Black Specks in Water

When you turn on the faucet and notice there are black specks floating in the water, what do you do?  First, don’t panic and don’t drink the water from that particular faucet. Please know,it’s not uncommon to find black specs in your water on occasion. Let us explain black specks in  water to help alleviate your concerns, identify the causes, and offer solutions to improve your home’s water..

Water Heaters
If you’re experiencing black specks in the hot water and occasional specks in the cold water, the specks are coming from your water heater.  Over time, your water heater will wear down and corrode. The small black specks are pieces of the water heater. Don’t rush out and replace your water heater.  The best solution is to flush the bottom of your water heater and run any faucet lines to and from the water heater. Flushing a water heater is also a good practice because, over time, mineral will settle on the bottom of the heater causing iron staining on your fixtures.  

Corrosion of Piping
If your home has older piping, especially galvanized piping, it is not uncommon to see black specks.  The piping will wear down and enter the water. The only way to rid your water of this nuisance is to replace the current water pipes.  

City Water Repairs
Another source of black specks can be if your water company has temporarily shut off the water for repairs.  When the water is turned back on it will ruffle any loose particles in the pipe causing dirty water. Run the faucets until the water clears.

Rubber Specs
If the blacks specs feel like rubber, it is likely from your appliances.  Small pieces of rubber gaskets, supply hoses, and rubber washers will break down over time, especially when on city water or used with cleaning disinfectants.  The best solution is to turn off the water to the particular faucet and replace the disintegrated rubber parts.  

Sand or Silt
On a private well, a well can pump small amounts of sand or silt into the water.  Installing a whole house sediment pre-filter is best to filter out black specs. The filter will need to be changed periodically and a local water treatment professional can help you install the filter.

Water Filter
Does your home use a water filter?  For instance, a taste and odor filter using activated carbon?  If this is the case, the black carbon is escaping the filter. The black carbon is similar to coffee grounds.  It’s best to replace the filter to see if the black carbon is no longer present.  

If you ever notice black specks in your water, don’t drink the water. First, touch the black specks to determine if they dissolve in your hand, are rubbery, or sand/silt.  Your local water professional will ask you questions regarding black specs so any information you can provide is helpful. You can confidently contact Huemann Water Conditioning in Johnsburg.  We’ve been a family owned local water company for over 55 years and will work with you to find a solution to your situation. Call us today at 815-385-3093.