calcium pieces in shower diverter valve


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Old 09-27-08, 01:55 PM
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I have to keep taking my shower diverter valve apart due to calcium? pieces clogging up the hot water side of my shower ultimately leaving me with little or no water flow at all. Why only the hot water side? and is there a solution to keep this from happening in the future? thanks.
 
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Old 09-27-08, 02:25 PM
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Are you sure it is calcium/minerals? I think you can drop the pieces in warm vinegar to see if they dissolve to find out.

How old is the water heater? You could have an issue there.
The plastic dip tube in the water heater could be bad. Only problem is in the shower? No bits in the sink aerators?
 
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I don't know what or where plastic dip tube is. water heater is over 5 years but i don't know beyond that. most build up is in shower only on hot water side. only once in awhile in the kitchen aerator screen. bathroom shower is furthest awaw from water heater.
 
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Early 90's was the issue with the dip tubes between all 3 water heater mfgs.


If you're not draining your water heater annually, this is part of the reason for problems with calcium buildup on the hot water side of your plumbing.
 
 

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