Why is Your Water Discolored?
Discolored tap water is not only unsettling to look at, but it could also be a major health concern for you and your family. All Spokane homeowners should schedule an emergency appointment with their plumber the moment that they notice any changes to their tap water.
Here is a look at some of the most common causes of water discoloration and how they could be impacting your family’s health and well-being.
1. Old Galvanized Pipes
Galvanized pipes are generally made from steel or iron and are very common in older homes. When these pipes were being manufactured, zinc would be used as a sealant to protect the metal from rusting.
Unfortunately, these pipes do have a limited lifespan, and the zinc will eventually wear off and expose the metal to water. At this point, the pipes will begin to rust and plaques will form.
When the plaques dislodge, they can turn your tap water brown, red, or yellow. These pipes should be replaced immediately as the rust will weaken their structure.
2. Old Copper Pipes
Copper is another material that is used extensively in residential plumbing systems. Much like other metal pipes, copper pipes will eventually become damaged from the constant exposure to moisture and could turn your Spokane home’s tap water a blue or green tint. While you might not need to replace your pipes immediately, long-term exposure to a large amount of copper can be bad for your liver.
Those that have noticed a blue or green tint to their water should start considering their options for having their pipes replaced. In limited cases, a green hue in your water can be caused by mold somewhere in the system.
This is another reason that it is important to have your plumbing system inspected at least once a year.
3. A Failing Hot Water Heater
Discolored water coming from your hot water tap doesn’t necessarily mean that your water heater is going bad, but this appliance should be one of the first places that you look for any problems.
When properly maintained, water heaters last for a decade or longer. When these devices are not maintained, however, sediment can build up in the tub and lead to water discoloration.
Luckily, these issues will rarely affect your health over a short period of time and require nothing more than a service call to clean and sterilize the basin.
If your water is discolored in your Spokane, WA home, call Vietzke Trenchless Inc. at 509-244-9607 today, and we’ll solve the problem for you!