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 Mold growing in tap water supply?
metroplex  [Team Member]
10/12/2005 8:08:20 AM
My showerhead was clogged up with reddish brown "algae" and it cleaned up with simple green. I also found black algae growing in my sink faucet nozzles.

Why is there mold growing in these places? Is my tap water supply "moldy" ? I do not have a filter for the main water supply. What should I do?
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tc556guy  [Team Member]
10/12/2005 8:27:51 AM
Bathrooms are moldy places to begin with; like any other area of the house, they require regular cleaning. We routinely have to clean shower heads, faucets, etc because of deposits that build up over time if left untreated. You may need a water treatment system.
spectre7  [Member]
10/12/2005 8:33:13 AM

Originally Posted By metroplex:
My showerhead was clogged up with reddish brown "algae" and it cleaned up with simple green. I also found black algae growing in my sink faucet nozzles.

Why is there mold growing in these places? Is my tap water supply "moldy" ? I do not have a filter for the main water supply. What should I do?

My brother had this same problem in his home.It turns out his water had a very high mineral content,which was contributing to the problem.He cured it by installing a water softener.Cost $550
johndel  [Member]
10/12/2005 8:34:18 AM

Originally Posted By metroplex:
My showerhead was clogged up with reddish brown "algae" and it cleaned up with simple green. I also found black algae growing in my sink faucet nozzles.

Why is there mold growing in these places? Is my tap water supply "moldy" ? I do not have a filter for the main water supply. What should I do?



Dude that doesn't sound right at all. Do you use well water or is it treated water via water company?
Admiral_Crunch  [Member]
10/12/2005 8:35:27 AM
Your water heater might be harboring bacteria or mold. What is the temperature of your hot water?
Gator  [Team Member]
10/12/2005 8:37:32 AM
How often are you cleaning?
metroplex  [Team Member]
10/12/2005 8:41:27 AM
It's city water (Detroit City Water but I don't live in Detroit, well north of that place).
The hot water boil is almost 20 years old but pumps out fairly hot water.

The funny thing is, I see LOTS of algae growing everywhere in SE MI. Where I work, there is a lot of water that pools up in the grass area and it smells like the beach in NJ... Parts of the warehouses here have sheets of algae growing if water pools in the area.

That is why I'm wonderng if its something different about SE MI water/air. I rarely if ever saw this in NJ, and the only time rivers and water smelled like the beach was if I was at the beach or an estruary (where fresh water meets salt water).

I bought the shower head sometime last year and only cleaned it this year. I was about to soak the shower head in simple green as if I were cleaning my Glock, but a simple scrubbing seemed to help it out a lot.

Otherwise I clean my sink faucet once every month but the black stuff keeps growing.
tc556guy  [Team Member]
10/12/2005 8:44:10 AM

Originally Posted By metroplex:
The funny thing is, I see LOTS of algae growing everywhere in SE MI. Where I work, there is a lot of water that pools up in the grass area and it smells like the beach in NJ... Parts of the warehouses here have sheets of algae growing if water pools in the area.

That is why I'm wonderng if its something different about SE MI water/air. I rarely if ever saw this in NJ, and the only time rivers and water smelled like the beach was if I was at the beach or an estruary (where fresh water meets salt water).

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The real answer is that your area is being invaded and subjugated by an alien species from outter space via your water supply. Now go back to sleep; the assimilation process is painless.
johndel  [Member]
10/12/2005 9:52:36 AM
I guess my only other suggestion would be to call your water supplier. They may be able to answer your question better than us : ) Good Luck !
Gator  [Team Member]
10/12/2005 9:58:01 AM

Originally Posted By metroplex:

Otherwise I clean my sink faucet once every month but the black stuff keeps growing.



Yuck!

Sumthin going on there, as recommended I'd call a water guy. I'd drink bottled water!
Taffy223  [Team Member]
10/12/2005 10:05:18 AM
Link

I hope this link helps.

Taffy
Admiral_Crunch  [Member]
10/12/2005 10:07:49 AM

Originally Posted By johndel:
I guess my only other suggestion would be to call your water supplier. They may be able to answer your question better than us : ) Good Luck !



+1. Your water company should be able to run a test of your water for you for free or for a small fee.
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