The problems with lead in the water in Flint, Michigan made headlines around the country. The contaminated water scare may cause you to look at your water a little more skeptically. If you live in Nassau County, Long Island, and you have ever noticed brown water coming from your tap, you are not the only one. Often, a Nassau County water heater installation is done without the knowledge how sediment can impact the installation.
Officials from New York American Water went to great lengths to reassure customers that New York has some of the best water in the world. However, when demand is high, sediment is stirred up that can discolor the water. The discolored water is not dangerous; however, it is a problem that can be solved.
According to the Five Towns Herald article, “Treating the Five Towns’ Brown Water” by Jeff Bessen, sodium silicate in the water breaks down at temperatures above 120 degrees, and this can lead to brown water coming from the tap.
The article quoted Mayor Benjamin Weinstock, saying,
“We have two problems with the delivery system,” said Lawrence Mayor Martin Oliner. “The pipes are old and the iron makes the water brownish because it is not deionized.”
“I’m not aware than we have a problem worse than any other community, ” he said. “It was explained to me that the water has microscopic particles that leave brown stains. The solution is to install a filter on the hot water line, and a product such as Iron Out eliminates the stains. “
If you are interested in looking into Nassau County water heater installation, or you want to find out more about installing a filter to prevent iron build-up in your hot water, contact Waterheaters.com. Discolored water can also be a sign of an aging water heater that needs to be replaced. We would be happy to take a look at your system and let you know whether a filter or a new water heater is necessary.