Brown shower water is a sight no one wants to see. The first thing you might want to do is recoil in disgust, but there is some silver lining: a brown shower does not always mean your home's water supply is contaminated. In many cases,it’s caused by iron, which is one of the primary components in hard water.
Most instances of brown shower water are caused by iron and sediment deposits. All tap water contains iron, but it's typically filtered so much so that it's undetectable. Before your shower stream starts to show signs of iron, you may notice that your toilets, sinks and clothes develop brown, rust-like stains.
If your water pressure increases, more iron can come out of the pipes, tinting the color of the stream that comes out of your faucet.
In some cases, changes in your local water source or a disruption of soil around a well-sourced water supply can also cause an increase in iron and sediment entering your pipes.
If your plumbing is old and has begun to rust, the iron may start to come out through the water. You can try to flush the rust from the pipes yourself by turning on the faucet and letting it run for 20 minutes.
If the brown water doesn't disappear, then you'll have to look to a professional to identify the source and install a water softener to improve the quality and condition of your water.
Brown water is mostly caused by sediment build-up, so it will likely do more harm to your clothes and porcelain than you and your family. However, you should not consume large quantities of water that contains high levels of iron; this can offset your blood's natural iron balance and cause serious health risks.
Fixing brown water in your home is easy; usually, you only have to install a water purifier or softener to remove iron and other minerals. A professional pipe cleaning can also flush rust and other debris from your plumbing.
Don't wait another minute to get to the bottom of your plumbing woes. Contact the experts at Hero by calling (612) 324-1004. You can also schedule a service call directly on our site!