Has your water gone from looking clean and clear to rusty brown, yellowish, or reddish? At Trust Rooter, we understand that this can be alarming. Luckily, there are simple actions you can take to resolve the problem.
Let’s look at some of the possible reasons why your water may be discolored and what you can do.
As pipes deteriorate due to age, they may become corroded. Over time, the materials will break loose and enter your water supply, resulting in discoloration.
If your pipes are corroded, you’ll need to call a skilled plumber to replace or reline your pipes. A plumber will help you decide which option is right for your situation.
If you have hard water in your home, the minerals present in the water will accumulate on the pipe walls over time. As water continues to flow through your pipes, the minerals will leach into the water and cause discoloration. If your water is discolored and you’re experiencing low flow at the same time, the problem is most likely mineral buildup in your pipes.
Minor mineral buildup caused by hard water can be fixed by flushing your pipes with white vinegar, which works by dissolving the buildup. In case of heavy mineral buildup that doesn’t seem to dissolve, the only solution is to call a professional plumber to help you with pipe replacement.
If you have discolored water coming out of your hot water taps, then it could be due to a problem with your water heater. There are two possible scenarios: either there’s sediment in the hot water tank or the unit is corroded.
A simple solution to sediment buildup in your hot water tank is to flush your water heater. Simply connect the drain valve to a garden hose, then open the drain valve and let the water flow out of the tank. If the problem persists after flushing your water heater, call a nearby plumber to inspect the unit and determine the best course of action.
If your water is discolored and you need professional help, reach out to Trust Rooter. Here at Trust Rooter, we offer a wide range of reliable plumbing services, including pipe repair, pipe replacement, water heater repair & maintenance, plumbing system maintenance, drain line repair, and many more.