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Discolored water coming from sink

Why Is My Home’s Water Discolored?

It can be easy to forget how valuable clean water is. After all, most of us simply turn a tap and we have unlimited access to clear, running water. So what should you do if it suddenly turned brown one day?

Help! My Water is Brown

How water gets discolored.

Over time, water mains become clogged with minerals, sediment, dirt, and rust — all things that can change the color of your water. If your water was clear yesterday but now isn’t, there’s likely a problem in the water main that stirs up these deposits.

Another cause of discolored water could be due to damaged or recently replaced water pipes. During a major repair or replacement, rust can become dislodged and make its way into your water supply.

Is it safe to drink brown water?

While brown water typically isn’t toxic or poisonous, we still advise all of our clients to never drink or shower in discolored water. Since the discoloration you’re seeing could be due to a leak in rusted pipes, you shouldn’t drink or bathe in it until a plumber has investigated and solved the problem.

What you should do.

If you’re noticing brown water flowing from your taps, you should:

  • Let your water run for 20 minutes. Sometimes repairs or changes within your water pressure can cause discoloration. If after a few minutes your water starts running clear, you can start using it again.
  • Call your town’s water supply. Run cold water for about 15 to 20 minutes. If the water doesn’t turn clear, call your town and ask whether the brown water is being caused by a problem with the city’s pipes. You should also reach out to neighbors and see if they’re having the same problem.
  • Check your water heater. Is only the hot water running brown? If so, sediment build-up or rust in your hot water heater could be causing the problem.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing has been assisting homeowners with their plumbing issues for decades, and our expertise is unmatched! To learn more, give us a call at (262) 320-4822 or fill out our form!