Black particles in bath hot water only
Our tenant down in Hampton Roads Va area informed us that black particles have started coming out of hot water bath tub faucet. Cold tap is fine, and no other faucet in the house has any problem. City water, I do not know maker of faucet. Before I call a plumber, any thoughts on possible cause? We wonder if it is simply a rotting (?) gasket or something.
I appreciate any feedback,
Re: Black specks in water of all faucets of the house?
Drain your water heater to clear out black particles and hard water deposits. (Watch You Tube videos if you need to know how.) Put in new heavy duty corrugated stainless hoses. Unscrew aerators from your faucets and clear out black particles there and your troubles will be over.
I had black speck in my water and it took me years to figure out why. Copper or stainless steel hose connectors to and from the water heater do not cause this problem. My connectors were the black mesh covered rubber hoses by Brass Craft (They said they were made of EPDM). Chlorine from city water breaks down the rubber and it releases black particles into the hot water lines after a few years. (Someone told me it was bacteria and to turn the temperature to 140 degrees which was not the solution. They also told me to put 2 gallons of bleach in my tank to treat it which I am glad I did not do. I didnít want to be smelling bleach for days.) After changing out my hoses to and from the water heater with 100% stainless steel ones (also made by Brass Craft) I decided to cut one of the old rubber hoses open and see what was inside. Sure enough! Though the mesh hose still looked great on the outside Ė it was deteriorating and shedding like a snake on the inside!
Home owners usually donít suspect the hoses because they are still new looking and donít leak. Depending on the chlorine in the water it usually takes about 2 or 3 years before you start seeing the black particles of EPDM and they are totally creepy. Web definitions
EPDM rubber (ethylene propylene diene Monomer (M-class) rubber), a type of synthetic rubber,..
The following link is to a scientific report about the chlorine in city water breaking down EPDM http://sciencelinks.jp/j-east/articl...03A0073303.php