07-01-2008, 03:03 PM
I am a homeowner and live in a house built in the 1950's. When I run a bath, and only a bath it seems, I occasionally get varying sizes of black particles in my bath water. As long as I do not touch these particles they will float around in the water in one solid piece. However, if I touch them, they turn to what looks like "powder" floating in the water, until they dissipate. I can trap one of these particles under my finger and actually write on the bottom of my bathtub as if I was writing on paper with a pencil. A black powder will float up around my finger as I "write" on my tub, and it will stain not only my finger for a time, but my bathtub for life it seems. I have asked many people about this and no one- including my utility company- seems to have any idea what this could be. They are all recommending that I get a water sampling kit and mail it into a lab to test my water for whatever mineral this is that is causing this. I am not too concerned, I live in an older house, but I would like the peace of mind to know that its not lead that I am rubbing around with my finger in my bath water! I was hoping that someone here might know something of this or have heard of something like this and could direct me on this matter before I pay the $40 to get my water tested. Thank You!