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We recently moved into a house that was built in 1968. We've noticed that our tap water is often cloudy and black sediment settles to the bottom of our drinking glasses. I've also found sediment in the bath tub. It seems to happen when the water is warm/hot. Our water heater is 14 years old. Is the water heater the most likely cause of the problem?
 
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Could be. Are you on a well or city?


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We are on the city's water system. Thanks for any insight you can provide.
 
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I guess the only thing I can think of is the sacrificial anode in your water heater. Basically it's job is to act as a scapegoat for the corroding elements in your hot water. It attracts the elements to itself so that it doesn't rust other parts of the water heater.

Sometimes on old water heaters they've had about enough and start to disintegrate. 14 years is really pushing it on a water heater anyway. I would consider having a new one installed.


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Thanks for your help Jay!
 
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