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Why Is Your Water Discolored?

Water discoloration may result for a variety of reasons. Some water discoloration may cause concern and require the involvement of a qualified and experienced plumber to determine the source and extent of the problem. Some of the most common causes for water discoloration are discussed below.

Corrosion or rusting of pipes

One of the most common causes of water discoloration or the appearance of particles in the water is corrosion or rusting of the water pipe interior. As the rust or corrosion becomes dislodged from the pipe, the material mixes with the water and creates the discoloration. With the assistance of a plumber, you can determine the extent of the rust or corrosion. Some issues may be resolved through simple, minimally invasive cleaning procedures. In more significant cases, the pipe may need to be replaced so as to prevent larger issues from arising due to the buildup within the pipe and deterioration. In any event, seek out the advice and assistance of a plumber.

Water main breaks

Water discoloration may also be indicative of issues with your water distribution system or main. Water mains may deteriorate due to old age, corrosion, over exertion, or damage. This allows dirt and debris to enter the system, resulting in the appearance of particles and discoloration in your water. Water main and distribution issues can be very complex, so consultation with a plumber is advisable in these situations.

Construction activity

If you notice sudden discoloration in your water, look around the vicinity of your home to see if any construction work is being completed. Often times, construction crews tap into water lines as they are completing plumbing work on their projects. This allows sediment and dirt to enter the system and also disrupts settled material already in the system. In these situations, the water discoloration will only be temporary, until such time that the construction work on the water system is completed.

What should you do if you notice water discoloration?

If you notice water discoloration, exercise caution before consuming the water. If you cannot determine the source of the problem, contact a plumber to evaluate the situation and determine possible remedies. Also, you may be able to contact your local water department to request information about possible activity in the area which may have caused the problem. Make sure to get the advice of a plumber or water department representative before you consume any discolored water.

If the water is discolored in your Franklin, IN home, call Kellie Plumbing Inc. at (317) 738-2707 today, and we'll solve the problem for you!