If you’ve ever turned on your tap and noticed that the water is cloudy – don’t panic. Generally speaking, cloudy tap water isn’t a huge deal and can happen quite often. However, some causes of this are more serious than others. If you do find you have cloudy tap water, then you should not dismiss it. In today’s blog, we’ll be looking at the causes for cloudy tap water and how a plumber in Templestowe can help get this problem under control for you.
One of the more common causes of cloudy water is due to aeration. If air makes its way into your water supply, then this will cause your water to become cloudy. It’s the air bubbles that turn the water cloudy. This can often happen during the colder climates as cold water holds more oxygen than hot water. If pipes are being repaired or maintained, then they’re susceptible to oxygen entering them – also contributing to the possibility of aerated water.
In some cases, however, air bubbles may not directly be the issue. When pipes become corroded, bits of copper will end up in your drinking water –turning it cloudy. Corrosion is caused when copper pipes are exposed to high levels of oxygen or contain water with low pH levels – meaning the water has high acidic properties.
The health risks
If your water is cloudy due to air bubbles then there are no health risks. The physical appearance of the water is the only thing that is altered. If you are unsure whether or not your water is cloudy due to aeration, then fill up a glass and leave it for a few minutes. If the bubbles rise to the top and disappear over that time – clearing the cloudy property – then the water is safe to drink.
However, if the bubbles do not clear and the water remains cloudy or milky, then it is highly likely that your pipes are corroded. Copper is considered an essential nutrient for the human body and – in conjunction with iron – contributes to the formation of red blood cells. It also helps to maintain our immune system, blood vessels and bone health.
According to the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, there should be no more than 2 milligrams of copper per litre in drinking water. Humans should consume 2 – 3 milligrams of copper per day. However, copper can be harmful if consumed in high volumes – more than 50 milligrams per a person’s body weight in kilograms. This is where copper corrosion can be quite serious as high volumes of copper consumption can cause kidney and liver issues.
What can be done?
For aerated water, the easiest solution – though a temporary one – is to simply let the water sit in an open glass or container until the bubbles rise to the top. Because it is merely the physical appearance that is altered when water is aerated you can still use the water as normal. In a past blog, we mentioned that flushing your pipes can be a great short-term solution for corroded pipes. This will not fix the problem, however.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to either aerated water or corroded pipes, then a Templestowe plumber will be able to go through with you the requirements. For corroded pipes, you will have to have the pipes replaced, which can be quite an intricate process. It is a far better alternative, though, to the possible health issues that may arise due to the corrosion as well as damage to the rest of the pipes.
Are you looking for a plumber in Templestowe?
For issues such as this, JPG Plumbing is the ideal plumbing business. Whether it’s corroded pipes or aerated water, our plumbers in Templestowe will be able to help you sort out your problem in a timely and professional fashion.
We use only the most qualified contractors that have had years of practical experience dealing with a variety of industry issues and can administer several maintenance and installation services. Our plumber’s in Templestowe are well-equipped to work in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors throughout Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs.
If you require the services of one of our Templestowe plumbers, then please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0400 978 442. Alternatively, you may fill out the enquiry form found on our website.