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redtol
All three Toilet Tanks have dirt residue in bottom, is this a health issue
redtol

We are buying a house and our home inspector noted that all three toilet tanks have residue in the bottom that looks like dirt and the bowls are stained... what would cause this and is it a health concern??

HoustonRemodeler
Re: All three Toilet Tanks have dirt residue in bottom, is this a health issue
HoustonRemodeler

Sounds to me as there is dirt getting into the system. This can happen a variety of ways;

1- A well that is pumping dirty water
2- Non functioning or non existent filtration
3- City water where there is water main breaks or frequent construction.
4- Poor city water quality
5- The dirt has been collecting for a very long time. Look in the neighbors tanks. Talk to them.

My house sports a 10 micron filter for reasons 3 & 4. The filter gets swapped out every six months.

dj1
Re: All three Toilet Tanks have dirt residue in bottom, is this a health issue
dj1

This is pretty common.

Follow HOUSTON's advice and check with your neighbors, if they are on the same water source.

Is there a filtration system of some sort in the house?

Fencepost
Re: All three Toilet Tanks have dirt residue in bottom, is this a health issue
Fencepost

It's only a health concern if you drink out of the toilet. :cool:

Are you on a municipal or community water system, or do you have your own well?

If you don't have your own well, talk to your neighbors and find out if they have the same problem; this will help you identify whether the problem is in the whole system or just between the water main and your house. You might want to talk to your water provider, as well.

If you are on a private well, contact a good water testing laboratory to ensure the safety of your water supply. Your local health department should be able to give you a list of local labs.

In my case, I am on a private well with a high concentration of iron-bearing sediment. Like Houston, I too have a 10-micron water filter, but in my case I have to change it every 3 weeks! (I had the water tested and it was safe.) When I bought my house, I would frequently get reddish brown water out of the faucets. One of my first home improvements was to install a water filter. It took nearly a year for all of the residual sediment in the pipes to wash out!

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