Why is the Water in My Home Brown?

Oct 4, 2017

hot water tap plumber repair brisbane loganWe often don’t think about the water that comes into our homes through plumbing until there is a problem. Thus, hen you turn on the tap and the water suddenly is slightly brown, you become concerned.

Brown water can occur due to several reasons, such as:

  • Burst water mains or water main repairs in your municipal system
  • Extensive use of water by your local fire department
  • Too much iron and/or manganese in the water
  • A rusty pipe

Any disturbance of sediment in your Brisbane area water pipes can cause light to dark brown particles to appear in your water. If you live in an older neighborhood, you may have cat iron municipal pipes. As these pipes age, iron and manganese from rusting pipes appear in the water supply. Although rusty water isn’t harmful to shower in or use for brushing your teeth, it can discolor dishes and laundry.

How to Get Rid of Brown Water

First, determine if neighbours also are experiencing brown water, turn on the taps for about 20 minutes to flush the system or water landscaping for the same amount of time. The problem lies within your municipal system.

If nearby homes don’t have brown water, the problem is within your own home. Brown water in your home can have several causes, such as:

  • Aging water heaters
  • Damaged or broken pipes

Brown water that comes only from your hot water taps is usually due to rust and sediment in your water heater. These appliances usually have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. If the age of your water heater is with this range and hot water often comes out brown, it’s time to replace it.

When brown water comes from cold taps as well,, a deteriorating pipe in your home plumbing system will most likely be the source of the problem. If you experience a small amount of rust, you can probably live with it for a little while. Be aware, however that rusty pipes can cause clots and create breeding grounds for bacteria or illnesses Having a technician from Intagas replace or repair a deteriorating pipe is your best option.

Broken pipes must be replaced immediately. Determining the location of a rusted or broken pipe can be frustrating. Our professionals have the diagnostic tools to do so as we can perform a video inspection of your system to determine where the problem is. Contact Intagas today for any problems that you may have with the plumbing in your Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich or northside home.

Contact Mick on 0435 579 094 or send a quick email.

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