What can I do to clear the water?
  • Run several of the faucets in your home until the water clears, this should only take 30 minutes or less.
  • Check with your neighbors, if your house is the only one affected, it’s often an internal plumbing issue with your home.
  • Check your water softener. Do you have salt in it? We recommend iron fighter salt, which is typically packaged in the green bags. Failing water softeners will often build up large amounts of iron and will start to release the iron and possibly even a sand type of material. If this is the case please try bypassing your water softener. While the softener is in bypass mode run several faucets in your home, if the water clears, than your softener should be repaired or replaced.
  • Is only the hot water yellow or rust colored? Iron will often buildup in the bottom of your hot water heater and if all of the hot water is consumed during a high demand period, the iron will be released. If this happens you should try draining or flushing out the hot water heater. Typically hot water heaters have a hose hookup on the bottom. Be careful! Hot water can cause burns.

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1. Why is my water rusty or dark brown?
2. Is iron in drinking water harmful and is it safe to drink?
3. What can I do to clear the water?