Have you ever turned on your faucet, ready to wash your hands, or maybe the dishes, or to start yourself a nice warm bath, only the find that your fresh clean water has been replaced with disgusting brown water? If so, you understand how frustrating it can be not to have clean water. Not only is the water unusable, it can be a major inconvenience when you need a fresh water source.

So, Why Is My Water Brown?

Glass of Brown WaterWater turning from clear to brown is usually caused by too much iron in your water supply. Iron is a mineral occurring naturally within the earth, and it is essential to a part of a healthy diet. And though brown water is not dangerous to ingest, it is very unappealing and can have a strong metallic taste to it. It is important to NEVER wash clothes in brown water. It can permanently stain your clothes, causing even more headache for you.

Causes Of Brown Water

Iron in water is a common occurrence for those have a well as their main water source. If this is the case, it is important to make sure that your water softener is running properly. Be sure to check not only that it is running, but that there is plenty of salt in the softener to properly filter the water.

If you are not on a well, there may be multiple other reasons for why your water is discolored. Here is a list of some of the possible causes for the brown water in your home.

  • There may be a buildup of rust in your plumbing system. In this case, ripping may be needed.
  • It is possible that there is a crack in the main water line to your house, causing sediments from the earth to enter your water supply.
  • The filters on your plumbing system need to be replaced.

If you do experience brown water, or any other discolored water, make it a priority to call a plumber and have it check immediately. If you live in the Chicagoland area and you are experiencing brown water, give Chicagoland Plumbing Services a call.