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What is Causing Your Home's Constantly Yellowing Water?

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The True Cause of Your Water Discoloration

Yellow water is a common problem than many homeowners deal with during the life of their house. Stopping it from impacting the home is often just a matter of simple prevention, but it is also important for people to know what to do if they notice signs of yellow water in their homes in order to keep good water quality at home. So why does yellow water happen and what can be done to prevent it?

Yellow Water Can Be Caused by Rusty Pipes

The most common reason that homeowners see yellow water when they turn on the faucet or bathtub is rusty pipes. Essentially, tiny amounts of both iron and oxygen are present in the home’s water systems. When those elements start to mix together, they turn into rust which leads to the yellowing of all of the water running through those pipes.

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The good news is, while this does indicate a problem with the pipes in the home, that water remains perfectly safe to drink. However, yellow water should always warrant an immediate call to a plumber. When the rust and other debris and sediment settles into the bottom of the pipes as well as attaching itself to the walls.

Ultimately, this buildup can lead to leaks, cracks, and even flooding in the home if the pipes rupture. Once the yellow water is identified and the problem diagnosed and fixed, regular pipe maintenance should be continued at least annually. Regular inspection of the home should also happen at least once every few years as well.

Discoloration and Its Impact on Water Quality

water qualityYellow water can be an indication that the home’s water quality may be subpar. While yellow water is safe to drink, water quality in the home is a very serious issue that can lead to some significant negative effects on the health of everyone in the home.

Annually all across the globe, unsafe water is the cause of more deaths than war. While, in the majority of cases, most of the homes in America have safe drinking water, contaminants are still a major source of health problems in every single state.

Things like arsenic, copper, and lead, as well as microorganisms like rotaviruses, e. Coli and Giardia have the potential to cause great issues when they start to multiply, even in the healthiest family members.

Most of these issues show up initially as gastrointestinal, like diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. While yellow water (especially from pipes that have been checked) is safe to drink, any drinking water with an odor or that is cloudy or contains particulate matter should be evaluated before drinking it further.

Can Water Filters Stop Yellow Water?

On the first sign of yellow water, it is important to contact a plumber to check the pipes for any sign of damage. However, one of the other steps to take to both reverse the yellow water and prevent issues in the future is the use of water filters or water softeners in the home.

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Both of those products can actually stop the mineral and sediment build-up from happening in the first place, which can save the pipes as well as the health of everyone living in the home.

Professional plumbers can install an entire home water softener, which can solve the issue of yellow water while also keeping everyone safe.

About Marc Francis Plumbing

For more than 25 years, the experienced and personable staff at Marc Francis Plumbing has been serving the plumbing needs of Johnson City, Tennessee and the tri-city area. This company takes care of the plumbing, and drain needs of both residential and commercial services