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Why is Your Water Discolored?

Of all the things people do not expect to find when they turn on their faucet to get a cool drink, is discolored water flowing from the tap into their glass.

Wenatchee, WA Discolored Water ServicesThe causes can vary, as can the colors of water. Some people may find red water, while others will find green water or even black water.

Whatever color of water they have, it’s a sure thing that problems exist and a plumber needs to examine the situation. To understand the causes of water discoloration, here are a few helpful tips.

Bluish-Green Water

If your water starts to take on a bluish-green color, that could be a dangerous sign. In all likelihood, metals such as copper and brass have started to contaminate the water by seeping from plumbing fittings.

This can in effect poison the water, making it unusable until repairs have been made. A plumber can test the water for levels of these metals, and if found make the necessary repairs.

If this color is found in your water, it’s imperative to not delay repairs as well as make sure it is not used for drinking or cooking purposes.

Green Water

If your water is green, you’ve probably got high levels of algae or other organisms living in your water. This sounds disgusting, but in almost all water some algae or other organisms exist in extremely low levels.

If you suspect this is the problem with your water, a plumber can test it and then apply special chemicals that will help bring algae levels back down to acceptable levels. If the problem persists, water filters can be installed on faucets to help alleviate the problem.

Red or Yellow Water

In many Wenatchee homes, water from the kitchen to the bathroom will start to take on a reddish or yellowish color over time. This usually indicates the home has pipes that are rusting from the inside, and they will need to be replaced as soon as possible. A plumber can test the water for rust levels, which can go fairly high depending on the condition of the affected pipes.

Usually an issue found more in older Wenatchee homes, the pipes are often those found in damp, dark areas like basements, crawlspaces, or garages. Although repair bills for this job can be high, the new pipes will prevent this problem from ever occurring again.

If your water is discolored in your Wenatchee, WA home, call Allied Plumbing & Pumps at (509) 662-6622 today, and we’ll solve the problem for you!

 

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