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Discolored Water: Causes, Fixes & Prevention


Discolored WaterWhen a person turns on the water in their kitchen or bathroom, they expect clean and clear water to come out. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Sometimes a person will see discolored water. Not only does the water have a strange dark color, but the water usually has an unpleasant smell. No one wants to clean their body, clothes or dishes in this water, and they definitely do not want to drink it. In these cases you may need to call  on a professional plumber.

What Are the Causes?

There are several different things that should be considered when trying to troubleshoot the cause of discolored water. The first thing that a professional plumber will consider is the hot water heater. Different parts of the hot water heater or they tank itself may have begun to corrode and rust.

Mineral deposits in the pipes can cause discolored water. At times, mineral deposits can clog the pipes. When water is flowing through them, this can cause the pipes to start shaking. This will loosen the mineral deposits and can cause the water to become discolored.

How Can It Be Fixed?
Our plumbers have years of experience finding the cause of discolored water and then taking the necessary steps to fix this problem. If a hot water heater is causing the discolored water, we will do the maintenance necessary to get rid of the corroded and rusty pieces. Normally, a piece called the sacrificial anode needs to be replaced. If mineral deposits in the pipes are causing the discolored water, various tools that we have on hand can be used to clean the pipes.

How Do I Prevent It?

It is important for a hot water heater to receive regular maintenance. This is going to prevent the corroding of various parts of the hot water heater and the tank. Hiring a professional to maintain the tank is the best option. If the hot water heater is old, it would be best to replace it.

If mineral deposits caused of the discolored water, after they have been cleaned, we will usually recommend that a homeowner install a water softener. This will help to eliminate the problem of mineral deposits on the pipes.

It is always best for a homeowner to call a professional when they are having plumbing problems. Prevention and maintenance is the key to avoiding discolored water and expensive repairs that will need to be made if something as simple as a clogged drain or discolored water is ignored.

Bring in a plumber into your Naperville home to look over your plumbing system and make the necessary corrections. Call Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc. at (630) 577-9241 today!