Discolored Water: Has this happened to you?

Discolored water is an unsatisfying sight. Have you ever gone to your kitchen sink, grabbed a glass from the cupboard, turned on the water, and then – Yikes! Either cloudy or milky water is now the color of your clear water. Possibly reddish or brownish. So you start keeping an eye on all the appliances, laundry to running your dishwasher. But it’s still not clear.

Why does it happen?

Discolored water is often the result of controlled and uncontrolled common occurrences. Rust color is the color of much of America’s water, unfortunately. The water we all use must travel through miles of pipes that have seen better days. Sediment builds up on the insides of the pipes which then runs off into the water during travel. Main breaks and adjacent construction can also stir up these sediments and cause your water to be brown. Usually, the water will clear on its own within a

few hours. If after a few hours the water has not cleared then you will want to call Express Plumbing Heating & Air to diagnose the concern for you.


Hot water brown? Have your water heater flushed out. Scale inside of the water heater fell to the bottom and muddied the water. The water heater could be rusting through. Scales could have fallen off the tank top or wall causing the bottom to muddy up.

The best solution to clear discolored water is to have a whole house water filtration system installed. If it’s only the hot water, consider having your water heater inspected. Express Plumbing Heating & Air can inspect any plumbing and help you have clean drinking water again.

The Best Part

Express Plumbing Heating & Air is a Better Business Bureau +A rated company. Read our reviews and find out why so many in the Treasure Valley call Express Plumbing Heating & Air service for their plumbing needs. We offer a professional opinion and not a sales pitch.

Brad Jordan

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