Having access to a functional plumbing system is essential for most modern homeowners. Indoor plumbing systems are made up of a series of pipes and plumbing fixtures that work together to deliver clean, fresh water into your home. When your plumbing system malfunctions, the quality and safety of the water streaming into your home could be compromised.
Rusty water is something that many homeowners have to deal with. If you have noticed that your water appears to have a reddish-brown tint to it or that your porcelain sink, tub or linens have started to stain, these could be signs that your home's water is rusty.
Here are three things that you can do to help address and eliminate rusty water from your home's plumbing supply in the future.
1. Check Municipal Water Quality
It's important that you take the time to determine why the water coming into your home through your plumbing system appears to be rusty. In many instances, poor municipal water quality may be to blame.
If your home is connected to a municipal water source, then the condition of the equipment used to transport water from the city's treatment facility to your home can affect the quality of your water. As municipal pipes begin to age, they can start to corrode. Rust particles accumulate on the interior surface of the city's pipes, and these particles are deposited into the water supply as it moves through the pipes.
To determine if your rusty water is caused by municipal equipment corrosion, run a tap for several minutes. If the water appears rusty initially and does not clear up after you run the tap, then contact your city officials to address the rusty water in your home.
2. Check Your Pipes
You can also conduct a simple test to determine if your own pipes are the cause of your home's poor water quality. If the cold water running from your taps appears rusty but the hot water runs clear, then corroding pipes are likely the cause of your water quality problem.
If your home’s pipes are the cause of your rusty water, then replacing the pipes with new copper or galvanized steel products can be beneficial. An experienced plumber will be able to use a specialized scope to examine the quality of your pipes and determine if they are contributing to the rusty water that is evident in your home.
3. Check Your Hot Water Heater
Modern homeowners often take their home's hot water supply for granted. In order to generate enough hot water to fulfill your home's demands, you probably have a hot water heater. This appliance can contribute to poor water quality as it ages or falls into disrepair.
Cool water runs into the water heater's tank from your municipal plumbing line or your private well. The water heater then works to raise the temperature of the water inside the tank before delivering it to the fixtures throughout your home. If the tank has started to rust, then the heated water within the tank will become rusty as well.
To determine if your hot water heater needs to be replaced, compare the quality of the hot and cold water coming from a single tap. If the hot water shows evidence of rust but the cold water does not, have an experienced plumber inspect and replace your hot water heater to restore your home's water quality.
Keeping your home's water supply fresh and clear doesn't have to be challenging. With the help of the experienced professionals at Adept Plumbing, Inc., you can replace corroding pipes or a failing hot water heater to keep your home's water rust-free in the future. Contact our friendly professionals today.