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banned8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
If i take it right that the downstairs cold tap is mains fed and upstairs is from stored water in attic tank then me thinks i may have a problem, just run a bath upstairs and the cold water is running a rusty colour, checked downstairs water and that is slighlty cloudy but not rusty, any ideas what the problem could be please?
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banned8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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1 Like #1
My O/h Is Saying Its From Mains - Check With Neighbours T O See If They Have Same Problem - O/h Says If Downstairs Cloudy It Has Fed Up To Tank And Settled Thats Why Its Worse Upststairs -

If Neighbours Are The Same I Would Contact Emergency Water Company Provider - Quick!!
1 Like #2
I'm not a plumber but have had this before. Sounds like the last time the tank re-filled, it drew in some gunk which will clear itself. I don't think you will have a problem.
1 Like #3
Sassie - i think your cold water in the kitchen is mains fed - the 'cold' tank in your loft feeds the hot water and heating and the cold tap in the bathroom.

We've recently had our boiler replaced, so now all our cold taps are straight from the mains. Sounds to me like there may have been some works going on in your area, making your cold feed dirty - it should run off and clear after a short while
#4
Hello sassie :)
not a plumber but hve this problem here now and again.
As Holly's O/H says it's normally form the mains.
If you run the upstairs cold tap for a few minutes it should clear to the same as downstairs.
Upstairs and downstairs cold water usually runs from the mains and if you got the rusty stuff upstairs first then that's because you ran the upstairs water first this morning.

Are the local water authority working nearby ??
As Holly says, check neighbours.

:)
1 Like #5
Keep running the water out of both taps for a good few minutes, then see if it clears etc...
It could be mains trouble or (as already mentioned) problems with the plumbing system within the property. Doesnt sound too bad, but you should have some local plumbers back at work over the next few days.

I'm presuming your hot supply is okay? If its not, keep an eye on your boiler and look out for any fault lights etc, or any strange noises/ smells! If it dont seem right, shut it down and get a proffesional to have a look at it.

hope this helps..

Bertie
#6
Like mentioned will have drawn in from main supply.Run taps until clear and it should soon go away also you may notice it come from the hot tap too this will be because the tank will have filled when the prob started
banned#7
all hot taps, running fine, all heating running fine, down stairs cold water is a little cloudy (but happens alot round here) just upstirs cold taps, right both tops been on full since posting, and still rusty colour but not as bad

I cannot afford to phone and get a plumber so anything it needs will have to be done by good old me, all neighbours are out, selfish gets;-)
#8
You can phone the local water authority to see if they have a problem. Sounds like a local problem to me.
1 Like #9
Just run cold taps until it stops shouldn't take too long also the hot might be ok now but may show next time you rubn a bath unless you use combi boiler.
#10
you could venture into the loft and see if the cold water tank (that feeds tha bathroom) is still covered or whether something may have fallen into it - disturbing the sediment at the bottom - could be a bird! or something else thatw as disturbed when you got your xmas decorations down?
1 Like #11
Fill a large tumbler with the "rusty" water sassie.
Let it settle and I think you'll find it's sediment or soil rather than anything like rust.
banned#12
right guys, you where right, turned main feed off and taps turned off, so it sint a problem indoors as i thought, not sure why upstais is rusty and downstairs aint though, but was more concerned about it being a problem with tank in attic, now i know it isnt i have calmed down, you learn something new everyday, todays lesson learnt is my cold water all comes from the main supply:-D

thanks guys for your time, repped ya all, enjoy the rest of your boxing day xx


P.s When i say rusty, i meant as in colour, it is leaving a dirt residue at bottom of bath so probably some work going on somewhere, probably see them when i venture out - lol
#13
At least you can now rest assured that you don't have to forkl out a load of money for a plumber to fix it.:)
#14
sassie



P.s When i say rusty, i meant as in colour, it is leaving a dirt residue at bottom of bath so probably some work going on somewhere, probably see them when i venture out - lol


LOL ! if it is the water people take them out a cup of rusty tea sassie and some ginger nuts. That should sort them out ! :p
1 Like #15
Take a tip, try and flush our any devices you have like electric showers, NOT THROUGH THE SHOWER.

