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Old 01-08-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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The water in my apt. comes out brown when you first turn it on in the shower.

The kitchen sink water stinks and the other day I placed some into a bowl and let it sit over night. There were a lot of brown flakes (the size of pepper flakes on a pizza) dispersed throughout the water.

What am I to do?

When I contacted maint. I was told a lot of apt. units have it and that there was nothing they could do about it. Then I was told it was perfectly safe.

Safe or not, I don't want that and I highly doubt it is safe.

He could not tell me what it was and then further tells me it is a con edison problem. Con Edison? Really? Don't they handle electricity?
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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Contact the Department of Buildings and the Department of Environmental Protection. Brown flakes...no bueno!! You should also check that building to see if it has any violations.

Department of Buildings - Contact the Buildings Department

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Old 01-09-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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Unscrew the aerator in the kichen sink. Then turn on the both faucets full blast for 15 minutes (have a rag for splahing.) Do the same in the bathroom and then the bathtub. Perhaps you can blow out the particles.

The larger ones are probably from pipe corrosion in the building, especially if the plumbing is old.

Nothing to lose with this simple technique and it will work or it won't.

Finale: clean the aerators well before you replace them...a pin helps, or just replace them, they are cheap at a dollar store.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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While we're at it (not to hijack the thread or anything, just don't wanna create an entirely new one) can we address whether 1st degree burns while showering is considered normal? I understand in older buildings that water temperature will fluctuate, but in my building it goes from normal to scalding hot with no warning. I have welts all over my body from the extremely hot blasts of water.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:02 AM
 
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ok, i will report this, but i want to do this the right way. where can i get the water tested first?

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Old 01-10-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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