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When water emerges from your home’s faucets and showerheads, you expect it to be clean and clear. When it’s not, it becomes a problem that needs an immediate solution. No one wants to drink, cook with, or bathe in water that is brown, yellow, or orange.

Even if it were safe, which in some cases it isn’t, that’s just not how water is supposed to look, and most people will never be okay using discolored water for anything. Bottom line, anyone who has dealt with brown water coming from their faucets and showerheads has probably made figuring out why it is happening and fixing the problem they’re top priority from day one.

Why Is My Home’s Water Not Clear Anymore?

The two most common shades of discolored water are brown and yellow. Water turns these colors for specific reasons. In many instances, a change in water color is often a sign of issues with your water supply or filtration system. Examples of problems that can result in discolored water include:

  • Heavy rains and flooding
  • Changes to your municipality’s water pressure
  • Issues with your filtration system
  • Corroded pipes

These issues can lead to your water containing rust, minerals, and other things that impact its color. The following are a few common reasons that your home’s water can become discolored:

  • Brown Water – Brown water is often a sign your water contains too much magnesium or oxidized iron, which can be a result of water supply or filtration problems. This can also be the result of rust dislodged from pipes, which can happen following a pipe being repaired or a pipe next to older pipes being replaced. If your water comes from a well, brown water could be a sign your well collapsed or of surface filtration.
  • Yellow Water – This color water is usually the result of your water containing too much iron. When the iron is exposed to oxygen, it turns into rust and corrodes your pipes. This eventually results in yellow water. Water main breaks can also lead to yellow water. The break can increase the water pressure in your pipes and stir up sediment that turns your water yellow.

If your water turns brown, yellow, or any other color, you should consult an experienced and trusted plumber right away. In some cases, if your water is discolored, it can be unsafe to consume or use at all. This is information you and your family need to know as soon as possible, so that you can have the issue resolved and get back to living your lives.

Our Plumbing Experts Are Ready to Help You!

Since 2010, Smith’s Plumbing Services has successfully helped residential and commercial customers in Memphis solve a wide variety of plumbing problems. Our company is built on honesty and integrity. That’s why we offer upfront pricing, so you never have to worry about surprise charges or fees being added to your final bill. We’re also A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau and boast a long list of satisfied customers.

To learn more about Smith’s Plumbing Services, and how we’ve helped customers in the past, check out our reviews.

Ready to speak with our experienced plumbers in Memphis? Give us a call at (901) 290-1110 or get in touch with us online today. Smith’s Plumbing Services is available 24/7 for emergencies. When you contact us, ask about our specials!

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