If you have been noticing debris coming from your tap, there are things you can do about it. No one wants to use, or drink, water filled with particles, and these handy tips can help you fix the problem and go back to drinking debris-free water in no time!
What You Can Do
If you notice debris coming from your faucet, first check the aerators. These are located at the very end of your faucets and control the amount of air that mixes with your tap water.
This helps prevent splashing, and of course, they also catch particles in your water and keep them from finding their way into your drinking water.
Check these small screens to see what kind of debris, and how much, they are catching. They can alert you to the source of the problem.
Clean out your aerator, and then check to see which line is the problem. To figure this out, you’ll need to shut down the hot water to your faucet and leave the cold water on. Use just the cold for a day or two.
If the water at that faucet is running clear, but the water from the other faucets in your home are not, this will tell you that your water heater is the source of the problem. You’ll need to have the water heater serviced.
However, if the faucet where you’ve turned of the hot water is not running clear water, then it may be a problem with the water supply coming into your home. You can install a water softener or a filtration system to alleviate the problem.
Once you’ve installed the filter, you will need to flush the plumbing to remove any remaining debris. This will keep you from having problems again.
If you have more questions, contact the SC Utility Commission.