What should you do when you get brown water from taps

Brown water, or more commonly seen as having yellowish, muddy appearance, can be caused by a number of reasons. So if you are wondering why am I getting brown water from my tap, here are a few culprits that could be causing the nuisance.

Galvanized Wrought Iron Pipes

Internal pipes in your house’s plumbing could be decades old and you may have no idea. Pipes made of wrought iron tend to rust over time and the rust eventually begins to leech into the water, changing the water’s colour to muddy brown and giving it a funny taste.

Rusting pipes are a serious plumbing issue as it can lead to reduction in water pressure and flow, can leave stains on washing and even burst inside resulting in damage to your property.

The best course of action to take here is to get a licensed plumber to replace the old rusty pipes with new ones.

Sediment Buildup

Even clean water can contain low levels of sediment which can eventually build up to the main as it flows through the pipes. With an increase in water flow, the sediment stirs up and come out of the taps when you turn it open.

The same can happen if your local water providers are working on the main in your street causing settled dirt to come through the pipes. Sometimes it’s so much that it causes the taps to block. Removing the aerators and washing them off should suffice to get clear water coming again.

Contaminated Rainwater Tank

If you have been doing laundry and toilet flushing with rain water stored in your rain water tank, don’t be surprised if you see brown coloured water coming from the taps. This is probably due to the dirt flowing into the tank from your roof.

When rain water tanks are not maintained for a very long period of time, accumulated sludge can change the colour of the water. It’s best to get your rain water tank cleaned by a professional plumber.

Wrapping up

Contamination can surely change the colour and taste of water. But it doesn’t stop there. It can pose a health risk too.

As licensed plumbers in Sydney, we can help you sort out your brown water so feel free to give us a call and we would be more than happy to help.

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