Cloudy Water

Have you ever poured a glass of water and seen hundreds of tiny bubbles in the glass, maybe even a milky color?  Within a minute the water clears up from the bottom to the top and the glass of water looks normal again.  The cloudy water is due to tiny air bubbles in the water.  These tiny air bubbles are completely harmless and not pose a health risk. 

These tiny air bubbles happen because the water in the pipes coming into your home is under pressure and gases (air) will come out as water flows put the tap and into your glass of water where it is under normal atmospheric pressure.  Another cause of tiny bubbles is when the weather becomes cooler, water traveling through the piping is going through cold pipes and then moves into the home where there is warm air causing tiny air bubbles.

Also, tiny bubbles are present because water is pressurized in your pipes, to a degree.  The water under pressure holds more air than water that is not pressurized.  Once the water comes out of the tap, the water is no longer under pressure and the air comes out of solution in the form of bubbles.

When you pour the next glass of water with tiny air bubbles don’t be alarmed, let the water sit for a minute and clear up.  There are other potential reasons for cloudy, milky water and if your water does not clear up, it is best to contact us or call (815) 385-3093 to discuss your situation.