When people turn on a faucet in their home, they expect to see clear, clean water flow out of the tap. Few things are as surprising and concerning as witnessing discolored water flow from your faucet. Discolored water typically means sediment is getting into your home’s water system. While brown water isn’t always dangerous, the sudden appearance of discolored water is a problem that needs to be resolved. Below, our plumbing repair company shares a few tips for Next, take some time to check all the faucets inside and outside your home. troubleshooting discolored water.Sunshine Plumbing and Gas is a full-service plumbing company serving Ocala and Gainesville, Florida. Contact us today to get a free estimate on any of our plumbing services!

What To Do When Your Water Is Discolored

Troubleshooting Discolored Water

Sediment, minerals, and rust can accumulate in a home or business’s water mains. When your home’s water becomes brown and discolored, it’s an indication a disturbance in your pipes has stirred up these deposits. The following are a few methods for identifying the cause of discolored water and resolving this problem.

Compare Hot & Cold Water

Start troubleshooting by running the cold and hot water separately and comparing their appearance. If only the hot water appears discolored, the problem is likely related to your water heater or pipes. Hot water discoloration could mean your water heater must be flushed or serviced.  Additionally, discolored hot water could be due to copper or iron pipes. However, if only the cold water is discolored, or they’re both discolored, you’ll need further troubleshooting to discern the cause.

Check All Your Faucets

Next, take some time to check all of the faucets inside and outside of your home. If you notice discoloration in the water coming from some, but not all, of your home’s faucets, then it’s likely you have an issue with the plumbing in a specific location of your home, not with the water coming into your home. If you believe that a localized plumbing problem is causing the discoloration in your water, an experienced plumber can help you identify and fix the issue. However, if you notice discoloration in all of your faucets and toilets, then further troubleshooting will be necessary.

Try Running Cold Water For A Few Minutes

Running the cold water for 2–3 minutes could resolve your discoloration problem. If your water’s discoloration clears up after running your cold water for a few minutes, then there is likely an issue with the plumbing in your home, as the discoloration resolved when you brought in fresh water from the water main.

Can’t Get Rid Of Discolored Water? Contact A Plumber!

Having trouble diagnosing the cause of your water’s discoloration? No worries. One of our experienced Ocala plumbers or Gainesville plumbers can help identify and correct any water discoloration problems affecting your home or business. Contact Sunshine Plumbing and Gas today to request a free estimate on any of our local plumber services!

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