Brown slime in hot water tank in loft

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gices 21 Aug 2011
I went in the attic to have a look at the cold and hot water tanks and noticed that the hot water tank had some brown slime at the bottom and along the sides. It looks like like a gooey paste and it makes me feel sick that this dirty water is being fed in my hot water cylinder (not that I drink from the hot water tap but it just feels disgusting).

Now I don't have a lid for the hot water tank in the loft but I have covered it with a plastic sheet to stop dust and other things from getting into it. What is that brown slime thing and how to get rid of it?

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Peaches 23 Aug 2011
I'm not sure what it is but I know that its not good and the tank will need to be drained every now and then to be cleaned. This is one of the reasons why people should not drink tap water people don't realise that the tank gets dirty and the pipes are filthy.