Discolored Water: What do the colors mean?Dito Rodriguez | Aug 30, 2018
Have you noticed discoloration in the water coming from one of the faucets in your home? While water discoloration can cause some alarm there is no need to panic. Before assuming the worst it’s important to remember that numerous things could be causing the water discoloration. The different colors that come from your faucet each reveal something different about your water supply and your emergency plumber in Winder is here to help you figure out what those are!
Yellow, Red, and Orange Water
Sometimes there is no real need to worry about the discoloration, but that’s only if the problem with the discoloration is temporary. If discoloration persists, then you should call one of our trained Winder plumbers. Yellow, red, and orange water is most likely an indicator that there is rust in your water supply. This rust could be coming from your city’s main water supply or it could come from rusty pipes in your house. Although this is not appealing, water with low levels of rust contamination does not pose a life-threatening issue to you or your family. A way to test and see if the discoloration is coming from your pipes or your city’s water supply is to see if the discolored water is coming from just one faucet or only when you run hot water. If this is the case then the problem is the pipes in your house.
Blue or Green Water
Blue or green-tinted water can indicate two things. If the water is pure green then it is tainted with algae. If you’re seeing green water coming out of your faucets, this is most likely due to a buildup of algae in your system. Algae are naturally occurring microbes that can appear when a blockage in a filter or other part of the system builds up over time. One of our experienced plumbers can diagnose where the blockage is coming from and clear your system of algae. Copper pipes also tend to leave a greenish coloration in water over time as they wear. Unlike algae, however, you will notice stains on your sinks and tub as copper evaporates into the water and a residue is left behind. This should be addressed immediately as copper is potentially harmful to humans in large quantities and can lead to diseases and kidney or liver damage if ingested over time. If you’re seeing stains and greenish water from your copper pipes, call one of our experienced plumbers today!
Another color of the water to avoid all costs is black water. Black water is a sign of mold or sewage, especially if the water has an odor. Definitely do not use this type of water for anything! If you have black coming from your faucets call one of our emergency plumbers immediately. We would be happy to come out and test your water and find the source of the problem.
Discolored water absolutely causes for concern, but with High Priority Plumbing just one phone call away, there is no need to worry! Our 24-hour plumbing services in the Metro Atlanta area are available for your peace of mind. If you are interested in more of our plumbing hacks and services, please give us a call at 770.860.8110.