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Is Your Cloudy Tap Water Caused by a Problem with your Hot Water Heater?

Matt Polsinello - Friday, September 30, 2016

When you turn on your faucet and water that appears cloudy and “milky” comes out, it’s justifiable to be concerned. Although it usually does not pose a health risk, you will want to determine the underlying cause of the cloudy water in order to correct the issue.

If Your Cold Water is Cloudy:

  • If water from all of your cold water taps are cloudy, it is most likely caused by air in the municipal supply. To check this, fill a glass with cold water and watch it for a few minutes. The water should clear from the bottom upward. If the water is still cloudy after 24 hours, it might be wise to call the water bureau and ask if there’s maintenance being done or a possible leak in the system.
  • If cloudiness is only occurring at one of your faucets, it is probably a problem with the aerator. Take off the aerator, clean it with a half-water, half-vinegar solution, rinse it thoroughly and reinstall. This should take care of the problem.

If Your Hot Water is Cloudy:

  • To test the reason your hot water looks cloudy, run it briefly and fill a glass. Much like with the cold water test, you’re going to want to watch the way the water clears. If the cloudiness dissipates from the bottom upwards, the cloudiness is caused by the release of pressurized air. If water clears at the top first and particles are settling at the bottom of the glass, you’ll want to have your water heater checked.

If you find yourself in need of a new hot water heater, contact Polsinello Fuels, Inc. to find the right one for you.

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