I'm driven a bit demented by this problem. I have had the rising main
checked for leakage, and was told there wasn't one by a leak detector,
and he was fairly adamant about it. The neighbours don't seem to have
this problem, but it is ruining our water quality inside the house.
Basically, in every glass of water you pour from the mains kitchen
tap, it contains some small dark particles. I know these are soil
particles, as every few months I have to clean out the attic tank of
settled mud when it accumulates. Showering is always bad, and makes
your skin feel horrible, its like you can feel the soil contained in
the water drying your skin...
The house I live in is 30 years old, black plastic rising main. I
notice that when I run the water right through the system very
quickly, it is much better. I've tried everything, even whole house
water filters, which were a complete disaster. The water took a brief
turn for the better though when the aforementioned leak detector guy
was here and turned off the outside stopcock briefly, and then back on
again... for the next few days the water felt so much nicer, and
looked cleaner. Could soil be pulled in from the outside stopcock
somehow? I checked it the other day and its completely covered in dirt
and other crap, but I don't know if this is a real possibility.
The county council just keep telling me, "Oh yeah, if there is
building or roadworks going on near you, then some sediment can flow
into the water.." When I tell them its been going on for years, they
haven't a clue, no help whatsoever... Can anyone offer enlightenment/