What Plumbing Problems Can Cause the Water Running from Taps to Be Discoloured?

Discoloured Water from tap

Discoloured water may be brown, clear or have speckles of different colours when flowing. While this may be a temporary issue that resolves itself, it can also indicate a plumbing problem.

As free flowing water from the taps in our home is used for many purposes including drinking, laundry and bathing it is understandable to be concerned when this water is discoloured.

Discoloured water can be discoloured for various reasons. Read on to learn 3 plumbing issues that can cause the water from your taps to be discoloured including:

  • An issue with your hot water system is causing your water to be discoloured
  • Corroded water pipes are causing your water to be discoloured
  • If your water is consistently discoloured, there could be an issue with the mains water supply

An issue with your hot water system is causing your water to be discoloured.

Your hot water system can be the culprit of discoloured water. To test if your hot water system could be the culprit, turn on a cold tap only and check the water colour then do the same with the hot tap. If only the water running from the hot tap is brown it is a good indicator of a hot water system issue. Call a hot water plumbing professional to do an inspection and advise if the issue can be repaired or your hot water system needs replacing.

Corroded water pipes are causing your water to be discoloured

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If you notice the water is discoloured when you first turn on a tap but after a minute or two it become clear, this could mean the pipes have corroded. The rust that has built up is flushed out when turning on your taps causing water to brown. Have a plumber inspect your pipes and advise the best action.

If your water is consistently discoloured, there could be an issue with the mains water supply.

If you notice the water is consistently discoloured from all taps in your home it could indicate an issue with the mains water supply. Check with your neighbours if they too are experiencing the same and if it is a communal issue then report it to the water corporation to investigate.

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