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Why Did My Telephone Lose Dial Tone?

I had no dial tone. When I checked the phone jack it was filled with a rubbery substance where phone clicks in and behind it inside the box. Is this common….

One of the Causes of Lost Telephone Dial Tone
Background: Ginny, a Homeowner from Rockville Centre NY
Question: I had no dial tone. When I checked the phone jack it was filled with a rubbery substance where phone clicks in and behind it inside the “box”. Is this common? Should I be worried this might cause a fire? I have contacted the phone company and I was told not to worry, but I wanted another opinion.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Ginny. Part of the reason for this is due to environmental conditions in the room, inside the wall and electrolysis.

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2 Responses to “Why Did My Telephone Lose Dial Tone?”
  1. t. sloan says:

    The rubbery substance is silicone. It was put there for a purpose. It keeps dirt and moisture from entering the jack when not in use, this is like an industrial grade phone jack. You lost dial tone for another reason, but not because of this.

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