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Why Does My Water Taste Like Metal?

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Don't settle for anything but clean, fresh water
Don't settle for anything but clean, fresh water

Does your family avoid drinking your home's tap water because of a bitter, metallic taste?

Water that tastes, or smells, metallic is not something your family should simply resolve to live with.

Correcting metallic water can typically be addressed in one to two days. And, in some cases, failing to address the cause of the issue can pose a serious health risk.

Discover why your drinking water might have a metallic taste, what could be causing it and how a whole home repipe can solve your problem in 1-2 days.

Three Common Causes of Metallic Water

There are several possible reasons why your water may taste like metal. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Corroded pipes: If the pipes in your home are made of galvanized iron, they may have begun to corrode over time. This is one of the most common causes for a metallic taste in the water. This type of pipe can also cause the water to become yellow, rusty or discolored.
  • Mineral buildup: Hard water, which is high in minerals like calcium and magnesium, can cause a metallic taste. This is also typically found mostly in galvanized iron pipe.
  • Plumbing fixtures: Metal fixtures, such as faucets and shower heads, can contribute to a metallic taste in the water if they are corroded or contaminated, but this would typically be a secondary cause.

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Fixing Metallic Water

It's important to address the issue as soon as possible, as drinking water that tastes like metal is simply the pipes telling you they are getting old.

Galvanized pipe full of rust
Galvanized pipe full of rust

If you are concerned about the health effects, you may be able to contact your local water utility to have your water tested to determine the source of the problem.

They can perform a water test and check the water pressure, pH, and metal content to determine the cause of the metallic taste.

If the problem is caused by contaminated water, it may be necessary to install a water filtration system to remove the contaminants and improve the taste of your water.

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Get a Quote to Repipe Your Home

A repipe will permanently remove the metallic taste from you drinking water. Here at Repipe Specialists, we've fully replaced the plumbing in over 75,000 homes since 1991 using both copper piping and PEX tubing. We continually get positive customer feedback from customers about their overall home repipe experiences. We often exceed their expectations on:

  • Speed: Our repipe crews typically complete a repipe in a day, returning on another day for wall patching.
  • Convenience: Through our One-Stop Repipe™ process, we handle everything from permits, to wall patching, to inspections.
  • Cleanliness: Our crews are trained to protect your home while working (we cover all surfaces with protective sheeting), and to clean up fully at the end of each day.
  • Peace of Mind: Repipe Specialists is a fully licensed plumber in every state we operate in, and we back all of our repipes with a lifetime warranty.
  • Financing programs: To help take the sting out of unplanned repipe expenses, we offer several financing programs.
  • Price: As a specialist that performs hundreds of repipes a week, we can deliver high-quality repipes at a lower cost vs generalist plumbers. We have an article that covers repipe cost factors in detail.

Schedule a free in-home consult, and one of our local repipe consultants will explain all your repipe options and provide you with a written, fixed-price quote.

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About Repipe Specialists

Expert Repiping at an Affordable Cost

Since our founding in 1991, we've been completing residential and multi-family building repipes to the highest standard.

With over 75,000 repipes completed, we've perfected our One Stop Repipe™ process: providing you with a high quality and convenient repipe experience while offering significant savings compared to traditional plumbers - plus, our work is guaranteed for life.

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