Particles in Water
Posted by Tamimd on March 04, 2004 at 20:57:02:
Hello. When I fill the bath tub, I notice black fleck-like particles in the water. The particles do not disintegrate when rubbed between my fingers, but a knife can cut them. They are in the sink filters too. We are on community water lines, not on a well. The plumber said that they are most likely caused by a disintegrating anode rod. He recommended that I have the hot water heater replaced. The hot water heater is a Rheem built in 1991.
I was skeptical because of the plumber's diagnosis because he did not check the rod; and everything I have read about disintergrating anode rods mentions a sulfur smell, not black particles.

Can you please identify the problem with our water? Thank you!!

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