Why is My Faucet Water Cloudy Then Clear?

Do you have a weird sink faucet that emits cloudy water, then in a matter of moments, mysteriously clears up? If so, you are probably scratching your head trying to figure out why. Perhaps you are concerned that there is something seriously wrong with your home’s plumbing. Fortunately, you don’t have to be concerned. The culprit behind your cloudy water is not as ominous as you think.

Continue reading to learn why your hot water is coming out cloudy and mysteriously clearing up seconds later.

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Cloudy Water Causes

If only one or two faucets are emitting cloudy water that clears within a few seconds, you are likely dealing with a air bubble issue. Fortunately, this really isn’t even an issue! You see, some plumbing pipes are under more pressure, and as a result, the water within them are more pressurized. So, when water from a faucet under these particular conditions is poured into a glass with less pressure, it will form an excess amount of air bubbles! Cool science; huh? Do you notice that your cloudy water is also fizzing? This is the sound of thousands of tiny air bubbles bursting in the cup.

This type of cloudy water is referred to as white water, and commonly occurs when it’s cold outside. This is a result of air solubility in water, which can increase as water pressure increases, and/or water temperature decreases. White water is also caused by water pressure within pipes. Water under pressure holds more air, and when released, it comes out as bubbles. But not to worry, this issue is perfectly harmless and should clear up significantly by spring.

The Bad Kind of Cloudy Water

There is another type of cloudy water that homeowners can experience that is not a result of air bubbles, but rather, something more undesirable. You know your cloudy water is an issue if the water does not clear up and become translucent after a few minutes. This could be caused by contaminants in your tap water, such as hard mineral ions, bacteria, yeast, or even chemicals. See our blog, “FAQS About Water Softeners and Hard Water” to learn how to treat and prevent this issue.

Pay Attention to Your Water Quality

Although the ban has since been lifted, and your county may not have been affected at all, you may still be concerned about the quality and performance of your home’s water. It is important to pay attention to your water quality, and to take the proper steps to ensure it remains contaminant-free. Contact a local soft water professional to learn your options.

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Call Weilhammer Plumbing Co. Inc. at 317-784-1870 for professional water softening and plumbing service in Indianapolis, Indiana. Owner and Master plumber, Mark Weilhammer, is happy to give you free plumbing advice. Our highly trained and licensed plumbers provide a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services; and as a family owned and operated company since 1901, you can trust us to deliver outstanding workmanship and customer support. Request a free estimate, today.

5 Water Problems That Suggest You Need Plumbing Repair

As a homeowner, you are mostly in tune with your home’s plumbing system. So when something is “off”, you tend to notice right away. Conversely, if you are mostly unsure about the overall condition of your home’s plumbing, it helps to have it inspected by a professional plumber. You can also look for common signs of plumbing problems yourself.
Frequently, indications of plumbing deficiencies can be seen in one of our everyday basic needs: water. There are 5 issues that can happen to your tap water than can strongly suggest something is wrong with your plumbing system.

Continue reading to learn what these top 5 warning signs are, and what you should do if your home is showing one or more of these problems.

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Discolored Water

When you fill a glass up with water from your kitchen sink, the color should be clear and crisp. There should not be a surplus of floating debris, nor should the water appear cloudy or dirty. If it does show any of these signs, there could be a problem with your water quality. You may be able to solve this problem with water line replacement, water purification, water filtration, reverse osmosis, and more.

Smelly Water

If your tap water smells bad, it is a strong indication that something is wrong in your plumbing system. The type of problem can often be identified by the type of smell. A rotten egg smell suggests that your water has a high concentration of hydrogen sulfide gas. These odors often develop inside hot water heaters as a result of low chlorine levels, high sulfate levels, and even stagnant water. The best method for getting rid of water heater odors caused by bacteria and other elements is to sanitize the water heater tank, which requires professional plumbing service.

If your tap water smells like garbage, it could likely be coming from bacteria growth in your drains that come from food, soap or other materials sitting in there. The most effective resolution would be to sanitize your pipes and drain.

Low Water Pressure

If you notice that your water pressure is decreasing or suddenly very low, there is something going on with your plumbing system that requires professional attention. Although low water pressure could be a sign of many plumbing problems, the most common causes usually involve clogs or obstructions of some kind within the pipes.

Faulty Water Temperature

If you are experiencing water fluctuations, the first place to investigate would be your water heater settings. Check on them to ensure they are set to the proper temperature. If the setting is correct and you are still experiencing highs and lows in water temperatures, the problem could be with your water heater. This requires professional Indianapolis water heater service.

Increased Water Bills

Water bills usually steady out to a consistent amount after living in the same residence with the same number of occupants for a long period of time. So when the water bill is suddenly very high, there is a good reason to investigate. The most common cause for increased water bills are water leaks, which require immediate professional inspection and repair. Other reasons for increased water bills is a running toilet, dripping faucet, water softener defects, lawn watering, filling up the pool, and water cooled air conditioners.

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