WELCOME , Guest !
Call Us Now At1-888-600-5426
UPSFEDEXFREE SHIPPING OVER $100 (Continental U.S.) Fast Quotes for International Shipments

Top 10 Water Problems Your Toilet Flush Tank Can Tell You

Your toilet flush tank is filled with clean water from your cold water pipes. Unless it is a new toilet, it shows you a history or snapshot in time of your cold water.

The Toilet Tank Inspection List and Answer Sheet for the Top 10 Water Problems Your Toilet Flush Tanks Can Tell You

toilet flush tank, Top-10-problems, Toilet-Flush-Tank, water tests

Clean & White

Unless this is a new toilet, this indicates that your water does have iron, rust or sediment in it.  If you have copper piping, it means that your copper piping is likely not being corroded.  You might still have hard water (high in calcium carbonate minerals) but generally, a clean white flush tank is good and what you want to see.

Clean with Deposits at Bottom of Tank

This means that either the water coming in has rust or sediment in it, or your pipes are adding sediment to the water.  Check and see if you have galvanized iron piping that is corroding.

Rust or Dark-Colored Water

If you are on city water, it might indicate the city’s main distribution pipes have been recently flushed, or just plain bad or poorly treated city water.  If you are on well water, this can indicate you need an iron filter system.

Black Water and Deposits

Typically occurs on well water. Black deposits and black water means either manganese in the cold waterand/or ferric sulfide (black rust). This can also occur when the water has a rotten-egg odor. This can be treated with chlorine.

Slimy Rust-Colored Deposits

This typically occurs on well water. Stringy-looking, slimy deposits growing from the side of the toilet tank indicates iron bacteria. Water may appear frothy or bubbly. Treatment with chlorine or ozone  (Continuous or periodic shock treatment of well and pipes) to kill the bacteria, followed by filtration is needed.

The flush tank holds the clean water that is used to flush the toilet.  It is like having a mini settling storage tank right in your home.

The water that goes into the flush tank is exposed to air and may leave sediment, rust, and corrosion by-products from the pipes (if there is any in your plumbing).

If you are on well water it might also show iron or sulfur bacteria deposits, which show up as frothy water with bubbles and stringy deposits on the sides of the flush box.

Just pull off the flush tank lid and look in! Unless the toilet is brand new you can see what the cold clean water has been depositing, after it flows through the household plumbing.

Often the source water as it comes from the ground, or if you are on city water, from the treatment plant, is good quality.  However, the distribution system (the piping, valves,and tanks that make up the water system) are old or contaminated.  It is not unusual for the water distribution system to contaminate the water and put deposits and sediment in the water.

By looking into your flush tanks in your home you can get some indication of what is happening.

If the tank is white and clean, then it can be a good indication your pipes are in good condition and your water is relatively clean.

The Top 10 Water Problems and their Symptoms Found in Toilet Flush Tanks

  1. Calcium hardness, total dissolved solids
  2. Rust from decaying corroded galvanized pipes; sand or sediment from city or well water
  3. Copper corrosion from acidic (low pH) water
  4. Iron in well or city water
  5. Iron and other bacteria
  6. Sulfur (or other) bacteria
  7. Iron bacteria
  8. Iron and /or manganese
  9. Iron and/or manganese; Ferric sulfide (black rust)
  10. Airborne bacteria

water tests,Top-10-water problems, Toilet-Flush-Tank, water tests

Clean & White

Unless this is a new toilet, this indicates that your water does have iron, rust or sediment in it.  If you have copper piping, it means that your copper piping is likely not being corroded.  You might still have hard water (high in calcium carbonate minerals) but generally, a clean white flush tank is good and what you want to see.

Clean with Deposits at Bottom of Tank

This means that either the water coming in has rust or sediment in it, or your pipes are adding sediment to the water.  Check and see if you have galvanized iron piping that is corroding.

Rust or Dark-Colored Water

If you are on city water, it might indicate the city’s main distribution pipes have been recently flushed, or just plain bad or poorly treated city water.  If you are on well water, this can indicate you need an iron filter system.

Black Water and Deposits

Typically occurs on well water. Black deposits and black water means either manganese in the cold water and/or ferric sulfide (black rust). This can also occur when the water has a rotten-egg odor. This can be treated with chlorine.

Slimy Rust-Colored Deposits

This typically occurs on well water. Stringy-looking, slimy deposits growing from the side of the toilet tank indicates iron bacteria. Water may appear frothy or bubbly. Treatment with chlorine or ozone  (Continuous or periodic shock treatment of well and pipes) to kill the bacteria, followed by filtration is needed.

Please refer to the chart below to see the symptoms and the top 10 water problems that they reveal:

Top 10 water problems, Toilet flush tank, water tests

Here is another article that teaches how to test for contaminants.

You can also download the ebook The Complete Guide to Iron Treatment to know how to remove or reduce the iron levels in your well water.

print

Share Button
Print Friendly

Comments are closed.

  • Clean Water Systems & Stores, Inc., Water Treatment Equipment,Service & Supplies, Santa Cruz, CA