Finding the Source of Rusty Water

If the water in your Frankford, Delaware, home is rusty, it means there is a problem with your pipes or your water source. Fortunately, the solution is sometimes simple once you find the source.

Signs of Rusty Water

Rusty water isn’t easily confused with something else. The water will have a metallic smell or taste, and it will tinge clothing a reddish-brown. Rusty water will also start to stain the porcelain in your home.

Possible Sources

Rusty water is caused by your water system, rusty pipes, damage to your pipes from construction, sediment in your water, a rusty water heater, or a break in your water main. To find the source, your first step is to do a small test. Run the cold water for a minute and then stop and rerun it. Do the same with the hot water. If the rust is only in the hot water, it’s likely caused by your water heater. If it’s just in the cold water, then it’s probably coming from your pipes.

If the rust only shows up in your first sample, then sediment might have built up in your pipes and will get cleared out once you run your water. If rust is present in all of your samples, the problem is likely coming from your water source, and it’s a good idea to contact your county water authority to report the issue.

How to Handle It

Make sure you’re running the water and flushing toilets regularly, even if you don’t use them that often. You need water to run through the pipes often so sediment doesn’t build up. If rust is a problem, it is best to call a plumber to find and fix the problem. If the issue is the water heater or your pipes, it’s always best to have an expert diagnose and fix the problem.

If you have rusty water in your home, we are the people to call. Contact Custom Mechanical at 877-696-0808 to schedule an appointment today.

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