Find The Cause Of Rasty Water

Find The Cause Of Rasty Water

Dirty rusty water flows from the faucet


Find The Cause Of Rasty Water

The Cause Of Rasty Water

No one wants to drink or bathe in rusty water. It’s not good for your laundry or dishes either. But what causes rusty water?

Determining the origin of rusty water isn’t always easy, but checking some common sources could bring you a step closer to understand why it’s affecting your home.

Rasty Water

Water Heater

The first thing you should check is whether it’s only the hot water that’s rusty. Turn on one tap at a time and test the flow. If it’s just the hot water that’s a problem, the cause could be an aging water heater. When the tank begins to rust from the inside, the hot water puts out rusty as well.

Pipe Sediment

Rust is oxidized iron. If your house is old like most, the plumbing system was probably built with iron pipes. Usually, if there is only a small amount of sediment, the rust settles on the bottom of pipes and will only come out if it’s disturbed.

However, if there is a lot of pipe sediment, it will show up in your tap in the form of orange or yellow water.

Maybe It’s The Pipes

If you can’t figure out the problem to an issue inside your home, it could be coming from the municipal pipes. Old pipes often rust on the inside. If there is construction nearby, it could disturb the sediment in the main water line. A change in water pressure may move the sediment into your home’s plumbing system.

You can test whether it’s coming from a source outside your home by turning on your outdoor garden hose. If the water is clear, the rust is coming from inside your home, not the public system.

What’s the Solution?

If you’ve narrowed down that the rusty water is coming from your own plumbing, try flushing out the pipes first. Turn on most taps in different areas of the home and let them run for approximately 20 minutes. If the sediment does not dissapear, wait for 30 minutes and try it again.

Still not sure why you have rusty water? Call and they will get your water run clear again.

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