So, you turned on the water in your Salt Lake City home this morning, only to find that it's coming out brown. Or, you filled the tub and noticed the water was a strange, yellow tint. Regardless of what color your water is coming out, there is usually a logical explanation for it.
A Water Main Break
If there is a water main break or an incident that involves the fire department having to use the hydrants, then the extra activity can stir up the minerals that are usually sitting at the bottom of the mains. These minerals, usually iron and manganese, will make your water appear either yellow, brown, or black. The water is generally safe to drink, though you may not want to.
Red, yellow or brown water coming from only one faucet in the house can mean that your galvanized pipes are rusty. If that is the case, you definitely need the help of a plumber who can get those pipes repaired or changed out. Rust can cause discoloration of bathroom fixtures and clothing, so you don't want this to be a prolonged issue.
Greenish blue water that leaves a stain in your tub or sink can mean that your copper pipes are having a problem. If this is the case, they need to be replaced immediately as too much copper can cause serious health problems, including liver or kidney problems.
What Do You Do?
For problems with the water main, there is not much that can be done from a homeowner's perspective--it is up to the facility your water comes from to fix that issue. However, if there is an issue with the pipes, it is important to call a Salt Lake City plumber who can assess the problem, and fix it for you.
The cost of plumbing repairs may seem high until you realize that the cost of replacing discolored bathroom and kitchen fixtures is high as well. Your family's health may also be at stake if the water they are drinking is unsafe. There is no need to take that chance.
If your water is discolored in your Salt Lake City, UT home, call Valley Plumbing & Drain Cleaning at 801-341-4222 today, and we'll solve the problem for you!