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Rusty Water coming out of bathroom faucet

5 Steps To Take If There Is Rust In Your Water So Your Family Stays Safe

Is there rust in water at your home? Keep your family safe with these crucial tips, straight from professional plumbers.

Rust in water coming from your faucets at home is a nuisance. It’s obviously not ideal for bathing and cooking, but it could be a sign of bigger problems afoot. The bottom line: Rusty water could put your family’s health in danger. To combat the issue, you’ll need to first understand why rust appears in your water supply, Then, you’ll need to learn the crucial safety procedures you should take to keep everyone safe. If this is a problem in your home, don’t wait to take action. This is one plumbing emergency you should fix ASAP.

Why Is There Rust In My Water?

Does your water supply suddenly taste “off”? A metallic flavor is indicative of rust (it’s been described as “tangy”). Of course, the visual appearance of your water is a sure sign. Rusty water will be reddish-brown in hue. Another way to diagnose the problem is to inspect porcelain or ceramic sinks for discoloration. Rusty pipes can stain white surfaces. If any of these signs occur, you’ll need to determine whether the rust comes from your home plumbing system, or your municipal water supply.

Rust In Water From Rusty Home Pipes

Rusty water comes from rusty pipes. But the rub is figuring out whether the pipes are in your home, or closer to the water source. To test whether it’s your home plumbing system, first run the cold tap and observe for signs of rust. Then do the same with the hot. If both tests show up rusty, the problem is likely your city water supply — read on to learn about next steps.

However, if it’s just your hot water, the issue could be a corroded hot water heater. If it’s just your cold water, the problem is likely your home pipe system. At any point in the process of testing and diagnosing, you can call your local plumber and seek their insight. Rust in water can be a cause for great concern, and you don’t have to navigate solutions alone.

Rust In Water From City Water Supply

Of course, if you source your water from a well on your property, this is not a factor. But many folks get their water from a municipal source, such as a nearby lake reserve or centrally-located reservoir. If this is your water source and the cold/hot test indicates problems in both taps, the issue is likely rusty and corroded pipes close to the city’s water source. Call your government officials immediately and report the problem.

Is Rust In My Water Dangerous?

Rust in water comes from oxidized iron particles that flake away from the pipes and into your water supply. It’s worth noting that a little rust is normal from time to time, and can be mitigated (see the next section for solutions). Rust itself is unpleasant to consume, but it’s not the problem. Rather, rust is an indicator of greater hazards — namely lead. A rusty pipe doesn’t necessarily mean there’s lead afoot, but it’s worth checking out with your local plumber or city government. Lead in your water can cause serious health risks, such as fatigue, headaches, and even poisoning — so don’t wait to diagnose a rusty pipe problem, especially if you or your family are feeling ill.

What To Do If There’s Rust In Your Water
If there’s rust in your water, you need an action plan. Here’s what to do to address the problem and keep everyone in your home healthy.

  1. If the issue is with your municipal water supply, contact government officials and work with them to find a safe source of drinking water while the problem is addressed.
  2. If the issue is with your home plumbing system, contact your local plumber ASAP.
  3. Your plumber will help you determine what needs to be replaced: the pipes, the hot water heater, or both.
  4. You may also choose to install a water softener, which is particularly helpful for those who source their water from a well on their property (sometimes, the rust comes from the well, rather than the pipes).
  5. Monitor the issue and continue to address it until you no longer detect the presence of rust.

We know that rust in your water supply is one of the last problems you hope to deal with as a homeowner. But luckily, it’s easy to diagnose and address the issue. If you’re dealing with rusty pipes or a corroded hot water heater, they must be replaced. Instead of becoming discouraged, consider this an opportunity to make a smart investment in the resale value of your home as well as your family’s health, safety, and quality of life.

Contact Blanton’s Air at (910) 249-4898 for all your Fayetteville or Raleigh, NC HVAC and plumbing needs.

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