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Understanding and Addressing Brown Water in Your Home

Serving Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, and more of AZ with professional plumbing services since 2001

Turning on the faucet only to be greeted by brown water is not just unsettling, but it also raises valid concerns about water quality. In today’s discussion, we’ll demystify the causes behind brown water, its implications for your home and effective strategies for resolution.

What’s Behind the Brown Hue?

The usual suspects behind brown water are sediment or rust that accumulate within your plumbing system. Older homes or properties with galvanized iron pipes are especially prone to this issue. Other factors could include disturbances in the water supply line, such as a main water line rupture, fire hydrant tests or nearby construction activities that stir up sediment.

If you notice the brown water is exclusive to your hot water supply, your water heater could be the root cause. With our hard water in the Valley, sediment settles at the bottom of the water heater tank, affecting the color and quality of the hot water it generates.

Understanding and Addressing Brown Water in Your Home
Understanding and Addressing Brown Water in Your Home

Brown Water: More Than Just an Eyesore

The discoloration isn’t merely cosmetic—it could have tangible effects on your home and health. Brown water can stain clothing during laundry cycles, tarnish your sinks and toilets and even alter the taste and aroma of your food. 

From a health standpoint, brown water could carry harmful metals and bacteria. Although it’s usually safe for short-term activities like hand-washing or showering, it’s not suitable for consumption or food preparation.

Proactive Solutions

  • Regular Maintenance: The key to avoiding brown water lies in proactive plumbing maintenance. Regular inspections can identify potential rust or sediment issues, allowing for timely cleaning or replacement of problematic pipes.
  • Water Heater Maintenance: If hot water is the issue, an annual water heater flush can mitigate sediment build-up. Persistent problems may indicate that it’s time for a new water heater.
  • Water Filtration: A whole-house filtration system can remove contaminants, providing clear and safe water for all household needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’ve spotted brown water; what should I do next?  

A: Begin by pinpointing the source. If the issue is exclusive to hot water, your water heater likely needs servicing. For ongoing issues, it’s wise to consult with experienced professionals, like us at Instant Plumbing and Rooter.

Q: Can brown water damage my appliances?  

A: Over time, sediment present in brown water can accumulate in appliances, diminishing their efficiency and longevity.

Q: How frequently should I flush my water heater?  

A: To prevent sediment accumulation, we recommend an annual water heater flush.

Q: Is bathing in brown water safe?  

A: Although generally safe for brief contact, prolonged exposure may irritate your skin due to impurities.

Q: Can I cook with brown water?  

A: Cooking or drinking brown water is not advisable, as it could contain potentially harmful substances.

If brown water has become an issue in your home, don’t hesitate to contact us at Instant Plumbing and Rooter. Our aim is to ensure that your home’s plumbing systems remain in optimal condition, so you can enjoy the peace of mind you deserve.

About Us

Instant Plumbing and Rooter LLC is a family-owned and operated plumbing business in Phoenix, AZ. We’re a family of reliable professionals that use the latest techniques for dependable plumbing services. Since 2001, we have been taking care of our community’s plumbing needs promptly and professionally.

Through our work, we aim to change the perception of plumbers in our community. Our goal is to make homeowners like you more informed, as well as show others that being a plumber is not just about unclogging toilets.

A plumber brings hygiene, sanitation, and comfort to everyone, and that’s what we’re here to help you with.

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