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Why Is My Water Brown?

August 19, 2022 | Blog

The sudden appearance of discolored water coming from your taps is enough to instill fear in any homeowner’s heart. What makes water change colors? And more importantly, is it safe to drink? At Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’re here for our customers in Norman, Moore and Oklahoma City metro areas for all their plumbing needs.

Read on to learn more about why tap water changes color, what you can do about it and the effects it has on your plumbing. When you need help bringing your pipes back into like-new condition, reach out to our team. We can restore your plumbing and give you peace of mind about your home’s water. Ready to get started? Reach out to us today!

What Causes Water To Change Colors?

Interestingly, your home’s water color can change overnight. This can be caused by a number of events, including:

  • High demand for water during drought
  • Corroded water lines
  • Pressure changing in your city’s water lines
  • The water table has changed after high rain or drought
  • Faulty filtration equipment

Any of these changes can cause the water coming to your home to contain excess minerals or sediment – resulting in discolored tap water.

The color of your tap water changes depending on the material the water travels through. For instance, corroded iron pipes can rust, resulting in red or brown water. Whereas very corroded copper pipes can deliver blue water from your taps!

Is Colored Water Dangerous?

When tap water doesn’t run clear, the next question becomes, Is it dangerous? It’s important to understand what the different colors mean and what causes them to know whether or not your water is safe to drink.

By and large, red, yellow, orange and brown are the most common colors that occur in home plumbing systems. The two frequent causes are rusty pipes and sediment buildup. In general, this discoloration doesn’t pose a direct health hazard, but its unsavory taste does decrease its quality. If you have poor water quality in your Norman home, reach out to our team for water line and water heater inspections as well as water softening accessories. We’re waiting to hear from you!

Trusted Plumbing Repairs In Norman

When it comes to home plumbing, many of our customers wonder what repairs can fix their brown or yellow water. Oftentimes, pipe corrosion leads to off-colored water as rust and other debris flake off to mix with your water supply. If that’s the case at your home, it may be time for plumbing repair or pipe replacement.

Outdated plumbing and pipes that are past their prime will eventually wear out and succumb to damage. Save yourself the hassle and expense of damaged piping and schedule your repair with our team today. Don’t live with unsightly, discolored water any longer – contact the Norman team!

Reach Out Today

You deserve clear, reliable tap water day in and day out. That’s why the team at Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here for you! We put our customers first and don’t stop until the job’s done right. For dependable plumbing, water heater or water softening services, reach out to us today!

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