever the cause is, a professional plumber can solve the problem.

How Can it be Fixed?

The solution to curing the problem of discolored water depends upon the cause of the problem. In some cases, the problem can be fixed by simply flushing out the plumbing system in your house. You can simply turn on the water at several points and let the water run until it is clear. In other cases, the solution is not so simple. If the problem is caused by the hot water heater, the unit will have to be repaired or replaced to solve the problem. In the case of rusted or deteriorated plumbing pipes, the pipes will have to be removed and replaced with new and improved modern plumbing lines. Consult a local professional plumber for advice about what is the best course of action in your situation.

How Do I Prevent It?
While there is usually nothing you can do to prevent problems with the main water line, there are steps that you can take to prevent your water from becoming discolored. You can install a water filtration system to prevent sediments from entering your plumbing system. Also, you can have your plumbing system inspected on a regular basis to diagnose a problem before it becomes an issue. Talk to a local plumbing contractor to discuss your options to keep your water pure and prevent it from becoming discolored.

Bring in a plumber into your Tucson home to look over your plumbing system and make the necessary corrections. Call Spartan Plumbing at 520-617-1000 today!