Common Causes of Discolored Water

Yellow water is a common occurrence in many households. It can be caused by a variety of factors, but luckily many of them are easy to fix. As a homeowner, any change in performance can be a stressful situation, especially when it might have an impact on your health. Because of this, it’s important to understand what common issues cause this discoloration in your water, and what you can do about it.

Additionally, plumbing maintenance and education can help you stop it from happening in the future. The information below will help you understand your yellowing water.

Pipes Rust with Age

If the water coming out of your taps has a yellow tinge to it, one of the most common reasons for this happening is pipes that are rusting. The good news is that oxidation, or rust, is naturally occurring, which means perhaps the rust is coming from your pipes, or perhaps from outside your lines. In fact, this is often why your city may flush your community’s water lines, to periodically break free any accumulated particles. When they do this, your tap water may be yellow or brown for a bit afterward.

rusty pipes

Yellowish water is typically safe to drink. There is one thing to remember, though. Rust sediment can sometimes remain in your water line. If it then attaches to the inner lining of your pipes, it can cause corrosion and eventually failure. So if you do have yellow water, it may be worth contacting a plumber.

Damaged Pipes Can Affect Water Quality & Health

water qualityWhile drinking yellow water isn’t going to seriously harm you, it’s not very appetizing. And in fact, consuming clean drinking water is one of the best ways you can keep yourself and your friends and family healthy and safe. Pollutants, such as lead or other chemicals that are in the water system can lead to illnesses, diseases, and sometimes even death if the contamination is bad enough.

Lead in water can lead to lead poisoning, which causes developmental delays in young children. And polluted water can be home to various microorganisms and bacteria that can cause temporary, or even more long-term illnesses.

The good news is that almost all plumbing systems nowadays are built to provide safe drinking water, but it’s when your plumbing lines and pipes have aged or broken down that you would need to worry. So contact your plumber, especially if your plumbing is old or if you have concerns. You can also pay to have your water quality tested so you know where you stand.

Water Filtration Is an Essential Deterrent

If you are concerned about the safety of your water, there is a quick, and often an easy way to make sure you’re drinking water remains clean and safe: installing a water filter.

water filters

There are a variety of different filtration options, everything from filters that you attach to your taps, filtered water pitchers, or even system-wide filtration systems that protect your own home. If you’re interested in learning more about water filtration options, feel free to contact your local plumber and they’d be happy to help.

Call Oliver’s Plumbing & Remodel for Your Plumbing Needs

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