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I am having these black flecks of what appear to be plastic in my sinks, toilets and washer

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Your water utility company fitting new pipes or cutting them for repairs. Phone them and ask. Keep a sample.

Posted on Jan 04, 2022

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  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2022

    No, it’s been going on for a long time. Had my plumber check my supply lines, but they aren’t deteriorating. It’s not the water heater because it happens in toilets too. It builds up in the gasket of my pop up drain and is even in my washing machine tub.

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2022

    Here’s what it looks like if you try to squash it.

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    ADMIN Canada Jan 04, 2022

    Great pictures. That looks like rust flakes from an old cast iron pipe. That will soon block up your washing machine filter strainer!

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2022

    Not rust flakes. I know it’s hard to tell, but it’s definitely rubbery. I just don’t know where it’s coming from. My plumber was no help. None of my neighbors have this problem so I don’t think it’s the city water line. Our house was built in 2000 so it’s not an old house.

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2022

    This is the pop up drain in the bathroom sink. It builds up to the point that the drain won’t release.

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2022

    This is what comes fro under the gasket.



  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2022

    I’m about to lose my mind. The toilets get this dark black buildup at the water line too.

  • ADMIN Canada
    ADMIN Canada Jan 05, 2022

    Yuk, that is GRIM! Call your water board. You pay them for clean water, they are the experts. They will diagnose for free and they can do microscopic and bacterial testing..

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