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Why are There Black Specks in My Water?

Plumbing Repair in Philadelphia

Here at Goodman Plumbing, we know how important it is to have clean water in your home or apartment. If you notice that there are black specks in your tap water, you may need to contact us for plumbing repair in Philadelphia. While having specks in your water is never a good thing, there can be many different causes that could be affecting your plumbing. Let’s take a look at what causes black specks and what you should do about it.

1. Particles of Rust

If you notice that the specks in your water are of different sizes, have irregular shapes, and have a hard texture, then they could be rust particles. While rust particles are typically orange/red or even brown, they can also be black. As you can probably guess, rust typically comes from a rusted pipe, and if this is the case, you’ll need to get in touch with us for plumbing repair in Philadelphia to have it replaced. However, if the rust particles are coming out of every faucet in your home, then the issue could lie with the municipal water supply.

2. Traces of Minerals

While iron oxide (rust) is classified as a mineral, other minerals can cause black specks in your tap water. Two of the most common are iron and manganese. In most cases, these particles are harmless, however, there are recommendations by the EPA that they should not exceed a certain amount.

3. Rubber Disintegration

Another instance in which you will probably need to reach out to us for plumbing repair in Philadelphia is if the black specks are bits of rubber from a disintegrating hose somewhere in your plumbing system. This is noted by the specks being oily and in many cases, the flex hose that attaches to your water heater could be the problem.

4. Silt and Sand

Having silt and sand in your water isn’t harmful to you in most cases but can make your water “crunchy” which is never a good experience. The thing is, just because it isn’t harmful to you doesn’t mean that it’s something that should be ignored. Silt and sand can cause damage over time to appliances such as your dishwasher, washing machine, and well pump making it a good idea to address this problem as soon as possible.

5. GAC (Granular Activated Carbon)

If your water filtration system uses purification cartridges that contain GAC, you may find black specks in your water if something goes wrong. A broken or damaged cartridge can leak GAC particles into your water which are notable for being small, hard, and uniform in size/shape. 

Keeping Your Water Clean and Your Family Safe

While many of the reasons for having black specks in your water are not outright harmful, you can never be too careful. When you drink contaminated water or use it for bathing, washing, and other activities, you’re always taking a risk. The good news is that we can fix practically any water contamination problem you’re having so long as its origin isn’t the municipal supply itself.

If you notice that there are black specks in your water, Goodman Plumbing can help. Play it safe and get in touch with us today. 

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