particulate problems


Old 07-07-01, 11:52 AM
Antony W. Serio
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I am having a problem with particulates cloging the cold water inlet on my washing machine. There is a screen filter on the inlet, and it clogs so bad that water will not flow after washing only one load with cold water. Right now, I have a jerry rigged 'washer filter' before the inlet that I can remove and clean between loads (I have to clean the built in filter on the machine), but I am looking for a more permanent solution. I know have iron in my water, but I do not have hard water problems, and the washing machine is the only place that I am having particulate problems. I did have a ceramic filter on my sink for a while, but it clogged up (with iron?) after only a week of use, so I removed it. Any advice as to a more permanent solution would be helpful.
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Old 07-07-01, 04:08 PM
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If galvanized pipes replaceing them all will and should slove the problem
Old 07-07-01, 07:05 PM
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There are no galvanized pipes, all copper or plastic. The house was built in '72. The problem may be caused by the well or the pump. I have no idea how old the pump is, and I do not know if the pump is supposed to have a particulate filter or not.
Old 07-12-01, 11:04 AM
Antony W. Serio
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Could this problem be caused by my pressure tank? I know it is not new, but I don't know how old it is. As I said before, all of the pipes in my house are either copper or plastic. I do not know how old the well pump is either. The filter screen is a jerry-rigged solution and I would like to solve the problem permanently.

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