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What is in my water?

brandonfbrandonf Member Posts: 59
Noticed this in my toilet tank. It's floating on the surface. I drink tap water so I hope that's not in it.

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  • the_donutthe_donut Member Posts: 369
    New toilet? If so could be oils on metal washers from shipping.
  • brandonfbrandonf Member Posts: 59
    About 6 years old.
  • the_donutthe_donut Member Posts: 369
    Wish my toilet internals looked that good. Done any plumbing recently, change valves, etc...?
  • hot rodhot rod Member Posts: 8,255
    What made you decide to look inside? Anything on the bottom side of the lid that may have dripped in? Looks like a petroleum based floater?

    I suppose a lab could analyze it.

    City water or a well?
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • LeonardLeonard Member Posts: 366
    Looks like tiny bit of oil to me. Maybe tiny spec of oil came off the rod where flush lever goes thru the tank ???
  • brandonfbrandonf Member Posts: 59
    Town well. Looked inside because I heard a trickle of water down the main stack and I wanted to see if the toilet was wasting water.
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 12,118
    I agree, looks like oil on top of the water. Maybe you should have the water analyzed.
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  • hot rodhot rod Member Posts: 8,255
    Sometimes when you remove lids, anything that was stored on top could drip in. Lotion, shampoo, whatever.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • Larry WeingartenLarry Weingarten Member Posts: 1,320
    Try running water from other taps into separate, clean buckets. Once they are still, see if any of that oily slick is visible. If it's only in the toilet, not so much of a problem.

    Yours, Larry
  • Mark EathertonMark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,840
    As Larry said, put water from tap into a separate bucket, and THEN, put one drop of Dawn dish detergent into the middle of the glass. If you see movement, there is most probably some sort of petrochemical in your water. Oil floats on top of water, and Dawn causes it to break up.

    ME
    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • HomerJSmithHomerJSmith Member Posts: 440
    edited April 5
    It is probably contaminated with di-hydrogen oxide.
  • HomerJSmithHomerJSmith Member Posts: 440
    edited April 5
    Are you in an area where there's oil fracking?
  • Mark EathertonMark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,840

    It is probably contaminated with di-hydrogen oxide.

    It's di-hydrogen monoxide. :smile:

    ME
    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 3,059
    It could be left over flux from when some work was done on the water system.
    Toilet tank water does not see a total turnover after each flush and oils will stay on top....as we see in steam boiler installs.
  • psb75psb75 Member Posts: 58
    So clearly, that toilet needs skimming.
  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Member Posts: 4,391
    Seriously, psb75 has a point, you could skim the tank by holding the float down and slowly allowing the top water to run down the overflow tube.
    That would clear the top layer and then you could see if it returns.
  • SuperJSuperJ Member Posts: 207
    JUGHNE said:

    Seriously, psb75 has a point, you could skim the tank by holding the float down and slowly allowing the top water to run down the overflow tube.
    That would clear the top layer and then you could see if it returns.

    :) I thought he making a steam guy joke.
  • the_donutthe_donut Member Posts: 369
    Sorry, no skimming port available on American standards or gerbers. Looks like you’ll have to use a glass cutting drill and make your own. Careful not to break the tank. At least you can pipe skimming to convient throneside drain.
  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Member Posts: 4,391
    Built in skim port via overflow tube on WC tanks.

    Unless you hold handle down until tank is emptied the top 2" of the water level hardly gets disturbed.

    Getting the top level clean and seeing how long it takes to accumulate the same sheen would give you as idea of the concentration.
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