You turn on the faucet and are horrified to find black specks accompanying the water. Should you be alarmed? It’s certainly not normal, that’s for sure. Here are some of the reasons why you might see black specks in the water and what you can do about it.
1. Mineral Traces
The plumbing system may contain excess traces of minerals, mainly iron and manganese. These are not harmful to ingest, but the black specks are disconcerting. They may also stain the sink surface, dishes, or whatever else they come into contact with.
2. Pipe Corrosion
Old pipes may begin to corrode after several decades. Bits of the interior surface may start to peel off and end up in the water. Black specks from pipe corrosion usually occur with aged copper pipes. Contact plumbing services for a possible switch to updated cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipes.
3. Heater Corrosion
Do you only see black specks when turning on hot water? This may indicate extensive corrosion in the heater water lines. You may not even notice the black specks coming out of the water. However, you may notice black shavings and black smears around the sink or tub after use.
4. Granular Activated Carbon (GAC)
Most modern water filter systems use GAC as a filtering material in its cartridges. GAC appears as hard particles similar in shape and texture to coffee grounds. If the filter is overdue for a replacement, some of the GAC may make its way into the water. Replacing the cartridge may fix the problem.
We Trace the Source of Black Specks in Water
Give Plumbing & Heating Specialist a call if you see black specks in the water. We will identify the source and take corrective action. Our special offers make diagnosis affordable. Black specks in water are not normal and warrant your attention.
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