Dark gray water...!

CEFreemanMarch 11, 2013

Hi all!

Suddenly my water is gray. Dark, shadowed gray. Not sediment, because nothing settles.

I'm on a deep water well with a whole house filter and water softener. Both are working properly and new/full.
3 years ago my neighbor had to have a new well dug. I am fearful that might be my problem, although I'm not experiencing any difference in water pressure.

A search here and broader methods don't come up with anything that makes sense.

I was hoping someone might have information on possibilities?

Thank you so much,
Christine

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Sophie Wheeler

Christine, do you have galvanized plumbing?

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 12:07AM
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CEFreeman

No, I don't.
From the well into the house it's the old copper, then inside the house it's new copper.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 10:19AM
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aliceinwonderland_id

What is the whole house filter?

Has the pH of your water changed, by chance?

Any spikes in pressure that you know of ?

Can you get samples of the water before the filter, between the filter and softener and after the softener? Do they look different?

This post was edited by aliceinwonderland_id on Tue, Mar 12, 13 at 10:23

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 10:22AM
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CEFreeman

Whole House Filter.

pH: Not that I"m aware of, but I don't know how to test it.
As far as those samples, I think I could, but I'll have to wait a bit until I can clean the garage out to get to it. After the softener would be the water I'm looking at already.

I'll have to live with black water until next week when I can get time from work and get to the softener.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 11:43AM
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aliceinwonderland_id

Your link isn't working. Is it a sediment filter? Carbon filter? Cartridge? Tank?

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 11:50AM
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CEFreeman

Huh.
Trying another way...

Cartridge, and a sediment filter that's also supposed to take out small particulates.

Here is a link that might be useful: Campbell Manufacturing Whole House Filter

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 1:05PM
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aliceinwonderland_id

You can purchase pH test strips at a box store, like Home Depot or anyplace that sells hot tubs.

When was the last time you changed the cartridge for your filter?

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 5:51PM
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CEFreeman

I didn't know that. I'll try Thursday.

I changed the filter in late December.
After 6.5 years of not changing it. With water just fine.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 11:18PM
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aliceinwonderland_id

Oh, my! 6.5 years. While I don't believe that is the root of your current problem, those filters should be changed every 6 months. They become breeding grounds for bacteria. Not to mention, after such a long period of time the filter is unlikely to have been doing its job.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 11:38PM
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CEFreeman

Yeah, I know.
Couldn't get the top off and was afraid I'd crack the copper piping.
It's changed now.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 11:50PM
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aliceinwonderland_id

There are a few possibilities here, either of which involve a well expert. You could be getting an influx of surface water if your well is not sealed. You could have a problem with your pump. You could have a problem with your well casing. You could have a problem with your underground piping. While a shallow well can be pulled by a homeowner, I wouldn't suggest it with your well. Start by calling the folks that installed the well - there should be a sticker in your pump house.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 2:39PM
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