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You just woke up and want to brush your teeth. You hold your brush under the tap, turn on the water and … a stream of brown, cloudy pulp trickles out. Rust-colored water is usually not harmful, but it can be annoying. Causes can range from corroded pipes to mineral buildup and utility operations.
Seeing your home’s tap water rust is a traumatizing experience, especially when you don’t know why it’s happening. That’s why we’ve put this primer together to explain why your water looks rusty. If the reason your home water is discolored is rusty pipes, here’s what to do about it. We want all Los Angeles residents to have clean, safe drinking water in their homes.
What makes water brown?
Tap water looks rusty brown, yellowish, or reddish if it contains an excess of sediment or minerals.
The most common discoloring minerals in water are iron and manganese. Tiny metallic deposits of these minerals can find their way into the water stream from various sources, natural or artificial. These minerals can also be responsible for an unpleasant taste or smell of your water.
Is Rusty Water Dangerous?
It depends on the specific minerals in your water, but it probably doesn’t. The EPA regulates the treatment of drinking water pollution primary and secondary Standards. Hazardous pollutants such as lead and arsenic fall under the primary regulations. If these pollutants exceed a maximum pollutant content in a water supply, (usually) will not be delivered to the public.
The EPA secondary regulations cover pollutants like iron and manganese. These pollutants are not harmful to health, but they taste, smell, or look bad and can stain clothing or cause skin rashes. Public water supply systems are required to regularly check for primary pollutants, but unfortunately testing for secondary pollutants is voluntary. Rusty water may be gross and uncomfortable, but it is not really dangerous to drink or bathe.
Why is my water brown?
Any of the following symptoms can result in brown water coming out of the faucets in your home. Use these three common scenarios to diagnose your water problem:
If all of your hot and cold water suddenly turns brown:
IIt can be the result of a nearby interruption in a municipal water pipe or fire hydrant. Much of the American plumbing infrastructure is out of date, i.e. water pipe breaks that release sediments into the water supply happen frequently.
It is also possible that either your water heater or your water supply pipes are rusty or corroded and you are only now noticing the effects.
If only your hot water is discolored:
Deposits or rust may have built up in the tank of your water heater.
If you get brown water from your cold faucet and only certain faucets:
The problem is likely with a particular water supply line.
How to fix reddish-brown water
Now that you have an idea of what caused your rusty water discoloration in the first place, you know where to start:
If all of your hot and cold water suddenly turns brown:
Call your water company. Chances are something happened to a water pipe or a nearby fire hydrant. It is also possible that the city is performing maintenance on the piping system and accidentally kicked up some sediment. They should be able to tell you when your water will clear again and what to do to correct the problem.
After you finish your work, let your faucets run for a few minutes until no more orange water comes out of your faucets. Brown water in toilets should go away after a few flushes to replenish the water supply.
If all of your hot water is discolored:
Try draining and flushing your water heater’s tank. Rusty hot water is often the result of sediment that builds up over time. It is a good idea to empty and flush the tank twice a year. Sediment build-up is not only bad for your water; It is one of the most common causes of water heater leaks.
If you’ve flushed the tank or got a newer water heater and your hot water is still discolored, you may have a more serious problem. Call a professional plumber to diagnose the problem. Too much sediment build-up can permanently damage your water heater or (in rare and extreme cases) cause it to explode!
If your cold water only changes color when it comes out of some taps:
Start by running these faucets at full pressure for a few minutes or until the water is completely clear. Sometimes a small amount of rust can peel off the inside walls of a pipe and get into the water supply. If the problem is that minor, the water should simply run to remove the rust and clean the water again.
However, if your water still looks rusty after passing through it, or the problem reappears shortly after you flush the grate, it may be because your pipes are corroded. If too much corrosion or rust builds up on the pipe walls of your home’s water pipes, minerals are constantly getting into your water and you will still have brown water from your cold faucet.
If you have a corroded or rusted pipe, be sure to have it thoroughly cleaned or replaced as soon as possible before it causes more serious problems. Corroded pipes can lead to blockages and possible leaks or breaks in your water pipe.
Remove brown rusty water in your home
If you’ve tried everything and you’re still frustrated with the rusty water coming out of your faucet, remember that Mike Diamond has your back. call us, and we’ll diagnose why your faucets are spewing this ugly brown stuff and make sure your pipes are carrying clean, clear water to you and your family.
Nobody in Los Angeles should drink in – much less! – Need to shower rusty water. We make sure you never have to.
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