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    Default Re: Discolored water

    Ive had that happen with homes that are unoccupied for a long time. How long did you let it run?

    Paul Kondzich
    Ft. Myers, FL.

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    Default Re: Discolored water

    I've seen this with the aerator on the kitchen sink in several instances. Simply speaking the faucet causes a lot of tiny bubbles into the water. (Never have understood the purpose.) If you pour a glass, it will initially look somewhat chalky in color. If you let it sit for just a minute, all the tiny microscopic bubbles drift out and the water is again crystal clear.

    Of course if it doesn't clear in a few seconds or it clears and you see settlement in the bottom of the glass, then that's a whole other story.


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    Default Re: Discolored water

    Dan,

    Identify what you know and what you see.

    The home has been sitting for 90 days. No power I take it...

    More than likley the water heater is in need of draining, fixtures run for 20 minutes to flush the system.

    RR


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    Default Re: Discolored water

    Because I never know the mineral content of any water, no matter where I am, if a house has been vacant for several months I will always run the water until I feel like at least the capacity of the heater has been reached. This is done by running all hot water faucets.
    Then I reignite the heater and go do other stuff until it has a chance to reheat. Then I test as usual. I do the same thing if I smell sulfur when I first run the water.
    Related to vacant houses and water, for those who may have forgotten, here's the safety article about why else you should run substantial hot water at vacant houses.

    eLCOSH : The Dishwaser Exploded

    The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
    - Paul Fix

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    Default Re: Discolored water

    Thom
    That sounds like a Myth Buster job

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Discolored water

    Or a Jackass stunt.

    The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
    - Paul Fix

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    Default Re: Discolored water

    Dan,

    From the wonderful web:

    Milky or Cloudy Looking Water


    Why does the water look milky?

    Occasionally your water may look milky or cloudy. Milky looking water is usually the result of very tiny air bubbles in the water. These bubbles are so small (almost invisible to the naked eye) they look like someone poured milk in your water.

    Where do the bubbles come from?


    Our water has air dissolved in it all the time. Most of the time the air stays dissolved in the water and you can't see it. During the colder months the water temperature drops down into the forties (Fahrenheit). When water gets cold, it can hold more air (oxygen) in solution and becomes supersaturated.

    If the cold supersaturated water comes into contact with any obstruction in the plumbing system (such as a valve that is not completely open), it causes turbulence which results in the air coming out of solution and forming tiny bubbles. You don't have the same problem in the summer time because the water does not contain as much air.

    Is the Utilities Department doing anything about this?

    No. Unfortunately, we cannot control the temperature of the water.

    How long will it last?

    This problem can last until the water warms back up.

    Is it harmful?

    No.


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    Default Re: Discolored water

    Was it the hot and cold water or just one?
    Was it like that at all of the fixtures?
    Was there an odor?
    Had the home been winterized?


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