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Rusty Water: Find the Source


Homeowners count on their tap water to be clear and clean for drinking and showering. But, what happens when you notice the water has a colorful tint to it? Or, the taste seems a bit off? Generally, rusty water could originate from the public water supply. But, chances are the issue is coming from inside your home.

Find the Source of the Rusty Water

Since you can’t drive down to the public water supply location and test the water, you need to find out if the issue is coming from inside your home. Begin your investigation by going to the water fixture where you noticed the discolored water first. Fill a drinking glass with cold water and set it on the counter. Then go to all the water fixtures in the house such as sinks and showers to collect the same samples. Place all of the glasses on the counter and compare the color. If they all look the same color chances are the issue is coming from the local water supply.

If only one of the samples is showing discolored water the issue is in your home where that water sample was taken. This helps you narrow down the area so you can contact a professional plumber for further assistance.

The Outcome

A plumber will guide your further to fixing the issue causing the rusty water. However, if the issue is coming from the public water supply, you need to contact the public water authority to alert them of the issue. Often this issue is due to corrosion of the pipes. An extensive pipe replacement project needs to be conducted as quickly as possible.

If the rusted water is affecting your drinking water it is best to purchase bottled water until the issue is fixed. Taking shorter showers and minimizing your exposure to the water is also recommended.

A common culprit for rusted water is the water heater. This option often goes undetected since it is usually hidden behind closed doors. If you suspect the water heater has rust, you should inspect it immediately. Look for signs of leaking or small orange rust stains along the top, edges, side, and bottom of the hot water heater. Any sign of rust should be taken into consideration immediately. The water heater should be replaced first, before the contacting the water authorities. Get a professional opinion by making an appointment with us today!


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Old Plumbing: Reasons to Replace it

Plumbing hides behind the walls where nobody can see it. This creates the out of sight out of mind way of thinking in most homeowner’s minds. Old plumbing can cause a variety of issues such as burst pipes, rusted pipes, leaks, mold growth and more. If you have old plumbing you should consider the following reasons to replace it.

  • Low water pressure – Galvanized pipes can contain built-up rust inside them which causes the water flow slowly. This is mostly seen in bathtubs and showers. Some homeowners think it’s another issue and spend money replacing shower heads and water heaters. But, it could be due to rusted old pipes. If you want water to flow more freely in your home, it’s time to get the pipes replaced.
  • Discolored tap water – If you notice the tap water is discolored it could be due to rusty pipes. Also, the taste of the water can be affected negatively. The best way to test the color of your water is to buy a bottle of water and pour it into a glass. Then pour tap water from your kitchen faucet into a glass. Set the glasses side by side and examine the color. If the tap water has an orange or brown tint, chances are you have old pipes. Sometimes consuming tap rusted tap water can cause illness to people and pets. For this reason, you should have a professional inspect the pipes and replace them if there is rust damage present.
  • Real estate inspection failure – If you plan to sell your house anytime soon, rusted old pipes might hold up the sale process. Replacement of old pipes can become expensive and time-consuming. Especially when it comes to closing on a house sale. Sometimes a potential buyer will just look elsewhere instead of waiting out the repairs.

How do you know if you have old pipes?

A professional plumber can confirm if your pipes are old and rusted. If your home has rusted old pipes the plumber will advise you how it can be repaired and provide an estimated quote.

If you suspect the pipes in your home are rusted, leaking or old it’s time to contact a plumber. Receiving professional advice will confirm if your fears are true or not. It will also allow you to create a repair or replacement plan. Get started by making an appointment today with us!


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Top 3 Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions


What do I do now? This question is asked by homeowners every day. Plumbing is a complicated subject that homeowners often feel overwhelmed when a problem arises. Some homeowners prefer to solve plumbing problems by doing DIY projects, while others prefer to call the plumber immediately. The following 3 questions are the most common asked by homeowners.

  1. Do I need to hire a professional plumber?

Yes. Most homeowners don’t realize that leaks and other plumbing issues can quickly become worse and cause health hazards to everyone in their household. Mold can develop behind walls, ceilings, pipes, flooring and more. Exposure to toxic mold can hinder the health of some individuals. If you choose to do DIY plumbing projects, make sure you do it properly. If not, you can be putting your family at risk. If you are not familiar with plumbing you definitely need to hire a professional for further assistance.

  1. Why is there water near the water heater?

Homeowners are often filled with questions when they find water surrounding the water heater but no signs of leaks. This happens when the bottom of the water heater rusts and holes are created causing leaks. If you notice any water near your hot water heater call a plumber immediately. A professional plumber will confirm if you need to repair your or replace the water heater.

  1. Why does the toilet keep running?

If your toilet is running constantly there are issues in the tank causing the problem. This is something you need to fix immediately since it is also responsible for raising your water bill to heights homeowners don’t want to see. The first thing you want to do is remove the lid to the tank and take a look inside the tank. Sometimes the problem is as simple as the chain needing adjustment, while other times it can be parts that need replacement. Look for rust or broken parts in the tank. If you observe anything unusual contact a plumber for further assistance.

As a homeowner, you know that many other questions follow the three most common questions listed above. Remember if you are comfortable with conducting minor DIY plumbing projects you can fix a variety of issues in your house such as replacing a washer on the faucet or replacing small parts in the toilet tank. Even if you are highly skilled at these tasks, it’s always best to contact a plumber for any big issues such as unusual odors and leaks. Make an appointment today to assure your plumbing is working at its best!


Mokher Profile PicSince 1968, Chip Mokher & his team has provided South Florida with quality service with a commitment to our customers’ satisfaction. Our many years of experience has allowed us to serve thousands of homes and businesses in Miami-Dade County. We welcome the opportunity to serve you, please call us at 305-446-8266 or email us at chip@mokherplumbing.com