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Potential Reasons Your Water is Discolored

Water is an essential part of our daily lives, and we expect it to be clear, clean, and safe for consumption and use. However, there may be times when you turn on the tap and notice that the water is discolored, which can be concerning. Discolored water is not only unappealing but can also indicate underlying issues with your water supply. Here are some potential reasons why your water may be discolored.

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Rust in the Plumbing

One common cause of discolored water is the presence of rust in your plumbing system. Over time, pipes can corrode, and rust particles can break loose and mix with the water. This can result in a reddish or brownish discoloration, and it’s often more noticeable when you first turn on the tap in the morning or after the water has been sitting in the pipes for a while.

Sediment and Minerals

Another reason for water discoloration is the presence of sediment and minerals in the water supply. These particles can come from various sources, including groundwater, reservoirs, or old pipes. Sediment can give water a cloudy or murky appearance, while minerals like iron and manganese can lead to a yellow or reddish tint.

Algae and Organic Matter

In some cases, water discoloration can be caused by the presence of algae or other organic matter in the water source. Algae blooms in rivers, lakes, or reservoirs can produce substances that discolor the water. While not typically harmful, this type of discoloration can be unappealing.

Water Treatment Chemicals

Water treatment facilities often use chemicals like chlorine to disinfect and purify the water supply. While these chemicals are essential for ensuring the safety of the water, they can sometimes react with organic matter in the water and cause temporary discoloration. This discoloration is usually not harmful and should dissipate with time.

Pipe Corrosion

Corrosion inside your home’s plumbing system can also lead to water discoloration. If your home has older galvanized iron pipes, they may be deteriorating, causing rust and other particles to enter your water supply. Consider having your pipes inspected and, if necessary, replaced to improve water quality.

Construction or Maintenance Work

Discoloration can also occur when there is construction or maintenance work being done on water mains or pipes in your area. Disturbances in the water supply can cause sediment to be stirred up, leading to temporary water discoloration. In such cases, the issue is usually resolved once the work is completed.

Bacterial Growth

In rare cases, bacterial growth in the water supply can result in discoloration. While this is less common, it can happen if there are issues with the disinfection process at the water treatment facility. Bacteria can create byproducts that affect water color.

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If you’re experiencing discolored water, Michael Runk can help! With over 20 years of industry experience, we can identify the root cause of your water discoloration and implement a solution that resolves the problem quickly. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our Master Plumbers.

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