Why Is My Water Rusty?
With so much in the news recently about rusty, contaminated water – seeing your faucet spit out less than clear water can be frightening. Luckily, the problem is generally localized, but in certain cases may mean it’s time for replacement pipes.
Here are the 3 most common causes for discolored water which range from minerals to corrosion to a water break.
The first, and most common cause of red, yellow or brown water is due to mineral sediments. These metallic flecks of iron or magnesium can enter your water from the source or due to construction, and may be caused by weather or seasonal changes. Wait 20 minutes and run your tap for 3-5 minutes. It will most likely start running clear.
City Planning or Construction
If both your hot and cold taps are running brown, check for planned maintenance to your city’s water break or if there is a larger fire pulling water from the city pipes. Large construction projects can also be the culprit.
Finally, if either your city water system is outdated or if your home pipes are in need of repair, you may be faced with a longer lasting situation. Older systems (personal & public) use materials that are beginning to fail from corrosion or rust caused by oxygen, iron, and water sitting for long periods of time.
If you want some expert advice or need a long-lasting solution in South Cook County or Northwest Indiana, call (219) 322-4906 today!