What’s going on with my tap water?
If you’ve noticed a weird, iridescent film on the surface of your drinking water, you’re probably a little concerned. Not to worry! There’s a good chance the film isn’t harmful to your health at all, but determining whether it’s a risk or nuisance depends on a few things.
Likely culprits for the sources of oily tap water
If you’re on well water, chances are that rainbow sheen can be traced to harmless organic sources. Decaying organic plant matter in your well is one of the most common causes, resulting in the presence of hydrogen sulfide. Another common source happens when iron deposits in minerals dissolve your well water in the presence of iron bacteria. Neither cause is typically harmful to your health, but should be addressed by professionals.
If you’re on city water, on the other hand, there might be cause for greater concern. In that case, there’s a possibility that it might be caused by potentially dangerous, manmade pollutants. These issues need to be remediated immediately.
Will it make me sick?
- Stir the water.
- Smell the water.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to get rid of an oily sheen in tap water on your own, no matter the source. You may find other articles that recommend filtering your tap water through a consumer system like a Brita pitcher, but those filters aren’t designed to correct the underlying problems associated with oily drinking water. No matter the source of the oily film, if you want it gone, you’ll need to consult with professionals.
Get help from professionals
Resolving the issue of an oily sheen in your tap water depends on a number of factors, including the age of your home and plumbing, the source of your drinking water, and what filtration or other systems are already in place. Our in-home inspection will determine any risk to your home plumbing, and give you the tools you need to protect your home.
We’ll come to your home and do a full inspection and comprehensive testing of your water to definitively determine the source of the problem. From there, we’ll be able to give you recommendations for working with plumbers, your insurance company, and your city to ensure this doesn’t impact the value of your home or your family’s health.