Even though the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be responsible for making sure public water supplies within the United States are safe, the EPA does not monitor all the time the water coming out on your homes or business offices.
There are times, or on rare occasions, the water may come out to be discolored. Different discolorations of water have different meanings which some are harmless, while others are dangerous. Commonly, water discolorations are caused by sewer and drain problems that only professional plumbers can fix and safely restore your water services.
West Michigan Septic Sewer and Drain Service, your professional and certified expert in septic sewer and drain services with 32 years of experience in serving the resident of Muskegon and surrounding areas, discuss the different discolorations of water and its implications which every homeowner should know:
- Brown water: Brown water discoloration is usually caused by minerals, sediment, or rust that accumulates over time in the water main system. Commonly, for residential brown water coming out homeowner’s tap is from main breaks and adjacent constructions – damaged or replaced water pipes. Brown water happens because of rust dislodged from the water pipes and finds its way into your home water supply. There are times the brown water you are seeing might be from too much iron in it. Brown water is not usually harmful and poisonous, nor toxic and dangerous. Since it is usually too much iron, however, it is still not safe for drinking. Under usual occurrences, the water will clear on its own within a few hours. If after a few hours and the water has not cleared then you will need to call in the professionals, where they can do quality drain maintenance such as sink and tube line cleaning. Tube line cleaning is one of the best and effective methods of cleaning for your sink, showers, taps, pipes, and hand basins, on a routine basis eliminates a pile-up of potentially harmful substances that can clog up your drains. To know more about tube line cleaning, please check our website link at https://www.wmssd.com/sink-tub-line-cleaning.html.
- Blue/Green Color: The blue/green colored water and that leaves a metallic or unpleasant bitter taste in the drinking water on your taps, pipes, hand basins, and showers or toilets is caused by copper pipes that need replacement. Consumption of high levels of copper can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastric (stomach) complaints and headaches, which you need to call in the plumber immediately.
- Pink color: Not entirely uncommon, pink water discoloration often is due to the chemical, potassium permanganate being used by municipal water plants to treat water systems. This chemical is regularly used to remove bacterial growth, dissolved iron minerals, toxic compounds, and manganese. Pink water does not pose any immediate health risks, it has been deemed safe to drink and use. In most circumstances, pink water will run clear after a short period. However, if you continue to see pink deposits in your tap water, it is advisable to contact your water supplier.
- Black Color: If black discolored water comes out of your showers or toilets, and has a definite smell, likely it is a sewage problem that needs the local water and sewer authority services before you look at other possible causes.
- White color: White discolored water, cloudy, or ‘milky’ water are just air bubbles that will rise and pop after about a minute leaving you with perfectly safe, clear water. This “problem” tends to arise when your water temperature is drastically different from your room temperature, which often happens with significant changes in weather. Moreover, is also a sign of a high level of chlorine in your water, which is often used to disinfect water during the repair. White, cloudy or milky water is perfectly safe to drink or use and is not harmful. Before calling the professionals, you can try to test the water, fill a glass with water and leave it to settle for a few minutes. If the white water does not become clear, contact a certified plumbing company or your local water supplier.
- Last word of advice: Firstly, check with neighbors to find out whether the problem is only affecting your property. If your neighbors are not experiencing the same discolored water, it is likely your sewer system only.
On rare occasions, your water services may come out with water discolorations such as brown, blue/green, pink, black, and white colors, and is considered a sewer problem that every homeowner should know. There are several systems used to fix any sewer issue, but the sink and tube line cleaning are one of the best and effective means.
When discolored water comes up in your bathtub, toilet, sink, and shower it is usually considered a sewer line problem and West Michigan Septic Sewer and Drain Service, is always there to help. We use several of the latest systems available to fix a sewer problem such as sink & tub line cleaning, hydro-jetting, lift pump repair, sewer line back-ups-plugged, and sump pump back-up systems.
West Michigan Septic Sewer and Drain Service can be reached at Muskegon: 231-739-7423, Grand Haven: 616-847-1072, Whitehall: 231-893-4252, Holland: 616-392-8988, Coopersville: 616-837-1800, Allendale: 616-895-9080, and Twin Lake: 231-828-5595.
We offer several quality sewer and drain services such as sink and tube line cleaning for Muskegon’s sink, hydro jetting for Grand Haven’s toilets and hand basins, lift pump repair for White Hall’s bathtub and taps, sewer line back-ups-plugged for Holland’s shower, sump pump back-up systems for Coopersville’s pipes, and plumbing cleaning services for other surrounding areas.
You can visit personally our service areas at Muskegon, Grand Haven, Whitehall, Holland, Coopersville, Allendale, and Twin Lake. For other details and information, please click at https://www.wmssd.com/.