Why is My Water Discolored?

Water DiscoloredThere are a few reasons as to why the water coming from your taps could be discolored. Discolored water tends to be a light to dark yellow, or light to medium brown color. At Dutton Plumbing, we’ve put together a list of why your water may be discolored and what you can do to change this. Read on to find out more.

Water Pressure

One of the main reasons that discolored water can result is due to when the water traveling through the pipes reaches high velocities which stir the sediment lying in the bottom of the water mains. Usually, this can happen during heavy rainfall and storms and tends to run clear after a day or so.

Other Reasons for Discolored Water

Other reasons that you may experience discolored water coming through your taps could be due to a water main break, local fire-fighting activity, or extremely high system demands. If you do experience discolored water coming through your taps, don’t worry. There are absolutely no health risks associated with using water that is slightly yellow or brown. This is because the matter causing the discoloration is not harmful. One of the best ways to try and drive out the sediment is to run your cold taps for a short while. However, this is not necessary.

The most important thing to keep in mind when you experience discolored water is to not panic. Simply wait for it to pass.

Speak to Us at Dutton Plumbing

If you are concerned about the discoloration of the water coming from your taps or you want to speak to one of our professional plumbers about something else plumbing related, call us today. If you’re having problems with your water heater or require professional drain cleaning, we’re here to help.

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