At Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical, the quality of the water in your home is a top priority for our plumbers. Whether we’re installing or repairing water fixtures, helping with filtration or even assisting with drain cleaning services, ensuring your water is safe and healthy will always be at the front of our minds.
There are several possible signs of contamination in water that you might be able to find in a home without proper plumbing and filtration, and one such sign is the presence of small black specks or dots in your drinking water. These small spots won’t necessarily make you sick if you drink them a single time, but they’re absolutely hazardous to health in large enough amounts and should not be ingested – and further still, often signal significant issues taking place somewhere in your plumbing system. Let’s go over what these specks might actually be, plus the signs they’re giving you.
In some situations, you’ll begin to notice these black pieces in your drinking water particularly when you use hot water from your faucet. When you use cold water, you either notice very few specks or notice none at all.
If this is the case, it’s almost certainly due to corrosion taking place inside your water heater. Water heaters wear down over the years, and may even rust or otherwise corrode due to this wear. There are also certain rare cases where this kind of issue signals corrosion in your water lines that run to and from the water heater and your faucet. In either of these cases, not only should you stop drinking this water, you should call us about servicing and flushing your entire water heater and its faucet lines.
Another area of corrosion that may be causing the black specks in your water is within your pipe system itself. This is an issue that can take place regardless of water temperature, and is simply due to older pipes that are wearing down and seeing pieces break off, entering your water stream and dissipating into small specks that you may notice.
When these specks are sourced from the cold side of your faucet, the issue is usually city pipes wearing down. They may be especially prevalent when your water company has instigated a shutoff for repairs, then turns the water back on.
If the pieces are just large enough to tell their material type, which is rubber, you could be dealing with small pieces of rubber gaskets, supply hoses or washers. Rubber is durable, but does break down after many years of contact with both water and disinfectants used on it. You can shut off water to a given faucet while you inspect its rubber components, replacing those that are degrading.
For more on what the black specks in your water mean and are telling you, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical today.