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What Causes Brown Water?

The last thing you want to see when you turn on your faucet is light brown water coming out. So if that happens to you, what does that mean? Your drinking water may be brown because it has too much iron or manganese in your water system. Iron is a common, naturally occurring metal in soil, and therefore, can be present in your drinking water.

Although it is not dangerous to drink, nobody wants to drink brown water; it is most unappealing. If your water contains iron, it may have a bad, metallic taste. Not only that, but it can stain your clothes as well as your bathtub, sinks and toilets.

Iron gets into your water several different ways. The most common way is from your home’s pipes. The rust gets dislodged from your water pipes and mixes with the water. This can occur when pressure in the pipes changes or when the water is shut off and turned back on again. If your water comes from a well, you can have high levels of iron from the surrounding soil and dirt.

It is important to determine whether the brown water comes from the entire water system or just part of it.  If you have experienced a problem with discolored water in your home, call Crystal Clear Water Treatment. Within 15 minutes, we can test your water and identify the presence of iron and other possible contaminants. We can recommend a whole house water filter that will treat your home’s water and provide you with clear, clean water in your home.

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