Brownish Water Coming Out Of Tub Faucet Normal?

trudymomMarch 14, 2009

New construction in since December. We have not used the master tub yet but I still clean it every 2 weeks. Today I was cleaning it and turned on faucet and a brownish water came out. We are on a neighbhorhood well system and have a whole house filtration system. Should this have happened? Suggestions?

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Just that fixture gave brown water?? not all the house water?

With a well system, there can be water that gets turned up a bit, but that should affect all the house water.

If you don't use the bathroom and the water sits in the pipes, I guess you could just have some sediment that settles...

Did it clear quickly?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 2:05PM
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pepperidge_farm, Yes, I think that one faucet is the only one I have noticed so far. I do use the sinks and shower in that bathroom and have not noticed any brown color.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 2:58PM
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But just to again clarify, it is hot, cold or both temperature water? Is it immediate, or did it turn brown after a few moments?

Well, by process of elimination you can narrow it down: it's not the whole house, nor is it all the fixtures to that bathroom. That leaves the pipes that supply the the tub.

What kind of pipes?
Copper? Any old copper? is the well water very acidic?

The whole house filter, is it just a sediment filter, water softener? If just a sediment filter, that won't eliminate dissolved iron, for instance...

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 5:27PM
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I would also check another bath faucet, if you have more than one bath, or fill a large glass pitcher or even a big glass with the water and look closely. We're on a community well system and often when the water is being disgusting, it's obviously brown in the bath, but not so obvious in the sink faucets because of the lower flow, until you get a look at a clear vessel filled with the water.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 5:49PM
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Thank you all for your help. The plumber came out here today and of course the water was not brown this time. He said since I am not using it all the time, that could be the reason. It is a new construction house, so the copper pipes are new. I don't know if it came on with the hot or cold water when I turned it on yesterday.

Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 8:09PM
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We just removed a huge jetted tub from our master bath during a reconstruction from a water leak from a water heater only 6 years and 1 month old. Even the 50 gallon water heater turned up on high couldn't fill up the tub fast enough with hot water without emptying the entire water heater, ending up each time with the sediment in the bottom (here in NC it is red clay, so it would turn reddish brown) no matter if we used it once every two weeks....and I didn't want to use it more often due to the huge bills for both water and electricity. The previous owners said that it NEVER happened with them, but I bet it did. I bet you are emptying your water heater just to fill up the tub. None of our other sinks or showers (the only other items that used the same water heater) ever turned reddish brown, either.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 9:24PM
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We've lived in our house for 27 years. We're in the country and on a community well system. We've had everything from slightly tinged (brown) water to water so muddy you refused to bath it it :( I've had more clothes ruined than I care to think about. If the water is just slightly tinged with brown, I can tell you from experience that the only way you'll really notice it it is when it's in something white...white tub, white toilet, etc. Depending on how discolored the water is, it might look fine coming out of the tap or in a black or silver pot, but start filling up a white tub and you'll see it. In a toilet, you'll see discoloration at and below the water line. They may have had a small break in the line and this would be normal till the system is flushed. And it might be something totally different (g) That's just my experience for 27 years. It IS better now that we have a new operator that actually cares about our water quality.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 1:26PM
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They could have used an iron nipple for the tub filler. It should be brass. If water stands in an iron fitting, it rusts. But if it runs brown for more than a few seconds, it's something else.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 4:35PM
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