The Tank Sediment

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    Just bought a 16 year old house with copper pipes. It has a 6 year old GE Water Heater with a just expired warranty a month or two ago.

    Been getting black sooty/oily sediment out of tub spigots when turned on full blast for a few months. Thought it was a filter problem at first but couldn’t find any filtering system. It started coming out of the bathroom spigots when they were turned on full blast too. Talked to a plumber who has no idea what it is but says to replace the water heater though he can’t imagine it coming from the water heater. Is this a copper pipe problem, a city water problem or is it simply time to replace the water heater?

    Thanks for any help anyone can offer on this one!


    Randy Schuyler

    Check the connections between the water heater and piping to see if they are braided stainless steel flex. Those have a rubber lining that sometimes degrades to cause this problem. Another possibility is the anode rod. You shouldn’t have to replace the heater, though.

    Randy Schuyler

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