Cloudy Water From Faucet

Question:

Water coming out of my sink, even the toilet, is cloudy then clears, like it might be air. What causes this? Thanks.

Answer:

Could be sediment from the water heater…could be from a new water softener you added…could be the City water…etc. You can install a pre filter on your incoming mainline which may help with this problem.  There are question I would ask if we could discuss this more in detail.  Is this problem rather recent or have you noticed this problem before?  Are you on city water or do you have your own septic tank?  How old is your home and have you had any problems lately with extreme weather?  Do your neighbors experience a similar problem with their water clarity?  If you have not done so already, check up with your neighbors to see if they have cloudy water as before you take any definitive action it is wise to gather as much information as possible.

Water that is at one time cloudy, then clears up is likely pointing to some sediment that is finding its way into your water supply lines do to the condition of your pipes, assuming they are old.  You also might want to try go out to your main water source to check the condition of the water as it enters your house.  You might also wish to get your water tested and evaluate what is contributing to the condition of the water.  Your local water authority, assuming you pull your water from the city, could very well prove to be quite helpful if you take a sample of your discolored water down for them to evaluate.  Sometimes, the water authority may be doing maintenance in your area and that can temporarily effect the appearance of the water, but not for a long term period.  So give your water examination a few days before you draw any conclusion as to what might be causing the problem and whether you wish to take the added action of installing a water filter.

3 Responses to Cloudy Water From Faucet
  1. Calhoun
    January 25, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    I have a question, in my bathroom, the water comes out of the cold water faucet good, but comes out of the hot water faucet very slow. What could be the problem.

  2. john
    May 16, 2011 | 6:42 pm

    hello,we have replaced the black washer on top of the toilet systern inlet valve but the inlet is still leaking water into the systern advice appreciated.

  3. charles china
    July 22, 2011 | 8:03 am

    i have two bathrooms up stairs one has a tub with shower the other has a shower only. there is a cutoff for the tub located in the hall closet i can’t find a cut off for the shower in second bath.
    the question is? being as the bathrooms are connected in the same run of piping would the cut off for bathroom no 1 be for no 2 also. thanks charlie

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