Rust water runs brown, orange or yellow from a faucet and is caused by old iron pipes that are decayed or water from a well that is rich in iron. Even though rust water is not harmful to your health, it often smells and tastes like rotten eggs or metal and leaves orange stains on clothes and around tubs, toilets and sinks. If you are tired of living with the odour and discolouration, there are several ways to remove rust water in pipes.
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Replace rusty galvanised water pipes. Iron and rust deposits that have built up in ageing water pipes can break loose and cause rust-coloured water to flow when the faucets are first turned on. Have a plumber check the plumbing throughout the home or building. If the water pipes are so rusty that a leak could occur, replace the rusted pipes with copper plumbing that will not corrode and rust.
Clean out rust deposits in pipes and flush with water. Remove each affected section of water pipe and drill or chip away at the built-up rust and sediment. Tap each pipe with a hammer to break up larger amounts of rust. Rinse out the loose pieces of rust using high pressure water from an outside garden hose. Reinstall the pipes and turn on water faucets to wash out the system until the water runs clear.
Filter the water coming into the house. Test well water for a high concentration of naturally occurring iron. Iron turns to rust when it combines with oxygen and water in the well. Contact your local health department to obtain a water analysis test kit that is laboratory certified. Remove the well cap and collect a water sample directly from the well. If the results come back high in iron, install an oxidising filter that will remove iron from the entire water supply going into the home.
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