Dishwasher backflow?

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Old 07-10-03, 08:01 PM
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Dishwasher backflow?

Every few days, the flow of water from the kitchen faucet diminishes, even to the point of stopping. The faucet spray continues to work. The faucet aerator is clogging up with fine, white granules that appear to be like the abrasive from dishwashing powder.

Any ideas for what could be causing this? Is it a backflow from the dishwasher? Any fixes? Thanks.
 
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Old 07-10-03, 08:17 PM
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It isn't or shouldn't be backflow from your dishwasher. In order for that to happen....anyway that's probably not it. It may be gunk from your water heater. Try hooking a garden house up to your waterheater and running it to flush the heater until the water runs clear. It is curious that this only happens in the kitchen, are you haveing a pressure problem?
 
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Old 07-10-03, 08:41 PM
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Take some of the white material and let it set in vinegar for several hours. If it dissolves away, it's calcium deposits. If it doesn't do anything, it's what left of your dip tube in the water heater.

If it's the dip tube, search this site for answers to many question on how to replace them. Not a difficult job with just a few tools.

Hope this helps and good luck...
 
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Old 07-11-03, 06:12 PM
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Originally posted by Ed G
It isn't or shouldn't be backflow from your dishwasher. In order for that to happen....anyway that's probably not it. It may be gunk from your water heater. Try hooking a garden house up to your waterheater and running it to flush the heater until the water runs clear. It is curious that this only happens in the kitchen, are you haveing a pressure problem?
Thanks, much. Will try. Water heater is about 8-9 yrs. old. Probably should have been flushed before. And could have dissolved other things in there. We have hard water. But no pressure problem elsewhere so far.
 
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