When you turn on your faucet, does crystal clear water start pouring out or are you one of the many that gets a flood of milky white water that questions whether or not it’s safe to drink? There are a few reasons why you may be experiencing cloudy water but, luckily for you, more often than not, it’s usually not that serious or harmful to your health.
What causes cloudy water?
Usually the cloudiness in water is due to tap water that contains an abnormal amount of air. Yep, air. If your water comes from the pressurized municipal system and this is the cause, you should notice that water coming from all taps throughout your home is cloudy. Cloudy water from just a single fixture may indicate a problem with the aerator or just that particular faucet. If your water only appear cloudy when it’s hot, then your problem may be your water heater.
Cold cloudy water
Run each cold water tap in your home for a few moments and then fill a clean glass with the water that’s still running. If the water from all of your fixtures is cloudy, it’s likely an issue with air in the municipal supply.
If you’re still seeing cloudiness 24 hr later, call your local water company to see if maintenance is being done or there is an issue with your local water supply.
If you find that you’re only experiencing cloudy water from one of your faucets, remove the aerator, clean it with a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar, rinse, and reinstall to see if the problem persists.
Cloudy hot water
As with the cold water steps, let the hot water run a few seconds and then fill the glass up with hot water to check the cloudiness. If the cloudy water clears from the bottom of the glass going up to the top, it’s just due to pressurized air being released. If the water dissipates from the top and you notice particles settling to the bottom of the glass, you need to have your water heater checked. A plumber will be able to let you know if it needs flushing to remove the sediment that’s clouding up your water or if the dip tube needs to be replaced.
If water is a problem in your home, don’t hesitate to call the plumbers at A-Abel. We have a variety of plumbing and water softening services to ensure your water is safe and palatable enough for you and your family to enjoy.