Cloudy Drinking Water Problem

what causes tap water to be cloudy? Clearwater SystemsOften homeowners notice that their tap water is cloudy or milky and wonder if it’s safe to drink. As off putting as cloudy or milky drinking water may look, it does not pose any immediate health risk. But what exactly causes cloudy tap water and how can you improve it?

What Causes Cloudy Tap Water?

Most often, cases of tap water that appears milky or cloudy are directly related to the amount of air the water contains. Most of the time, the cloudy water effect will dissipate after a few minutes once the water settings.

If you notice that water from all of your home’s water faucets appears cloudy, it probably is caused from a pressurized municipal system. If cloudy water is stemming from one single fixture or faucet, this typically means there’s an issue with that fixture. For cloudy, hot tap water, this can be an indication that there’s a problem with your water heater.

However, it’s important to note that metals, minerals or bacteria might cause water that is cloudy and is brown, yellow, or green. Likewise, if your cloudy water never settles, this can be a sign of hard water.

The Effects of Cloudy Tap Water

White cloudy drinking water caused by trapped air will have no health effects though sometimes it can be abrasive to pipes or stain sinks. However, if your water is brown, yellow or green and cloudy, it may be harmful to your body depending on the type or amount of contaminate. In addition, cloudy water caused by hard water can cause buildup on pipes and plumbing, decrease the life expectancy of appliances, and dilute the effectiveness of soap and detergents.

Solutions for Cloudy Tap Water

A good water filtration system, drinking water system or water softener can help eliminate cloudiness as well as protect from harmful bacteria or contaminates. In order to determine the cause of your cloudy water and the most efficient solution, we highly recommend taking advantage of our free water testing service. Contact us today or schedule a water analysis.