Black slime from taps

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  1. boatmad

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    I have a problem with black slime coming out of the cold water taps and shower in the bathroom. I believe the cold water taps and shower are fed from the rising main. Can anyone please tell me how I get rid of this.

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  2. Softus

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    Are you sure this slime is coming from mains-fed taps?

    It sounds much more likely that your stored water is contaminated.

    Have you lived in this house for very long?

    Do you have a cold storage cistern (aka tank) in the loft?
     
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    We have lived here for 16 years system new then. Pretty sure it is mains fed as to isolate the cold water all I need to do is shut off the stop cock under the sink.
     
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    I think we've had this before (do a search?). As I recall the slime (fungus?) develops outside of the tap in damp environments. If the taps drip or leak slightly this might produce a good breeding environment. A good cleaning with bleach should help.
     
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    The slime seems to come out of the tap, it seems to cling onto the tap outlet and is removed with a nail brush. Forgot to mention in last reply that we do have a cold water storage tank in the roof void but this seems to only feed the Hot Water cylinder.
     
  6. Nige F

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    Live in Amityville :?: :evil: :p
     

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