In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the possible causes of a cloudy color in your tap water. While the most common reason for this is basic air pressure that dissipates quickly and poses no risk, there are other potential issues that more permanent cloudy water could be signaling as well.
At Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric, we’re proud to assist with several water quality areas, including water filtration and help with any tap water concerns. Today’s part two of our series will look into a couple of the more serious issues that might be signaled by cloudy water that does not dissipate from your tap, plus the solutions available to you in these situations.
Many homeowners are aware of hard water, which refers to water that still contains various potential minerals. Hard water with enough mineral content will create several potential issues, including films on sinks, stains on clothes and issues with soap suds in cleaning water.
Whether you have hard water, or how much mineral content is present, will depend largely on your area. While hard water technically is not considered a health hazard, it can cause significant aesthetic issues – including in your water, which may appear cloudier. Those looking to remove hard water from any of their home sources should ask our plumbers about our water softener solutions.
The riskiest issue related to cloudy water, and luckily also the least common, is the presence of methane gas in the water supply. You will likely notice right away if this is the cause of the cloudiness: Methane in high enough quantities will create a bubbling or sputtering noise as it exits the tap. It may also showcase specific white bubbles that signal methane.
Methane is a harmful substance to humans, and you should immediately call our plumbers for a water test if you believe this to be the issue. There are certain cases where methane contamination will be at such a low level that it will not be a concern, but others will require potential treatment.
As we noted above, the ideal solution for hard water concerns is the installation of a water softener. For methane issues, on the other hand, the process might be a bit more significant. It will involve our plumbers or your local water department testing your water for the level of methane – if it’s too high, the water will need immediate treatment. This sort of thing tends to be most common among those who get their water from a well, though it can happen in other situations also.
For more on dealing with cloudy water coming from your tap, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric today.