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Title: Water Tank - Black Gunk appearing at bottom of tank
Post by: jandal on November 21, 2010, 12:02:12 PM
Hi

Just noticed some black 'gunk' at the bottom of my hot water tank (image attached) - anyone know what's causing it, what I need to do, est cost to fix?

Many thanks
Jay

The tank is 180 lt
Rheem model 312.180.15
Date of manufacture 22/09/2003

Has been in use for 7 years.

Title: Re: Water Tank - Black Gunk appearing at bottom of tank
Post by: chilly on November 21, 2010, 03:53:03 PM
Hi my advice would be to check the water quality for ph and if required fit filtration or softner system to correct what looks like a corrosion problem good luck
Title: Re: Water Tank - Black Gunk appearing at bottom of tank
Post by: jandal on November 21, 2010, 05:15:04 PM

We're in an apartment building, can we take softening measures locally or is it a building issue?

What do we need to do to fix this issue? Is it a replacement part?


Thanks
Title: Re: Water Tank - Black Gunk appearing at bottom of tank
Post by: Plumber on November 21, 2010, 06:30:53 PM
Have you checked all connections to make sure its all dry and nothing is leaking?

Plumber
Title: Re: Water Tank - Black Gunk appearing at bottom of tank
Post by: jandal on November 21, 2010, 06:33:46 PM
I can't see anything leaking (but obviously something must be leaking somewhere) - maybe I should ring a plumber tomorrow?
Title: Re: Water Tank - Black Gunk appearing at bottom of tank
Post by: Plumber on November 21, 2010, 07:19:29 PM
Yes, i think that's a good idea. No point guessing and experimenting as there could different reasons causing what i can identify as electrolysis.

Plumber