We all want our home’s plumbing to be in the best shape. For that reason, we use the plumbing system carefully, take the necessary precautions, and call plumbers regularly. But even after all this, most homes in Edmonton, at some point, experience a common plumbing-related issue – the issue of coloured water. When you open a faucet, and you get funny-coloured water instead of crystal clear, it can be due to an underlying issue. Let us look at some different colours of water you may get and the reason behind those colours.

Reddish Water

We all know that iron and even steel pipes rust over time. When the rust or corrosion occurs on the outer surface, it is visible and can be realty with easily. But how do you come to know if the inner surface of the plumbing pipes and system are corroded? It is simple, by looking at the colour of your water. If you notice that water from your faucets is reddish, it can be due to the rust development on the inside. When the residue from the rust dissolves in the water flowing through your pipes, your water turns a yellowish-red.

Green Water

The plumbing pipes and system are exposed to water and moisture continuously. This can result in algae and fungi growth on the inner surface of the system. If you see green water coming out of your faucets, this is most likely due to a buildup of algae in your system. Algae are naturally-occurring microbes that can appear when a blockage in a filter or other part of the system builds up over time. An experienced plumber can diagnose where the blockage is coming from and clear your system of algae.

Bluish Green Water

Just like iron and steel pipes get rusted and result in reddish water, corroded copper pipes may result in bluish-green water from faucets.

Yellow Water

If you’re seeing yellow water out of your sink or bathtub, it could be a problem at your city’s water distribution centre. It could be that your city is performing repairs on local water main or a nearby fire hydrant is in use or has malfunctioned. They may also be clearing the water system to clear the water lines of loose rust and fragments that routinely get stuck in the lines. When this happens, the water will absorb the rust and turn yellow.

Brown Water

It goes without saying that brown water can be due to pollution. It may also happen when an underground pipe ruptures and soil enters the line to give you brown, muddy water. If you see dirt in the water from your taps, you’ll need to get the issue resolved immediately.

No matter what the colour of the water is (apart from the usually clear water), you must call your plumbers to take the issue under control. They will identify the cause of this issue and suggest the best solution so that you don’t have to settle with inappropriate water in your home.