Drain slime identification

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Old 12-09-18, 12:21 AM
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Question Drain slime identification

So the AC drainline backed up and tripped the shutoff switch right? This is what came out when shop vac was applied to the far end of the pipe.


What could it be?


I mean it looks like slime or substantial algae growth but this is a first for me in 30+ years of Florida. What in hades is that junk? Anyone want to take a shot? It has me genuinely/disgustedly curious.
 
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Old 12-09-18, 03:33 AM
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Looks quite normal to me.
Drain slime can take many shapes and colors depending on the make up of what is being drained and it's temperature.
Ice machines that drain cooler water tend to have similar in its drain lines, sometimes colored light pink.
Walk-in cooler drains are also similar, the color varying with what might be in the cooler.
What exactly is yours made up of ???
Try an identification chart for jelly-like mold/fungus.
 
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Woot, my layman's guess was actually correct.

I was just taken aback by the light color of it. Thought it would look.. grimier perhaps? Thanks for the confirmation. Now I know my average AC drain clogging slime if I ever see it again. ^_^
 
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Old 12-12-18, 07:15 AM
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A vacuum to the drain line is considered preventive maintenance in FL. Some never have to be done, some every few months.

Some only do it when the line backs up.
 
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