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Rigamarole
03-16-2010, 02:13 AM
So uh, I plan on notifying the landlord first thing in the morning but I noticed something peculiar when I went to brush my teeth tonight... the water coming out of the bathroom faucet is really murky, as if it were soapy. I put it in a glass and it's completely opaque. I can't detect any odor (albeit I have a terrible sense of smell), but that can't be a good sign.

Same thing from the bath faucet, but the water coming out of the kitchen faucet seems to be normal.

Until he can get a proper plumber out here (I doubt the regular maintenance guys would know what's going on), any speculation on what could cause something like this? It's pretty disgusting when your water is white. I guess it could be worse - it could be brown or black.

Caught@Work
03-16-2010, 02:15 AM
Does it go clear if you let it settle?
Aerated water?

Rigamarole
03-16-2010, 02:19 AM
Does it go clear if you let it settle?
Aerated water?

Oh man, now I feel dumb. Hey, it's late and I'm tired. Yeah it does fizz up and get clear if I let it settle (but it takes a while, like ~45 seconds to get completely clear). Why have I not noticed that before? So it's (probably) safe right?

Mosier
03-16-2010, 02:34 AM
If the issue is indeed aerated water, it is safe to drink or bathe with.

Magiver
03-16-2010, 03:19 AM
If it's just on the warm water side then I'm thinking it could be lime that has scaled off the inside of the hot water tank.

Tom Tildrum
03-16-2010, 06:00 AM
If the issue is indeed aerated water, it is safe to drink or bathe with.

But don't try breathing with it.

Mangetout
03-16-2010, 06:16 AM
Lots of people incorrectly identify this as 'chalk', but usually it's tiny air bubbles and often happens when the washer or seating is damaged and the water comes through with a loud hissing or squealing sound.

You can tell it's air, as it settles upwards in the glass, then disappears.

ZenBeam
03-16-2010, 07:13 AM
When I lived in California, our water came from a mix of reservoirs and wells, with the wells used more in Winter. The well water looked like what you describe. I suspect your local water district did something similar, recently changing its source. Where do you live, and how long have you lived there?

ETA: the reservoir water was better from a quality point of view, but it was all safe.

salinqmind
03-16-2010, 10:17 AM
Just let the cold water run a couple minutes, cold water won't be cloudy with those teeny bubbles like warmish water is. This happens everywhere there is running water.

engineer_comp_geek
03-16-2010, 10:46 AM
Our township switched from one water supplier to another (basically because the idiots in charge of our township allowed too much new construction and overloaded our first supplier). When they switched the pipes over, our water started coming out extra bubbly, kinda like the OP described. The water company sent out a notice that this wasn't harmful and that it would clear up in a few days (which it did).

You might want to give your water company a call. They may have been doing some maintenance in your area.

alsoknownas
03-16-2010, 01:04 PM
It's probably milk.

Rigamarole
03-16-2010, 04:03 PM
When I lived in California, our water came from a mix of reservoirs and wells, with the wells used more in Winter. The well water looked like what you describe. I suspect your local water district did something similar, recently changing its source. Where do you live, and how long have you lived there?

ETA: the reservoir water was better from a quality point of view, but it was all safe.

I live in Los Angeles, and have lived here about 6 years. I've never noticed anything like this, although I can be remarkably unobservant at times. The strange thing is that the kitchen sink doesn't seem to do it but the bathroom sink does.

Tom Tildrum
03-16-2010, 04:41 PM
It's probably milk.

In the bathroom? I'd guess semen. Maybe the shower drain is backing up.

:cool:

wolfman
03-16-2010, 04:49 PM
Does your water come from a reservoir? Around spring a lot of lakes turn over(Temperature changing causes temperature layers to mix up). Some times it ends up more aerated or even dirty tasting for a week or two in spring.

Dahnlor
03-16-2010, 05:03 PM
I live in Los Angeles...Interesting. I also live in Los Angeles (Sun Valley neighborhood, right next to the Burbank Airport), and this morning I also noticed my water was exactly as you describe. I didn't try the kitchen faucet, though, and it may just be a coincidence.

phreesh
03-16-2010, 05:09 PM
Definitely milk.

Is your faucet mooing?

Rigamarole
03-16-2010, 05:14 PM
Interesting. I also live in Los Angeles (Sun Valley neighborhood, right next to the Burbank Airport), and this morning I also noticed my water was exactly as you describe.

I'm just down the road from you in Van Nuys, so it may not be coincidence.

Dahnlor
03-16-2010, 07:48 PM
After getting home I checked both bathroom and kitchen faucets, bathroom is still cloudy (but definitely aerated, as it settles upward like Mangetout said), and kitchen water is clear. If the cause is a common water source, it does seem curious that it's only affecting one faucet. At least it's harmless.

ZenBeam
03-16-2010, 09:13 PM
Temperature affects the solubility of gasses in liquids. Perhaps the pipes are at different temperatures.

Snnipe 70E
03-16-2010, 09:46 PM
After getting home I checked both bathroom and kitchen faucets, bathroom is still cloudy (but definitely aerated, as it settles upward like Mangetout said), and kitchen water is clear. If the cause is a common water source, it does seem curious that it's only affecting one faucet. At least it's harmless.

On your faucet is a devi ce called an "aireator. Some introduce more air then others.

ZenBeam
03-17-2010, 06:40 AM
The size of bubbles an aerator introduces are large enough that they quickly rise to the surface.