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Colors are for Rainbows, not Water

In everyone’s minds, water is something that should be clear and sparkling. However, in some instances problems ensue that make the water anything but clear. Running a rainbow of colors, the water can be anything from red to yellow to brown to black. Depending upon the color of the water, the cause can be very minor or much more severe.

If you find yourself experiencing discolored water, contacting a Pasadena plumber should be high on your priority list. To get a better understanding of what is making your water discolored, here are a few tips about certain colors.

Orange Water

Yes, your water can actually wind up looking like orange juice. However, rather than tasting like freshly-squeezed orange juice, it probably contains rust and other contaminants. That’s because the water has been flowing through pipes that in all likelihood have started to rust from the inside, letting rust color the water as it passes through the pipes.

To solve this problem, any rusted pipes will need to be replaced as soon as possible. A problem mostly in older homes, it can also happen in homes where pipes are located in damp and musty areas like basements and crawlspaces.

Reddish-Brown Water

If your water takes on a reddish-brown hue, it may have turned into hard water due to having very high levels of minerals. A common problem among people who rely on well water, hard water can leave stains on sinks and bathtubs that are almost impossible to remove.

To solve the problem, a plumber should test the water to verify its mineral content, then apply water softeners in an effort to get the mineral levels lowered. In addition, water filters are also useful in helping rid the water of excessive minerals as it passes through the tap.

Black Water

If you find water of this color flowing from the tap, you can expect to have major problems. Black water can be an indicator of mold in the water, and it can also indicate possible sewage contamination. Needless to say, a plumber should be called to take a look at the problem and verify the cause of the discoloration.

If it is a sewage leak, the Pasadena home’s sewer line may have developed cracks that are allowing sewage to leak out. Expect a large repair bill if this is the case, along with water that cannot be used until the problem is solved.

If your water is discolored in your Pasadena, CA home, call North Brothers Plumbing at (626) 507-5155 today, and we’ll solve the problem for you!