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Posted by: Shafiq Bailey | 2012-05-10

Tap water contains black dirt particles

My kitchen sink mixer was recently (28/04) replaced by a plumber and he flushed the pipes for more than half an hour, emptying my geyser in the process. Since then I''ve discovered hundreds of black dirt particles in my bath water, and also discovered it when I poured a glass of water in the kitchen. When you keep the tap open for a 5 or 10 seconds, it seems to clear up, but I have to do this EVERY time. I have kids who could drink this so I''m concerned. Do I get the plumber back but how to trace the problem?
Much obliged!

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It's not unusual to find particles in your tap water after a plumber's been working on the system. These black particles could come from the black rubber fixtures in the system, like some geyser connections, washers etc. Or, they could be from rusting metal from inside the pipes. Either way, they are not a serious health hazard but you don't want to have to put up with them in the long term. You should soon stop seeing them in your water; if not, you'll have to get the issue seen to. Meanwhile, give your plumber a call and ask him what he thinks the cause might be.

Do you find the particles when you fill a glass from the cold tap? (Remember that for drinking and cooking, it's always better to use the cold tap.)

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Posted by: sandy | 2015-10-12

I live in an apartment building It has black dirt in it since February of this year. no one has done plumbing. But in all my faucets it comes out of. I've told the landlord but all I got was this little tiny filter which is help a little. But everything is turning colors tub, sink and clothes.I dont kno wat 2 do cuz if u shower its on ya ur hair everything. Please someone help. I pay rent every month and nothing gets done. I have 2 go out and buy water there is 3 of us that live here and 4 animals. I have a low immune system. So please some1 help me. I don't know wat 2 do.

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Posted by: EnviroHealth Expert | 2012-05-10

It's not unusual to find particles in your tap water after a plumber's been working on the system. These black particles could come from the black rubber fixtures in the system, like some geyser connections, washers etc. Or, they could be from rusting metal from inside the pipes. Either way, they are not a serious health hazard but you don't want to have to put up with them in the long term. You should soon stop seeing them in your water; if not, you'll have to get the issue seen to. Meanwhile, give your plumber a call and ask him what he thinks the cause might be.

Do you find the particles when you fill a glass from the cold tap? (Remember that for drinking and cooking, it's always better to use the cold tap.)

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