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Old 04-14-2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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my house was built in the 1950s and uses well water. after cleaning for an hour, i noticed a black residue around my finger nails. could this be from the pipes? i think the pipes are copper.

the water that comes out of the tap is clear and i see no sediment build up after letting the water sit in a bowl.

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May want to have your water tested.

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May want to have your water tested.
i had the well water tested back in nov. and it came back fine.
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DO you have an activated charcoal water filter in that line?
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DO you have an activated charcoal water filter in that line?
i don't think i do. could the black residue be from the copper pipes?
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i am seeing very tiny black flecks in my water. where is it coming from???
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Like JoeC suggested, and it sounds to me, that you may have a charcoal filter somewhere. Do you have a reverse osmosis system in your house? How do you treat your well water?
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i just have a water softener. i don't have a charcoal filter as far as i can see. should i call a plumber or a well guy?



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I couldn't see a filter housing of any kind either, so maybe the black flecks/residue is coming from your well. Could be some organic or inorganic substance down in there that's coming up through to your house's pipes. What kind of water tests did you have done on the well? I'm surprised that there was no suggestion of installing a whole house filter on the system. It usually accompanies a softener, is pretty inexpensive, and is excellent insurance in filtering out unwanted debris.
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I see a valve with a hose bib connection at the left end of the piping coming out of the blue tank. Try getting some water from there and see if the black flecks are in the water. If yes, then you just eliminated all of the plumbing after that point.

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I couldn't see a filter housing of any kind either, so maybe the black flecks/residue is coming from your well. Could be some organic or inorganic substance down in there that's coming up through to your house's pipes. What kind of water tests did you have done on the well? I'm surprised that there was no suggestion of installing a whole house filter on the system. It usually accompanies a softener, is pretty inexpensive, and is excellent insurance in filtering out unwanted debris.
the well water test was pretty extensive: lead, nitrate, arsenic, ecoli. could it be the rubber gaskets in the hot water plumbing?

should i call a well guy or a plumber?

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If it was rubber gaskets somewhere in the system, which maintain a seal against water leakage, then you'd have water leaks. Try HRG's suggestion to see if you can't eliminate the house plumbing first.
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i have a feeling that i'm dealing with clear water iron. will an iron curtain filter do the trick?

i've been thinking about ditching the well and pipe in chlorinated city water, but it could get very costly.
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I think I see the problum.
You have steel pipes coming off of your pressure tank connected up to copper pipes.
Get rid of the steel pipes and replace with bronze or copper and the problum should go away.
With steel pipes it's only a matter of time before they leak or plug up inside.
When you have copper and steel in contact you get electrolisis which will corrode the pipes far faster.

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