Why Do I Have Smelly/Brown Water Coming from my Faucets?

Smelly water and brown water coming from your faucets can be, but are not always related. Oftentimes, when you get brown water from your faucets, the culprit is a piece of galvanized pipe that is going bad. “But I’ve got copper plumbing” you say. Many people have copper plumbing in the walls, but their angle stops valves are connected to a galvanized nipple coming out of the wall. And, many water heaters have galvanized nipples on top of them. The connection between the copper and the galvanized goes bad, and voila-here comes the brown water. At Sav-On Plumbing, we can track down the source of this brown water and remedy the situation. If left untreated for too long, it may involve replacing the water heater. These things are best repaired when they first appear. Smelly water, or water that smells like “rotten eggs” is usually a sign that the anode rod in the water heater has gone bad. This anode rod protects your water heater from corrosion from the inside out. This is definitely something you’ll want to get fixed ASAP. Sometimes this can be fixed by replacing the anode rod and treating the water heater with bleach water; other times the water heater must be replaced. Call us and we will examine your problem, and together come up with the best solution for your individual circumstance.

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