Have you recently found your water faucet is running with brown water? It can be frustrating to find this problem occur, especially when you were looking forward to a nice relaxing bath!

Your water may be brown because it contains too much iron. Iron is rather common and occurs naturally as a metal in soil. As a result, it is normally present in your drinking water. Under normal conditions, drinking water provides about 5% of the iron that you are supposed to drink or eat each day.

You need iron to survive, iron is used as part of the Plumber Currens Hill haemoglobin in your blood which transports oxygen in your blood. although this is of little comfort when you were simply looking for a refreshing drink or relaxing soak!

Although not dangerous to drink, brown water is unappealing and annoying. Iron-containing water may have a funny, metallic taste. Be careful when coming into contact with brown water in your home as it can stain your clothing, towels and surfaces such as bathtubs or toilets.

Iron can get into your water in several ways and one of the most common ways is when rust gets dislodged from water pipes which is why you may be wishing to avoid it. This can happen when pressure in the pipes changes, for example when water pipes are repaired or when water in the pipes is shut off and then turned back on again, thus finding its way into your water supply. If you get water from a well, it is also possible that more iron than normal entered your well water from the surrounding soil and dirt as opposed to it arriving from water works happening close by.

Try to clear your brown water by running the cold tap for about 15 minutes. If your water is still brown then it would be prudent to call the towns water board and inquire as to whether the brown water is from the city’s pipes, if not it may be derived from something more internal. If it is from the city pipes, the city should send someone out to flush the brown water out from a nearby fire hydrant.

If these methods are unsuccessful, you will need to try aeration, filtration, chlorination, water softeners, and/or ozonation. The right treatment method for you will depend on several factors, including the exact form of iron in your water, the temperature, acidity (pH), and pressure of your water, and how much you are willing to pay and maintain your system. Since it is fairly complicated to figure all of this out, you may wish to call a registered plumber to see how they can be of service to you.


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