white deposits in faucets


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Old 04-30-06, 05:39 PM
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white deposits in faucets

The last month my water pressure has been dropping. Every week I am cleaning out my faucets and finding white deposits (about the size of salt grains) in the screens. It happens every week and I even had to replace my shower head (couldnt take it apart to clean inside). Any idea what this might be??? Lived here three years with no problems. Thanks.
 
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Old 04-30-06, 05:49 PM
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mexican163,

Are any neighbors experiencing the same thing?

Have you had any plumbing work done recently?

How old is your water heater? Gas or Electric?

Possibly the dip tube is failing within the water heater.

Are you running out of hot water more frequently than before?

I'm sure others will respond, just thought I'd ask preliminary questions to help.
 
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Old 04-30-06, 06:16 PM
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Just as Doug suggested, what anomolies are you experiencing that you didn't experience a month ago. My bet is on the Zinc anode in the water heater. Once it deteriorates, it puts off white crytalline particles similar to what you are describing. Of course hard water with lime deposits breaking off in the pipes is a possibility, too. Post back with answers to Doug's questions and someone will take the ball and run.
 
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Could be the dip tube if your water heater is in the 10 year old range. Could be calcium deposits also. Put some of the particles in a spoon with vinegar and see if it melts. If so, it's calcium. How often do you drain and flush your water heater? Should be done at least once a year. Good luck.
 
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Old 04-30-06, 09:55 PM
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The white flecks could very well be the diptube from a mid-90s water heater. Google:

"water heater" AND diptube

for more info.
 
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Originally Posted by Doug Aleshire
mexican163,

Are any neighbors experiencing the same thing?

NO

Have you had any plumbing work done recently?

NO

How old is your water heater? Gas or Electric?

GAS. 13 YEARS OLD

Possibly the dip tube is failing within the water heater.

Are you running out of hot water more frequently than before?

WIFE SAYS YES. (I ONLY SHOWER FOR 37 SECONDS)

I'm sure others will respond, just thought I'd ask preliminary questions to help. THANKS.
Thanks guys. I havent drained the water heater. I was told that because of its age when I bought the house that it could do more harm than good to drain if hadnt been done before. I will try the vinegar thing and post back tomorrow.
 
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That's one way to keep you from finding out the truth about the water heater. "Don't drain it" You might find gunk and white stuff in it. If it is 13 years old, it may be close to its life span anyway. Let us know how the draining goes, as well as the vinegar test.
 
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Old 05-02-06, 04:02 AM
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good wh?

What is a good thing to look for in a water heater?? Mine is 17 yrs old (just saw the 1989 sticker) and the vinegar trick and your suggestions make me believe it is time for new. It is 40 gal now. Thanks for all your help.

p.s. I will probably have my hvac guy install a new one.
 
 

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