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At one point or another, a number of our clients have voiced concerns regarding the sudden appearance of brown water emanating from their faucets. It is essential to comprehend that there are a few possible causes for this kind of water discoloration if you have ever experienced it. The water may be completely safe to drink in most cases, but it may also be contaminated and pose a serious health risk in some cases.

What to Do If Your Water Is Discolored

In this article, we will go over what causes brown water to appear in your home, what you can do about it, and how to fix the issue so that you can once again enjoy water that is clear and clean. However, if the problem does not go away, get assistance from the professionals at SWR Plumbing.

Why is the water I use brown?

Sediment, minerals, or rust that has accumulated over time in the water mains may be the cause of your water’s brown color. These sediments might get loose and get into the water supply for your home, turning the water brown or discolored. If you notice that the water coming out of your taps is brown, the deposits may have been disturbed by nearby construction work or another event.
When this occurs, all that is required to clear the water is a few hours of waiting. You’ll need to get in touch with a professional plumber to figure out what’s causing the discoloration if this doesn’t work.
A recent pipe replacement or broken water pipes are by far the most common causes of brown water coming out of residential plumbing systems. Brown water results when rust escapes from the pipes and enters your water supply. Water pressure shifts during repairs, frequently removing loose deposits from the piping.
Before they can cause a leak that could waste water, the rusted or damaged pipes need to be found. These pipes can be found and fixed by a plumber before they cause more damage.
Mineral buildup in the water lines is another common cause of brown water. Homes with well water or municipal water that contains a lot of minerals are more likely to experience this. The discoloration of the water can be caused by these minerals accumulating over time.
In order to get rid of the mineral deposits from your water, you may need to clean your water softener on a regular basis. In order to resolve the issue, you may need to install a water softener if you do not already have one.

Is the water toxic or dangerous?

No, your brown water rarely poses a threat. Your water may be brown due to the presence of iron for the aforementioned reasons. Iron is typically found in tap water. It is not harmful unless it is present in high concentrations and is a substance that occurs naturally in soil.
Even though the water is safe to drink, we do not recommend it. Water that is rusty from corroded pipes can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Additionally, rust can result in pipe leaks and unhealthy growth of mold and mildew.
How can I eliminate the brown water?
By running cold water from your faucet for at least 20 minutes, brown water can be eliminated permanently from your home. If the water continues to be brown after this, contact your city’s utility provider to request that a fire hydrant be used to flush it out. Call the professionals if the issue persists after this.
Next, determine whether the water in your home is colored only by the hot or cold water. If it only comes from hot water, your water heater might be to blame. It might need to be flushed. The water in your tank may turn brown if it has rust on the inside. You can fix this by draining and filling your water heater as directed by the manufacturer. The rust may indicate that your water heater is past its prime. Contact SWR Plumbing for a water heater inspection as soon as you determine that the brown water is caused by hot water in your home.
Last but not least, if your water heater is not to blame, inquire about the situation with your neighbors. If they are, you should get in touch with your city’s utility provider because it most likely stems from the municipal water supply piping. To remove the rust from your home’s piping, you’ll need the help of a professional if your neighbors don’t have the same issue. Purifying the water with water softeners and filters is all you can do if this doesn’t solve the problem.
Although it can be a nuisance, discolored water rarely poses a threat. The majority of the time, the discoloration is caused by rust in the pipes and does not pose a health risk. Call a licensed plumber if the issue persists after following these steps. They will be able to assist you in locating and repairing the issue.
If your water is brown, get in touch with us for assistance. If you have brown water in your home, you need to fix it right away. There are many things that can lead to brown water, some of which are more serious than others. The majority of the time, the issue can be resolved with minimal effort. However, if the issue does not go away, it is essential to contact a professional. SWR Plumbing has helped homeowners with brown water and other plumbing issues for a long time. Give us a call at 203-516-4505 right now!