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Radiator water running through hot water pipes

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I have recently had a new kitchen and bathroom fitted, but after they plumbed my new bathroom suite in I noticed that evening when brushing my teeth that the water tasted like metal, I have always brushed my teeth with hot water as I don’t like the cold water on my teeth, I then ran myself a bath and noticed that the water was tinged yellow, when I asked the kitchen and bathroom fitters the next morning they stated they didn’t know why this was. I noticed if I let the tap run for a minute that the water would run clear again so I put it down to new pipe work as the fitters led me to believe there wasn’t a serious problem, after 4 or 5 days the water was still yellow so I asked them again and got the same response so decided to call a gas engineer to check the boiler, the engineer eventually came to the conclusion that my hot water pipe has been connected to my radiator pipe so I have effectively been bathing in radiator water for the past week, I am now really worried as I know radiator water can carry many bacteria and I’m concerned about mine and my children’s health, I have obviously stopped using the water, but I am unable to get the problem dealt with until Monday as all the offices are closed at the weekend. What I really want to know is should I go to the doctors and get checked out or would this be an over reaction as no one is feeling ill or anything…. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Natasha

I don’t think you’re overreacting and can see why you’re worried. It might be helpful to see the doctor – or perhaps call NHS 111 – and ask what you should look out for in terms of symptoms of anything that might happen as a result of contact with that water – just so you know what signs of something bad might be. If the problem isn’t fixed fast then you should call in the environmental health team at your local council.

Alex

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