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Old 11-06-11, 01:41 AM
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Black gunk in drain

For the past couple months I would notice this black stuff appearing around the drain in the sink in my bathroom (in an apartment complex.)

I'd clean it up with a Clorox antibacterial wipe and a few weeks later it would start coming back.

The water would make this slow glug glug sound when going down the drain, like it was getting plugged up.

Last night I pulled the drain plug up and black gunk was coated on it.

Some research online suggested it was just black gunk from soap/hair/etc. Some people suggested professional chemicals such as Zap to just standard hot water and baking soda.

The hot water and baking soda idea seemed to work well, and I scrubbed the inside of the drain with an old toothbrush. And water went down the drain just fine.

But I talked to a co-worker of mine who was a maintenance man at an apartment complex about it and he said it's black mold and I can't get rid of it. So do I need to be worried it was more than just black build up gunk of some sort?

I've lived in this apartment complex since 97. I moved from a one bedroom to a two bedroom about 18 months ago. I never had this problem in the one bedroom unit. Also, the toilet in the two bedroom gets clogged up rather easily, without having to flush much down (a standard waste drop and a couple average sized crumples of toilet paper is about all it can handle. One more crumple of toilet paper and it gets clogged up. Again, never had this problem in the one bedroom.) So now I am wondering...is black mold in the pipes causing the toilet to back up at times as well?

I reported it to management today and the manager said she'd ask the maintenance guys about it, which is basically blowing me off IMHO. Not sure how worried I should be about this or what I should do as a follow up.
Old 11-06-11, 04:58 AM
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Re: Black gunk in drain

Do your drains tend to drain slowly everywhere, or is it just the toilet?

It does seem like there is drainage problems, my first guess is that the vent that leads to the roof is covered/clogged somehow. Or the other possibility would be a clog somewhere else, that may or may not be affecting only your apartment.


As for the mold. I guess it's possible, but in order for it to grow, it needs to be wet pretty much constantly. In the mean time, BLEACH it out frequently, as you don't need to breathe that crap.
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Re: Black gunk in drain

I wouldn't do anything. You're only pissing him off.

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Re: Black gunk in drain

in addition to hot water and baking soda, try adding vinegar to the baking soda. i put it down overnight and then near boiling water down drain in morn.

I don't think mold is gunky, i think it is either soap sludge or a Leviathan from Supernatural.

As far as the commode, i just use a bucket of water from the tub to aid the flushing and keep things moving down the drain.
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Re: Black gunk in drain

sounds like drain sludge. needs to be snaked.
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Re: Black gunk in drain

It's common.

Get something you can go down in the drain and clean with. Brushes for wind instruments are really handy for the task. Trumpet and sax brushes and the like, similar stuff like that.

Also 'pro' strength Liquid Plumr gel ever so often.
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Re: Black gunk in drain

Beware of the Blob, it sneaks and leaks and glides and slides across the floor and through the door and all around the walls ...
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Re: Black gunk in drain

Sounds like this episode of BTR:

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Re: Black gunk in drain

It is Drain Sludge..and it stinks to holy hell.
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Re: Black gunk in drain

Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
It is Drain Sludge..and it stinks to holy hell.
It is what tonsil stones are made from.

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