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The sight of discolored water coming from one of the faucets in your home can certainly be alarming. Before assuming the worst and jumping to conclusions, it’s important to remember that there are a number of things that could be causing discoloration in your water. It is, however, always important to take it seriously and maybe even call you emergency plumber in Savannah. We’re here to help!

Discolored Water When Operating
In certain instances, there is no real need to worry about the discoloration, but that’s only if the problem is temporary. If it persists, a seek help from a professional. If your water is yellow, orange, or red, it could be rust in your water, and although it is not ideal, does not pose a life-threatening health issue. The rust could be coming from your city’s water main or the pipes in your house. If the discolored water is coming from one particular faucet or only when you run hot water, the problem is in your house. It is also possible that dirt could settle in your water supply line.

Scale Buildup
Scale deposits are an indicator or hard water. Hard water contains dissolved compounds of calcium and magnesium, as well as occasional other metallic elements. The term “hard” in reference to water refers to how water reacts to things like soap. If the water will not lather with soap, it is likely that the water has scale deposits. Hard water and scale buildup can cause problems with laundry, your kitchen, and with bathing. The good news is, however, that hardness minerals can be reduced in water for the whole house. We would be happy to help you with this issue!

Lack of Maintenance
Blue or green water could indicate a blockage of algae in your water line. Another thing that could cause this color, especially if it is visible around your faucet, is copper pipes that have gone bad. It is very important to remember not to ingest any amounts of water that could be contaminated by bad copper pipes as it could be dangerous to your health. Ingesting copper could lead to liver or kidney disease. Another color of water to avoid that develops because of a lack of maintenance and care is black water. Black water is a sign of sewage, especially if the water has an odor. Definitely do not use this type of water for anything! Let a professional handle it.

Discolored water is absolutely cause for concern, but not to worry! Our 24-hour plumbing services in Savannah are available for your peace of mind. If you are interested in more of our plumbing hacks and services, please give us a call at (912) 373-7707.