To resolve these issues, home and building owners should flush pipes regularly to ensure pipes and water remain safe.
Flushing Cold Water Pipes
If you have not run your water for six hours or more, turn on the cold water faucet for your kitchen sink and run the cold water for three minutes to flush it through the pipes.
The flushing time can be reduced if combined with other flushing activities such as flushing toilets, running the shower, or running appliances like your dishwasher or washing machine.
Flushing Hot Water Pipes
Turn on the hot water faucet for your kitchen sink and run the hot water for 15 minutes (40-gallon tank) or 30 minutes (80-gallon tank).
This will ensure that all water in the hot water tank has been flushed, allowing for fresh new water to be heated.
Turn on all other hot water faucets in your home including your washing machine, dishwasher, showers, and other sinks, for one to two minutes, to flush those lines.
Treatment Devices and Filters (Installation, Inspection and Maintenance)
If you use a water filter system, ensure it is installed by reputable and experienced professionals, and is cleaned regularly, and inspected and maintained according to manufacturer guidelines.
If you use a home treatment device such as a water pitcher, tap filter, or fridge filter, ensure you properly condition new filters before use and replace filter cartridges according to manufacturer guidelines.
Other Water Use Devices
Ensure that all other water use devices and appliances in your home are properly installed by reputable and experienced professionals, and are cleaned regularly, and inspected and maintained according to manufacturer guidelines.
This includes dishwashers, washing machines, ice makers, bath and shower nozzles, faucets and sink drains, toilets, cisterns and water tanks.