Try and remove pipe or flush through a tap to the devices. Or when the water comes back on it may leave particles in the device and stop it functioning correctly.

You may also want to try and find out what the problem was that caused it because if you do end up with a faulty device you may be able to make a claim.
banned#16
found a number and rung them, there has been some work in this area this morning and said the water should be cloudy but should clear withing 20 mins of running it, expalined downstairs water cloudy and that has now cleared but upstirs was badly discouloured and as yet is still not running clear, she has no idea why this is happening, but said if it doesnt clea to ring back and also she would speak to an engineer and get them to phone me

Again thanks guys, i should have checked if my upstairs was running off mains first but thought it ran off tank, no idea why i thought that especially considering we brush our teeth upstairs, just put it down to me being a muppet:w00t:
#17
BritBrat
Take a tip, try and flush our any devices you have like electric showers, NOT THROUGH THE SHOWER.

Try and remove pipe or flush through a tap to the devices. Or when the water comes back on it may leave particles in the device and stop it functioning correctly.

You may also want to try and find out what the problem was that caused it because if you do end up with a faulty device you may be able to make a claim.


Really good advice, something I hadn't thought of when it happened here. :thumbsup:

Have some Rep for your help :)
#18
Any plumbers about :-(


Yeah, Super Mario has been on my TV non-stop for the last 24 hours.

PM me your address, and i'll send him around. Nintendo Wii? Nuts to it. :x
banned#19
yeah just run taps for a few hrs till u see the water clear
[mod]#20
It was almost certainly iron oxide or by another name Rust!

If the water board local to you have a burst pipe and need to turn off your main in the road, when they turn it back on the sudden slug of water at pressure through the main causes the rust to wash off the inside of the pipework, whereas when the pipe is constantly full it still comes off into your drinking water but not to such a degree that its visible. The same happens if there is a fire local to you and the fire brigade tap into a local hydrant point for water to fill their bowser, the shock to the main of the 2" connection they use can cause a disturbance which also results in cloudy water. Iron oxide is not harmful to health in these quantities, though it makes you want a britta water filter doesnt it ;-)
#21
All tank fed water should be pottable now.

Whats pottable? Basicly you should be able to drink it as every part of the system should be sealed to not allow ingress of insects ect.
#22
BritBrat
All tank fed water should be pottable now.

Whats pottable? Basicly you should be able to drink it as every part of the system should be sealed to not allow ingress of insects ect.


Is that supposed to apply to immersion heaters BritBrat ? We put ours in a few years ago and it's just got a lid on the top like a giant saucepan lid.
Is that not legal now ?

Regards :0
[mod]#23
The wras ([SIZE=-1]The Water Regulations Advisory) [/SIZE]scheme combined with The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 were brought in to make sure that potable water supplies were just that, drinkable and so are applied to new dwellings. Any dwelling built before then didnt and still doesnt become illegal due to non compliance.
I would still advise against drinking water from anywhere other than the cold supply main unless you are boiling it first, you wouldnt want to drink water fed from a storage tank that had a dead rat festering in it would you. Extreme I know but you get the idea.
Enjoy your next cuppa wont you ;-)
#24
MikeT
The wras ([SIZE=-1]The Water Regulations Advisory) [/SIZE]scheme combined with The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 were brought in to make sure that potable water supplies were just that, drinkable and so are applied to new dwellings. Any dwelling built before then didnt and still doesnt become illegal due to non compliance.
I would still advise against drinking water from anywhere other than the cold supply main unless you are boiling it first, you wouldnt want to drink water fed from a storage tank that had a dead rat festering in it would you. Extreme I know but you get the idea.
Enjoy your next cuppa wont you ;-)


Thanks MikeT.
As for drinking water that comes from anywhere but the mains, no way ! :w00t:

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