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One of the most unexpected and frustrating occurrences that can happen when you turn on your faucet is the presence of brown water filling your sink. If you see a murky mess flowing out of your faucet in place of your clean and clear water, it can be unsettling.

Is it caused by rust?

Possibly. Your pipes can have a buildup of rust. Or, sometimes, brown water is caused by the overabundance of iron or manganese in your water supply. Rust in the plumbing system can dissolve into the water, tinting it a shade of brown, red, yellow or orange. The varying discoloration is due to the chemical oxidation state of the pipe and the amount of rust in the water. The source of your rust issue could either be within the city’s municipal water main system, a pipe in your home or business or your water heater.

When Do I Call A Plumber?

If the problem is happening with only one faucet in your home, the brown water may be coming from your system. However, after you have reported the issue to your city’s water department, they will let you know whether or not they have received other complaints regarding the discolored water. If so, they can fix it in a matter of hours. If not, the problem could be with your plumbing system. This is when you call Allgood Plumbing your local Atlanta plumbers that will diagnose and repair the issue for you.

What Can Be Done About This?

Once the licensed Allgood plumber arrives, they will diagnose the problem to see if the issue is with your system. A check is performed to see if the brown water is coming from the entire water system or just a part of it. Once the plumber has determined the source of the discolored water, the issue will be isolated to a specific plumbing problem.

If the brown water is caused by your water heater, we can repair and/or replace it for you. Typically, water heaters have a lifespan of 10-15 years. It is also possible that there is a crack in the main water line to your house, which can cause sediments from the earth to enter your water supply. Or, the filters on your plumbing system may need to be replaced. If the issue is caused by your pipes, we offer copper and AquaPex piping options to ensure that you have clean and clear water.

If you do experience brown water or any other discolored water, make it a priority to call Allgood Plumbing and your local Atlanta plumbing company.