August 16, 2020

If the water coming out of your tap is cloudy, there are a few potential causes to explore. It’s probably fine to drink, but there’s a small chance that it’s contaminated. Here’s how to get your tap water clear.

Clean the Aerator

If cloudy water is coming out of just one faucet, it’s probably the aerator that’s the culprit. Take it off and clean it in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Rinse the aerator thoroughly before screwing it back on.

Your Municipal Supply

If all of your tap water is cloudy, it’s probably because there’s air in it. Fill a glass with water, and then let it sit for a few minutes. If it clears from the bottom up, it’s the water supply. The city could be doing maintenance work that’s causing this problem.

Get a Sediment Filter

There may be too much sediment in the water you’re getting from your municipal system. You can install a sediment filter on the faucet, and this should clear up the tap water. The filter traps particles in activated carbon.

Your Private Well

If you’re getting water from a private well, the cloudiness could be due to a number of issues. This water isn’t treated for contaminants. The cloudiness might just be air, but it could also be chemicals, residue, or other contaminants. You can take a sample to your county extension office to have them test it.

Methane Gas

While not likely, you could have methane in your water. This can show up if your well is close to a gas or an oil pipeline. Fill up a jug halfway and let it sit for an hour. Then, open it and light a match; if you see a flame flare up, there’s methane in the water.

Drainworks Plumbing & Septic LLC in Columbia, CT, can help you with plumbing issues, including methane in your water. We’re experts in drain cleaning, septic and sewage systems, pipe repair, and more. Contact us today if you need a professional to help solve your plumbing problems.

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