Why Is My Well Water Brown?

Grungy image of dirty brown water running from a water stained faucet

The sight of brown water in your sink can be frightening. But don’t panic just yet; it could mean a few different things. Most of the causes do not pose any danger to you and your family, but there are a few that you’ll want to get someone to take a look at right away if you notice these conditions.

Rust or Iron

Brown sink water is usually caused by rust or iron sediment from the pipes in your home. Iron in water causes red or brown stains and can be found in most wells, but it’s relatively harmless and nothing to worry about. You may want to have the plumbing inspected if it persists, though.

Other Contaminations

The color brown is just an indication that it has been contaminated with other materials such as sand, silt, clay, and organic matter. This is not dangerous to drink, and you can still use it for washing dishes or taking showers. The sediment and dirt build up over time on the pipes and at the bottom of your plumbing system, so be sure to get your systems checked and cleaned regularly.

Plumbing Issues

If the water is filthy and smelly, then that’s a sign that there’s something wrong with your plumbing system or some blockage within the pipes (see if you can find anything blocking them). But it could also mean something much more severe, like a leak from the sewer line or even worse- a pipe breakage. A professional should be called right away!

Water Filtration and Treatment Services in Mount Airy, MD

Often, it’s best to leave the hard steps to professionals. Easterday-Wilson has the knowledge and experience to help you solve any of the issues above. No matter the issue, our water filtration and treatment services keep you water clean and clear.

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