10:21AM | 05/18/05
Member Since: 05/17/05
2 lifetime posts
My handy hubby just finished a new bathroom in the basement. Rough plumbing had been installed when the house was built 2 years ago. Turning on the tub faucet releases bright orange water for a full second or so, then it clears completely. Have tried running the water for 10-15 minutes, but still after the faucet has been turned off for a time, the orange always returns. The longer the faucet stays off, the brighter the orange--like orange soda after 2 days of non-use. Plumbing inspector comes tomorrow for final plumbing inspection...what is the cause, and are we going to have to rip out the tub surround or anything nasty like that to fix it? (Hubby has no clue I'm asking. He's leaning toward ignoring the problem. Help!)


07:27PM | 05/19/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
Here's the deal, tell hubby to pull of the tub spout, remove the nipple he used and install a galvanized, copper or plastic one. He most likely installed a steel one. The color is the rust from the nipple. It will continue till you replace the nipple.

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.


05:45AM | 06/01/05
Member Since: 05/17/05
2 lifetime posts
I'm sure he'll be impressed when I tell him "my" solution to the problem!

Gary Slusser

08:56AM | 06/01/05
Member Since: 02/17/04
112 lifetime posts
A galvanized nipple will do the same thing, so tell him not to use galvanized.


Quality Water Associates
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