Why Does My Faucet Water Look White?

Why Does My Faucet Water Look White?

20th Feb 2023

White faucet water can be an alarming sight and in many cases, it may be a sign that something is wrong with your home’s plumbing or water systems. To determine whether the white water coming from your faucet is a cause for concern, it’s important to understand what could be causing it. NuvoH2O is here to help you understand four of the most common reasons for white faucet water so that you can make an informed decision about how to address it. Learn more and get in touch with our team for salt-free water softeners that can help resolve the issue if your white water is being caused by hard water in your home.

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Mineral Build-Up

Hard water is a common problem that affects many homes and businesses, especially in areas with very high mineral content in the water supply. As it passes through your pipes, these minerals like magnesium and calcium can leave behind deposits of scale on your plumbing fixtures, which make up what is known as hard water. As the scale builds up, it can cause white bits of sediment to come out from your faucet when you turn it on. Whole-home water softeners can help reduce the risk of hard water build-up without salt or salt-based solutions by using a citric acid water softener, which NuvoH2O specializes in. Our water softeners keep magnesium and calcium occupied, preventing limescale and build-up in your pipes, and reducing white sediment coming out of your faucet.

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Air Bubbles

Another common cause of cloudy or white faucet water is simply air bubbles that have become trapped in the pipes of your home. While this isn’t a cause for alarm, it can still be an annoyance and could cause you to think something more serious may be going on. If you notice that your water appears milky or cloudy, try running it for a few seconds to see if the bubbles dissipate.

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Over-Treated Water

If you live in an area where your water is treated with chemicals such as chlorine, there may be times when too much of the treatment has been added. This can cause your water to look white or cloudy and could also give it an unpleasant taste. In this case, the solution is usually simple - letting the water sit for a few hours should get rid of any excess chemicals that are causing the problem.

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Bacteria or Algae Growth

Finally, white faucet water could be a sign of the presence of bacteria or algae in your pipes. This can happen if the water supply is not adequately treated and/or piped correctly to your home. If you suspect that this could be the cause of your white water, it’s important to take steps to address the problem immediately, as bacteria and algae can be a health hazard if left unchecked.

If you’ve noticed white water coming out of your tap, it’s important to take steps to address the issue right away. At NuvoH2O, we specialize in salt-free water softeners that are an effective solution to hard water problems. These systems use citric acid instead of salt to reduce the hardness of your water. Rather than removing minerals, they bind to minerals that cause scale build-up and reduce the risk of white faucet water. Not only do salt-free water softeners help eliminate white faucet water, but they also increase the life of your appliances and reduce energy bills. Get in touch with our team to learn more about our salt-free water softener systems or to find out if a salt-free system is the right solution for you today!

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