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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

Discolored Hot Water? It Means It Is Time For Service

by Madison Dean

Discolored water can arise for several different reasons, including an issue with the water supply, such as the local water municipality, or it can be an issue that is originating from inside the four walls of your home. When it comes to a local issue, most often it is the result of a problem with the water heater. Since discolored water is not a feature your water heater should be displaying, it is important to understand what might be going on and how to resolve it. 

Isolate the Issue

Again, discolored water can be a localized issue, or it can be a larger one. To target your efforts in the right direction, ensure the discolored water is limited to hot water. To go about this simply collect a cup of cold water and hot water from two different faucets. 

If they are both discolored, the problem is not on your end, and you need to contact your local water department. However, if the hot water is the only water experiencing the issue, the water heater may be to blame, so you need to speak with a plumber.

System Flush

Often, discolored water is the result of sediment buildup inside the base of tank. Sediment build up is a sign of normal wear and tear and does not generally signal a problem. Additionally, it can typically be eliminated with routine maintenance. 

To remove the sediment, simply contact a plumbing professional to have a system flush performed. The flush essentially forces out the sediment and cleans the base of the tank. In addition to eliminating discoloration, removing the sediment helps extend the life of the water heater. 

Anode Rod Replacement

If the flush does not work, it could be that rust is forming inside the tank. Although you may not be aware, water heaters are rustproof thanks to a small feature known as an anode rod. If the rod is in good condition, rust will stay away. 

However, with time, the rod can deteriorate, which will then open the door to rust formation. If the rod can be replaced, you can resolve the rust and water discoloration, but if it is beyond repair, you may need to install an entirely new water heater. A plumbing professional will be able to help with this process. 

If your home has discolored water when you turn the hot water on, be sure to call a plumbing professional as soon as possible to get to the bottom of the issue.  

For more information about water heater repair, contact a local company.