HELP! Why are my modules and pedals breaking?

To be honest: It doesn’t make sense at all to theorize about a possible common cause, as long as you did not analyse the individual faults. Especially the “passes effect at barely audible levels” thing can have a thousand of possible causes (including wrong usage).
So my suggestion is: get your gear repaired by a pro technician and tell him your suspicions about a common cause. Quite likely the technician will be able to tell you the cuases for the damage.

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In the US the power coming from the outlets is very “dirty”. It would be a great idea to get some type of power conditioner to clean up your power coming in and give it some good regulation. I’m glad you posted that because that’s a great idea, I’m going to get a power conditioner just for that reason myself. I had forgotten how bad the power is we get from the power companies.