Last Updated on September 15, 2022 by Alex Cubias
Toilets are a modern marvel. It is something that we often take for granted. Because toilets are something that are just always there for some families, it can be quite a shock to open up your porcelain contraption and find the water a vibrant blue. Why is your toilet water turning blue?
Here are 4 possible answers as to why your toilet water has turned blue.
1. Blue Toilet Tablets
Let us get this one out of the way. The first reason your toilet water is blue could be because of a cleaning tablet.
Your toilet water will undoubtedly be blue if there is a blue cleaning tablet attached. While this is an obvious or implied reason, it is important to bring up. These cleaning tablets are more dangerous for your toilet than you think. Sure you don’t have to clean your toilet on your own anymore, but you may have to pay for some pipes to get fixed. It’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons. (Source)
Blue toilet tablets contain powerful chemicals that eat away bacteria. They are so powerful that over time these chemicals can cause malfunctions for a once working toilet. Specifically, cleaning tablets ruin a toilet’s flush valve or rubber pieces such as gaskets. These chemicals also will contaminate the environment around the septic tank, including the soil down below and the air in your very home.
Additionally, if you have small children or a beloved pet, they can get sick from the blue tablet water. The best way to help your pet when they drink blue toilet water (cleaning tablet or otherwise) give them a small amount of milk or clean water and get them to a local veterinarian if they have more than an upset stomach. If your pet eats a cleaning tablet they need to be taken to the vet immediately. (Source)
So double check your cleaning tablet placed in your toilet bowl. Is this something you want in your home? The answer may be yes for someone living alone or with a significant other only, but for young children, pets, and sensitive loved ones, it may be best to say goodbye to the blue cleaning tablet.
2. High Copper Levels
The second reason for blue water in your toilet bowl is due to high levels of copper in your water.
If you don’t have a blue cleaning tablet in your toilet bowl and the water is still blue, this is an indicator of high levels of copper in your water. While low levels of copper in your water are actually good for you with 2mg/L being the best daily consumption, high levels can lead to health and home problems. In this scenario, the blue water itself is not dangerous, but your plumbing system is at risk. (Source)
High levels are not always shown through pristine blue waters. It can be blue or green particles or cloudiness in your water. Water with high levels when heated to high temperatures will have brown or black particles drifting across the surface of your water. Keep an eye out for any unusual colors other than blue water in your toilet bowl.
Another indicator of high copper levels is a blue ring in your toilet bowl. It can sit where the water tends to lie, but it does not need to be exact or the same color of blue. Check for any kind of blue stains on your toilet, as this is an indicator that something is wrong.
3. Copper Corrosion
As copper levels rise, so do the issues you will find in your home. The third reason why your toilet water is blue could be that your pipes are damaged.
Copper corrosion means that as copper levels increase, the plumbing in your home will start to deteriorate.
Copper refined water has implications not just in your toilet, but around your home. If your toilet water is blue it most likely means that all water sources in your home have high levels of copper. This is seen through a blue ring in your toilet bowl, loss of water in the toilet, flooding, and dampness in the walls.
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4. Your Water Well is Contaminated
The final reason your toilet has blue water is that your water source is contaminated.
Copper levels rise most often in wells or small bodies of water. Sometimes chemicals from mining, construction, or farming can lead to these levels rising to dangerous levels, thus affecting your home and your toilet bowl.
How do I fix it?
Now that we understand that blue toilet water, besides the use of cleaning products, comes from high levels of copper, here are a few options to get this fixed.
If the reason your water is turning blue is because of water source contamination, purchase water filters for your homes.
If the cause is because of damaged pipes and you want to prevent the discoloration after water filtering, you might need to replace your pipes which could be a lengthy process. The best thing to do is purchase filters in the meantime until you’re ready to make that long-term investment.
Some locations across the country, such as Montana, naturally have high levels of copper from their water sources. The best thing to do would be to install water filters if that is something not already done or you want permanently fixed. Again, blue water is not dangerous itself, so you should be okay. However, its arrival at your home may mean that something is off. It is best to get it checked out once resources are available and not put it off before it’s too late.
Unfortunately, if your toilet water is blue and it’s not from cleaning chemicals, your pipes and possibly your home water system has high levels of copper in it. The best step to take would be to call your local plumber and create a game plan. This includes installing water filters, fixing pipes as needed, or removing any blue cleaning chemicals in your toilet bowl.
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Now, let's delve into the concepts mentioned in the article:
Blue Toilet Tablets
Blue toilet tablets are cleaning agents designed to keep toilet bowls fresh and sanitary. These tablets often contain powerful chemicals that eliminate bacteria but can have detrimental effects on plumbing systems over time. The chemicals in these tablets may damage the toilet's flush valve and rubber components like gaskets. Moreover, the contamination can extend to the environment, affecting septic tanks, soil, and indoor air quality.
High Copper Levels
Elevated levels of copper in water can result in blue toilet water. While low levels of copper are generally safe and even beneficial for health, excessive amounts pose risks. The article suggests that blue water might not be the only sign of high copper levels; there could be blue or green particles, cloudiness, or even brown or black particles when heated. Copper levels in excess can lead to health issues and plumbing problems.
Copper corrosion is a consequence of increasing copper levels, affecting the plumbing system throughout a home. The blue color in toilet water could indicate that water from all sources in the house has elevated copper levels. This corrosion can manifest in various ways, including a blue ring in the toilet bowl, water loss, flooding, and dampness in walls.
Contaminated Water Well
Contaminated water sources, often wells or small bodies of water, can lead to an increase in copper levels. Factors such as chemicals from mining, construction, or farming can contribute to water contamination. The presence of blue water in the toilet may serve as an indicator of such contamination.
The article suggests several solutions based on the identified causes:
Water Source Contamination: If the cause of blue water is contamination from the water source, the recommended solution is to purchase water filters for the home.
Damaged Pipes: If the issue arises from damaged pipes causing copper leaching, the article recommends replacing the pipes. In the interim, water filters can be used until a more permanent solution is implemented.
High Copper Levels: In locations with naturally high copper levels, installing water filters is advised as a preventive measure.
Professional Assistance: If toilet water is consistently blue, and the cause is not from cleaning chemicals, consulting a local plumber is recommended. They can assess the situation, install water filters, fix pipes, and create a comprehensive plan to address the issue.
In conclusion, understanding the various factors contributing to blue toilet water allows for informed decision-making and effective resolution of the problem.