Occasionally, you may get cloudy water coming from your taps. Although it may be harmless, it is aesthetically displeasing. So how can you solve this problem? Our quick guide will fill you in on why you’re having cloudy tap water and what you should do to fix it.
What Causes Cloudy Tap Water?
Several factors may be to blame for the cloudiness in your tap water. They include the following.
- High water pressure — The amount of air that can dissolve in water increases with pressure. When the water in your pipes is under high pressure, a great amount of air dissolves in it. When you turn on a tap, the pressure is released. Millions of bubbles are formed by the escaping air, leading to the cloudy appearance.
- Compression — If the problem is only affecting your hot water line, the compression of water in your water heater is the likely culprit.
- Iron — The presence of high iron levels in your water can also cause the milky appearance.
How Can You Get Rid of the Problem?
There are several steps you can take to clear up cloudy water. The first and the easiest solution is letting the water sit in an open container or glass. If dissolved air is responsible for the cloudy appearance, the cloudiness will clear from the bottom upwards. This may take a couple of minutes.
Try adding an aerator to your faucet if the problem is only in your cold water line. If iron levels are to blame, you’ll need to reduce them by installing a water softener.
If you continue experiencing cloudy water, that could be a sign of a large issue such as a broken line. Contact a certified plumber. For additional tips on how to solve cloudy tap water and other water issues, contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ve been providing HVAC and plumbing services to homeowners in the Greater Cleveland area for over 80 years.
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