We all have experienced this sometime or the other – as you turn the faucet to wash your hands, all that you get is rusty or muddy water. This specially happens when you haven’t used the faucet for a long time or when you have returned home after a long time and the faucet wasn’t in use. Most of us do not understand the real reason. There are different kinds of explanations and reasons given for the rusted water.
We all expect that the water we get from the tap is completely clear and clean. If the water isn’t clear, it is not good for our health and safety. So, what is the reason for such rusty water or colored water from the faucet?
The main cause of such water is prevalence of rust. This is a lot dependent on the age of the pipes or even the installed water heater. When did you last get the water heater maintained? If it has been a long time, it is good to have it inspected by professionals at once. The cause of such muddy or rusted water is damage in the pipes or water heater. It needs to be fixed immediately so that you can have clear and clean water immediately.
Is it from the public water supply?
It might happen that this rusty water is coming from the public water system. This happens especially when you are in an old system which has not been refurbished for a long time. You need to call your plumber immediately, but remember to find the source of the problem first.
Rusted Plumbing System:
It might happen that your pipes have rusted. This must not be visible from outside but the pipes are completely rusted from inside. Once your plumber visits and checks, he will be able to determine the cause of rusty water. In case the impurity is due to rust, the water will definitely have a metallic odor. Also, the appearance of the water is completely brown in color. In such a situation, the plumber knows best how to repair or if needed replace the pipes.
The rust particles are actually oxidized iron. If you do not repair or replace the pipes on time, they will leave stains behind. This will specially damage the white linens and porcelain sinks. This can be quite frustrating and you will need help immediately.
The rusted water can be stopped only when you know from where such water is coming and the reason. Your plumber will first find the origin of the rusted water – is it due to the public supply system or the home plumbing system. To find answers to such questions, the specific fixture should be well investigated. Sometimes rusty water is present only when there is hot water flow and when the water is left running for sometime, you get clear water. If this happens, it strongly means your plumbing system is at fault.
No matter what the problem is, your plumber will definitely find a solution. Get in touch with your plumber for early solution!