The person that turns on the tap within a home hopes to see a refreshing liquid coming from that same faucet. If that liquid happens to be brown or stinky, then it produces evidence of a problem. That problem usually exists in either the home’s water heater or in the pipes that carry water to the different taps.
The evidence that has come from one tap does not allow determination of the exact source of the plumbing defect. In order to better judge the nature of that source, it helps to ask a few appropriate questions.
Questions that aid identification of exact source
Does the color appear after the water has not been turned on for a while? If that is the case, the brown hue might be compared to the pop that sounds after the water has been turned off for a while, and then turned on. That pop comes from the air that has entered the pipes.
Is the color only present in the hot water? A yes answer to that question would indicate that the water heater has a defect. You might want to call in the appliance repair expert in Newmarket to take a look.
Does the rusty color go away after the water runs for a few minutes? This is another situation in which the unwanted hue can be compared to the air that pops out of a faucet after the water has been turned off for several hours. The popping sound soon stops, because all the air in the pipes has been released.
Does the flow from the faucet contain a color other than brown? Maybe it has a tinge of green. That would be a sign of corrosion in copper pipes. Perhaps the liquid contains some white particles; those could have come from either of the two possible sources.
If the water appears full of rust, then the homeowner should have a water-softening system or a filtration system installed in the affected residence.
Evidence of corrosion in copper pipes signals the need for a home filtration system. Installation of a softener would not be of any help.
The appearance of white particles in what flows from the faucets sends a warning. It warns that the same particles could create a clog in more than one pipe. The best way to deal with that warning demands taking a two-step approach.
First, invest in a water filtration system. That should solve the problem, if the problem’s source can be traced to the pipes. If the particles do not disappear, it then becomes clear that a heating element in the hot water heater needs cleaning. Arrangements must be made to have the same element removed, cleaned and replaced.