We understand that water discoloration can raise safety concerns. There are different reasons why this happens and not all require professional help.
Find out what the common causes of water discoloration from local plumbing experts.
A problem at your local water distribution center can be causing your water supply to turn yellow. It’s possible that your city is performing repairs on a local water main or a nearby fire hydrant can be experiencing issues.
Local water distribution centers typically conduct a flash program once a year. The process involves increasing the water pressure to remove loose rust and fragments from water lines. It can cause the water to absorb the rust and turn yellow.
Older homes usually have galvanized iron or steel pipes. Over time, the protective zinc layer on these pipes can wear off and the iron or steel underneath gets exposed to water and begins to rust. Your water will turn into a yellowish-red or brown color when the residue from the rust dissolves in the water.
This water can cause stains in your clothes and furniture. It can also affect the taste and color of your food. If this is the cause of the water discoloration you’re experiencing at home, you’d need to have the rusted pipes replaced. Make sure to hire the best plumber to handle your plumbing repair or replacement. At Oak Plumbing, we don’t only treat the symptom but effectively solve the root cause of the problem.
Algae buildup in your plumbing system can cause the water from your faucets to turn green. These microorganisms can grow when there’s a blockage in a filter or other components in your system. A skilled plumber can locate the blockage and get rid of algae in your plumbing.
Black, Blue, Pink or Purple Water
Black water can indicate mildew growth while blue water can be a sign that the blue disinfectant from your toilet tank is leaking to your water supply. Moreover, pink water is usually caused by potassium permanganate, a chemical used to oxidize manganese and iron. As long as the water stays pink, it shouldn’t cause issues to your health.
Whether you need a leaking kitchen faucet repair or water heater replacement, you can count on Oak Plumbing. Call us at (707) 200-7594 (Solano County) or (800) 397-3799 (Benicia). You may also complete our contact form to learn more about our services. We work with homeowners in Vacaville and Benicia, CA.