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Why Is My Bathwater Yellow?

Why Is My Bathwater Yellow?
March 19, 2020

Why Is My Bathwater Yellow?

You are getting ready to start your day, turn the faucet on to fill your sink with water or you head into the shower and notice that the water is awfully yellow. Needless to say, you will likely be shocked. Though you might be in a rush and decide to quickly use what water you have, you should first do your research as you may expose yourself to some health hazards.

So, why is that water yellow? Mr. Rooter Plumbing has three reasons as to why your water might be discolored – or, rather, colored.

Sediment in Your Water Heater

Your water heater is susceptible to decay, corrosion, and rust. Over time, water heater tanks can accumulate rust and sediment which settle into the bottom of your tank. Eventually, so much sediment adds up and causes the water to turn yellow in color.

The solution is simple, really. A tank cleaning can bring you back to your regular schedule. You can do this on your own or call a certified Atlanta plumber from your professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing.

Iron Bacteria Colonizing in Your Water Source

Though iron bacteria do not pose serious risks to your health, they can lead to costly damage. Iron bacteria can damage your plumbing system, cause foul odors, and alter the color of your water. This problem is most common in well-water systems but can invade other types of systems as well. Severe staining on your water fixtures is another common indication of colonies of iron bacteria.

The solution? These bacteria thrive in still water, so looping your plumbing lines and period flushes to the system can help get rid of the bacteria. Chlorination is, however, the most common solution. A professional can provide the necessary treatment.

Rusting Pipes

Over time, your pipes will rust. Zinc will wear off of galvanized pipes, exposing them to rust formation. This rust eventually dissolves into your water, presenting itself in your home or business in the form of yellowish water. Unfortunately, rusting pipes and rust colonies can seem similar but rusting pipes will likely need to be replaced. Have a professional take a look to identify the difference. Rusted pipes are prone to cracking and breaking, leading to leaks and burst pipes.

High Bromine Levels

If you have a bromine spa system, you will need to be mindful of the bromine levels. High bromine levels can cause discoloration. To fix this issue, you will need to rebalance the water with chlorine neutralizer and adjusting your tub’s pH level. 

Call the Professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Yellow water can be more than just unattractive, it can be a health hazard. Having a reliable and affordably plumber can keep you protected. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is proud to offer its services at all times of the day with 24-hour emergency services. Whether you have a water heater tank issue or need pipe replacements, Mr. Rooter Plumbing has certified plumbers on standby. Call our local office today and ask our friendly staff about our promotional offers. We look forward to your call.