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Why Is My Tap Water Cloudy?

Have you been bothered by your water appearing cloudy? Depending on where you live, your water supply, and your municipal water infrastructure, your tap water can consistently appear opaque, cloudy, or milky – But don’t be alarmed, in most cases there are some relatively simple explanations and solutions. Life would be a lot easier if we didn’t have to worry about your water, the air we breathe, or the food we eat, but as time goes on it always seems like there’s something new. Regardless, there are ways to manage your cloudy water.

Reasons For Cloudy Water:

Most cloudy water issues can be handled internally, but if you find that you’re not experiencing any success with your possible solutions, give your municipality a call to see if they can provide any insight.

1. Air Bubbles:

What is most likely is that small little air bubbles get trapped in your tap water. You’ll know whether your water has air bubbles or not if the cloudiness dissipates within a few minutes. The temperature of your water can influence the amount of air bubbles. The colder the water, the more likely there will be bubbles. Air in your water isn’t anything to worry about for your health but is something to keep an eye on for the long term.

2. Sediments:

Dirt, sand, or rust particles can sometimes make their way into your water and fog up your water. This is either due to an issue with your municipalities water services or the plumbing in your home. Either way, you can get your water tested to see if it contains elements which could impact the longevity of your pipes.

3. Hard Water:

Hard water is very common, it occurs when water is infused with high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Hard water can leave a chalky residue on your appliances at home if left untreated, in addition to causing dry skin. When water is heated the minerals can precipitate out of the water creating a cloudy appearance.

4. Water Temperature:

There is a phenomenon that occurs called “cold-induced precipitation” with cold water where it appears cloudy due to dissolved minerals in the water coming out of the solution and forming tiny particles. If this happens just wait for the water to come to room temperature, and it should appear clear again.

5. Water Pressure:

Just like the first point, inconsistent water pressure can cause air to become trapped in the water and it can then appear cloudy. Regardless, it’s only an aesthetic issue and goes away with time.

Overall, cloudy water is a common issue and one that is likely to be a simple fix. Thankfully, at Culligan we have all the expertise and know-how to solve your cloudy water issues. If you’re pouring yourself a glass of water and it’s looking unappetizing, give us a call. Our line of products, including reverse osmosis systems, whole-house filters, and smart systems can bring your home’s water up to speed in no time.

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