Sediment from water heater?

Old 02-05-12, 08:27 AM
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Sediment from water heater?

Hi Everyone,

My wife and I just finished a complete remodel on our home including all new copper piping. A few months after we finished,
the older water heater started leaking so we bought a new
50-gal Whirlpool gas unit. At that point we started noticing
that our faucets were being plugged by some sort of
sediment. I drained the WH through a mesh and collected
about 3 tablespoons of this stuff. It's white/blue and is
water-soluable. It does not have any taste. There does not
appear to be any of this crud in the cold water.

I am not sure if it makes a difference but we have an older
water softener and gravity-fed recirculation system and
everything was installed by yours truly.

Any ideas on what this stuff is? Our water is pretty hard
but we have the softener on the water main coming into
the house and the softener appears to be working fine.

Old 02-05-12, 09:30 AM
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Its from the anode rod from the old heater. It will come out of the lines eventually Probably will need to clean the aerators often.

Probably should of change the heater when you did the pipes. Or should of back flushed the hot line back to the old heater when that heater was being drained for replacement.

Mike NJ

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