Discolored Water: Causes, Fixes & Prevention
If you are suffering from discolored yellow water, you are already experiencing the visual and physical discomforts of using your water. You may not know that discolored water is actually hygienically harmful. It is recommended to identify the cause of the problem and get it fixed right away by a professional plumber so you, your family, and guests can go back to enjoying clean water again.
The first thing to check is if the discoloration is happening with both hot and color water or just the hot water. If you are lucky enough to have the cold water coming out clean, then this means that the source of the problem is coming from the water heater and not the main water supply. There are a few reasons why your water heater might be given you discolored water.
Sediments Stored In Your Water Tank
Water heater tanks store water until it heats up when needed so because of this, sediments from minerals can settle at the bottom of the tank and keep accumulating. After some time, these sediments can turn the hot water yellow when it comes out of your faucet. To fix this problem, the tank needs to be completely flushed out and cleaned. Another issue could be if the the water heater tank actually rusted inside which would release iron into the water, thus, making it yellow. If this happens, the entire water tank needs to be replaced.
Iron Bacteria In Your Water Tank
Another reason why your hot water could be yellow is that there is iron bacteria in it. This is caused by your water having excessive amounts of iron in it, if the water has little to no oxygen, and if the water is stored at low temperatures. If your water heater is not switched on, the iron bacteria can multiply very quickly leaving you with contaminated water. This multiplication process is the cause of your water turning yellow. If you have already had your water heater tank cleaned, the most common reason for persisting yellow water is this iron bacteria. The next step to take is flushing it with chlorinated water. This will kill off any bacteria and you can go back to having clear and clean water.
Using A Professional To Fix Discolored Water
Plumbers know that yellow water is very uninviting and you want to get this issue fixed in a quick manner. The best way to resolve this issue is to have a professional do it for you because this ensures that the problem will not come back and that you can continue enjoying clean water.
Bring in a plumber into your Bethlehem home to look over your plumbing system and make the necessary corrections. Call Schuler Service Inc. at (610) 434-7103 today!