QOur water softener was repaired recently. Now, the water coming out of the tap is cloudy. But if we draw a glass of water and let it sit, the water will clear after a couple of minutes. What could be causing this?
AAnytime pipes are opened for repairs, air enters the lines, said Duane Nowlin, president of Spectrum Labs in New Brighton.
After repairs are finished and pipes are repressurized, the air slowly dissolves into the water.
When you draw a glass of water, this dissolved air is released as small bubbles that make the water appear cloudy.
As the water stands, the bubbles rise to the surface, and the water clears from the bottom to the top of the glass.
Nowlin said the problem should remedy itself after a week or two, when all the air is flushed out of the lines.
AThe YWCA does not operate a residence in Minneapolis. Check with United Way's First Call for Help at 612-355-5000 for a list of transitional shelters. Be sure to call first for information on fees, supervision and suitability. Many of these shelters are for women with young children. There don't appear to be any short-stay residences for young women who aren't homeless or runaways.
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