Water Conditions and What They Mean: Expert Plumbing Solutions

San Rafael

(415) 942-6565

Santa Rosa

(707) 452-3464

Clean and healthy running water is essential for your well-being and hygiene. However, encountering murky or discolored water when you turn on the faucet can be alarming. At John Owens Services, we understand the importance of addressing water conditions promptly. Our team of professional plumbers is here to provide you with expert solutions to common water conditions. Let’s explore some of these conditions and what they mean.

Brown Water:
Brown water is a common issue caused by sediment, particularly rust or manganese. Many older plumbing pipes, made of iron, naturally rust over time. The following factors can contribute to brown water:

  • Work on a municipal line, stirring up sediment
  • Burst water main
  • Use of fire hydrant by the fire department
  • Rusty pipe
  • Rust buildup in water heater

If you notice brown water, it’s a good idea to check with your neighbors to see if they are experiencing the same issue. If they are, it’s likely a disturbance in the municipal line. Flushing your plumbing by running the water for about 20 minutes can help resolve the problem. However, if your neighbors have clean water, it could indicate a rusty pipe or a water heater needing replacement. Contact our professional plumbers to perform diagnostics and provide appropriate solutions.

Cloudy Water:
Cloudy water is another common water condition, often caused by air bubbles. This is particularly common if the water is turned off for repairs or the faucet is rarely used. In most cases, the problem clears up on its own. However, if the water doesn’t clear up, it could indicate a more severe problem, such as mineral buildup. It’s advisable to have a professional plumber from John Owens Services inspect your plumbing system to determine the cause and provide necessary remedies.

Chemical Smelling Water:
If your water has a chemical or plastic smell, it’s essential to address this water condition promptly. This smell is commonly associated with the installation of new water-using appliances. To avoid water traveling back into the supply and causing the strange smell, it is crucial to ensure that a single check valve or non-return valve is installed correctly on the water supply. Our professional plumbers have the expertise to resolve this issue efficiently and effectively.

If you notice unusual water conditions in your plumbing system, we recommend contacting our professional plumbers at John Owens Services. It’s better to address potential issues promptly, as they could develop into significant plumbing problems. Our team is dedicated to saving you time and money while ensuring your health and safety. Contact John Owens Services today to schedule an appointment with our expert plumbers.

Serving Marin & Sonoma Counties:
We are the trusted plumbing company serving Marin and Sonoma Counties. At John Owens Services, we understand the importance of reliable plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems in every Northern California home.

The John Owens Way:
Our philosophy at John Owens Services is simple. We prioritize maintaining equipment to extend its lifespan. When something goes wrong, we focus on repairs. Replacement is considered a last resort. That’s the John Owens Way.

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San Rafael: (415) 942-6565
Santa Rosa: (707) 452-3464

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Serving Marin & Sonoma Counties

Good plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems are vital in every North California home. John Owens Services, Inc. is proud to be the expert plumbing company you can count on

The John Owens Way

Our philosophy is simple, we always want to maintain equipment to give it the longest life possible. Next, we want to focus on repairing when something goes wrong. Then only as the last choice, we replace equipment when needed. That’s the John Owens Way.

San Rafael
(415) 942-6565
Santa Rosa
(707) 452-3464



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San Rafael
(415) 942-6565
Santa Rosa
(707) 452-3464