Homeowners often noticed that they have cloudy water. This water often looks almost like it’s been mixed with milk. But, what causes cloudiness? Can it be harmful for your family? While there are many mineral deposits they could be filtered, is cloudiness something that can be fixed with a water system? Today we will look at what causes cloudy water and what you can do to prevent it.
Several things can cause cloudy water. Your water may be naturally hard water, like well water. Also, there could be different pollutants in your water that need to be removed. Nevertheless, a simple water test can be performed in your home. A water test is a diagnostic tool. This test can tell you the levels of minerals, bacteria, or pollutants in your tap water.
It is important to make sure that you filter your water and have it regularly tested. If you are having issues with your water, contact us today for an in-home water test.
Causes Of Cloudy Water
At first, the appearance of cloudy water can be shocking. When you go to turn on your sink, it may look like milk is coming from your faucet. Don’t worry! Most often, white murky water is a normal occurrence that isn’t harmful to you or your family.
Chiefly, trapped air is the main cause of cloudy water. As the water travels through pipes it is aerated creating the odd milk color. When the water is left to sit, the air is able to escape and it becomes clear. As water heats, it may also become murky from air bubbles. Air in the water is safe to drink.
However, murky water may indicate other issues with your system. For instance, if you have murky water in one faucet but not the others, a blockage in that one faucet may be to blame. If cloudy water happens when you have hot water, you water heater may have an issue. Over time, aerated water can be abrasive to pipes. Wear and tear can happen much faster without treatment. As a best practice, call a trusted service to assist you with diagnoses.
Preventing Cloudy Water
Cloudy water can typically be prevented by using a water softener or water treatment system. These systems have filters or chemicals that work together to remove cloudy water. The systems can also remove impurities or ease hard water. Technicians that specialize in water treatment systems (like us!) advise you on the right system for your home.
There are simple tests to help diagnose your cloudy water. A quick troubleshooting guide can give you instructions to see if you have common water issues. Ordinarily, white murky water is normal and safe. But, if you see a different color in the water such as brown or green you should have your water tested. A color difference can indicate the presence of harmful bacteria or hard water.
Homes with well water are at most risk for water impurities or issues. To have your water tested or to have new water system equipment installed, contact us today.