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Is Your Tap Water Rusty? Here’s What You Can do About It

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So, you’ve turned on the faucet, and your water looks rusty. Now what? What does that mean? What should you do? While rust-colored water isn’t harmful except at extremely high levels, it’s best to identify and address the underlying issue.

Whatever the cause of rusty water, a plumber can fix your plumbing system and restore clean drinking water in your home. At Dallas Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we want all residents to feel comfortable and secure, knowing your tap water is safe for consumption.

Why is My Tap Water Rusty?

A common reason for water discoloration is the presence of excess sediment and minerals. Iron ore and manganese are the most common minerals in water that cause discoloration. Tap water may look rusty brown, yellowish, or reddish when it contains an excess of sediment or minerals. As water flows through the pipe, it collects mineral deposits. Rust-colored water isn’t harmful to your health. In fact, iron is an essential mineral needed by the body. But the presence of these minerals can cause the water to have an unpleasant taste and smell. If you notice an excess of rust in your tap water, it’s time to call in a plumber and have your water tested.

Is Rusty Water Dangerous to My Health?

The level of danger generally depends upon the presence of a particular mineral in your water. Minerals, such as lead and arsenic, are toxic to the human body. Most modern pipes no longer contain lead, but getting your water tested is essential to rule it out. Traces of iron ore and manganese are safe to consume. Still, these minerals alter specific properties of your water, such as taste, smell, and appearance. Hard water can lead to unsightly stains in sinks, toilets, showers, mineral build-up in clothes, and dry out your skin and hair.

An outdated plumbing system, corrosion, or a break in the line may cause rusty water in your tap. Addressing the cause can help prevent further build-up and damage to other appliances in your home, such as the water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine.

What Can I Do?

City maintenance can inadvertently stir up sediments, affecting your water line. Call an experienced plumbing company to find the cause and fix the issue. A plumber can provide you with an estimated timeline for your water to clear up and explain the steps they’ll take to resolve the problem.

Don’t fret! Call Dallas Plumbing & Air Conditioning to diagnose the issue if your faucets are spitting out rust-colored water. We’ll fix the problem and restore clean and odor-free water in your taps.

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