Rusty Pipes Could be the Cause of Your Discolored Water

Why is Your Water Discolored?

All of us want to enjoy pure, clean water that is transparent. When we turn on the tap, we don’t expect to see any shade or color in the water that runs into the sink and fills our drinking glasses. But sometimes to our dismay the water can be discolored.

When this happens, a homeowner will want to figure out the cause as soon as possible. As a professional plumber can tell you, there are three main reasons why your Mobile home water appears to be discolored, often with a yellowish, rusty, or gray hue.

Rusty Pipes

Old plumbing can cause water to take on a yellow or orange shade, usually due to rust. Water pipes that chip or flake can turn water a gray or dark color. Sometimes debris from deteriorating pipes is clearly evident.

Pipes can get rusty over time, especially if they are made of iron or older materials. An occasional inspection helps to ensure the pipes don’t age to the point where household water is affected.

Unfiltered Sources

Residents of homes where the water supply comes from a property well or outdoor natural spring often love the taste of fresh, clear water. Unfortunately, even if the water is piped directly into the home plumbing system, it can collect dirt particles or other naturally-occurring substances that can become visible in the home’s water.

Greenish water may suggest the presence of algae or mold, for example. Household water should be checked for impurities and filtered if necessary to ensure a clear, wholesome water supply.


Any number of toxins can enter a home’s water supply through underground aquifers and other water sources. Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are common infiltrators, while manufacturing runoff and other industry byproducts can sometimes find their way into the local residential water supply.

Homeowners need to be aware of their property’s water source and any nearby businesses or farming practices that use potentially dangerous chemicals or substances. If there’s a chance any of these have leached into the water supply, a filtration system can help to remove them.

Although water is literally at our fingertips at home, we should never take it for granted. A periodic examination of the plumbing, water source, and potential contaminants can help to keep your Mobile home water as safe as possible.

If your water is discolored in your Mobile, AL home, call Drain Busters & Rooter at (251) 665-9898 today, and we’ll solve the problem for you!

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