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What to Do If Your Tap Has Rusty Water
What to Do If Your Tap Has Rusty Water
What to Do If Your Tap Has Rusty Water
What to Do If Your Tap Has Rusty Water
12 August,2023

What to Do If Your Tap Has Rusty Water

Rusty water flowing out of your tap can be both unnerving and alarming. If this issue presents itself to you, some steps can help identify its cause and find solutions.High Speed Plumbing walks through how best to address rusty water professionally and straightforwardly before you need an emergency plumber.

Before panicking, it is essential to recognize that rusty water does not necessarily indicate major plumbing system issues. There may be various causes behind its presence, ranging from minor to major concerns — taking appropriate actions for each cause is key.

Determine the Source

To locate its source, switch on multiple taps throughout your house. If rusty water appears only in one, this could indicate localized issues arising from corrosion of pipe parts or build-up of sediment in its supply line. Still, if all faucets display it as well, then your plumbing may have more widespread issues that need addressing.

Check Water Clarity

To understand where your issue may lie, fill a glass with water and allow it to settle for several minutes before taking any further steps. If the initial rusty appearance clears away after some time, this could indicate that its source lies within your pipes; otherwise, it might indicate trouble elsewhere, such as your supply source or utility company.

Contact a Professional Plumber

If the source of rusty water remains unknown or persists, consulting with an experienced plumber would likely prove beneficial.

Potential Solutions

A professional plumbing service could suggest various possible solutions depending on the source of rusty water:

  • Flushing Your System: Rusty water may be caused by sediment build-up in your pipes. A plumber might suggest flushing your plumbing system for optimal results in clearing away these sediments - typically by running water through each tap for an extended period, clearing away the debris that might cause discoloration of water and clearing away discolored spots from their passageway.
  • Repiping: Repiping could provide the ideal solution for severe cases where pipes have become severely compromised due to corrosion or rusting. Repiping involves replacing older damaged pipes with new ones to provide clean water throughout your home and ensure reliable supply throughout its entirety.
  • Water Quality Testing: If the discolored water also exhibits any unusual smell or taste, testing your water quality could be wise. A professional plumber can conduct tests to identify whether contaminants could be the source of its discoloration.

Prevention

Once your issue has been addressed, there are steps you can take to protect against further instances of rusty water:

  • Conduct Regular Maintenance: The first step to proper plumbing care is conducting periodic inspections by an expert plumber to detect potential issues before they develop into something larger.
  • Water Softening: If your area features hard water, consider installing a water softener to soften its mineral-rich composition, which could contribute to buildups of rust and sediment in pipes and tanks.
  • Filter Installation: Investing in water filters can help ensure a higher-quality experience by trapping particles and sediments before they enter your taps - something especially helpful if water quality concerns are top of mind for you.

High Speed Plumbing

We specialize in solving rusty water concerns with solutions tailored to your specific circumstances. Our professionals can identify the source of your rust colored water before suggesting appropriate remedies that include flushing your system or installing preventative measures to guarantee cleaner water for you and your household.

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