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Rust in hotwater
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David    Posted 03-26-2001 at 17:21:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 40 gal. hotwater heater that was 11 years old. I replaced the heater elements a few weeks ago (as well as about 4 times in those 11 years). After I filled the tank back up and purged the lines before turning the power back on, the faucets were clogged up. I took the screens off of the faucets, cleaned out the screens and ran the water. The water ran OK for a while but we still noticed rust coming out of the bath tub faucet and the sink faucets were getting clogged up. I've since replaced the hotwater heater. We are still getting rust particles coming out of the faucets (sinks and bath tubs). The piping is all PVC pipe and we are on a well. The water is pretty hard. Anyone know a solution to this or why this is occurring? Thanks for your help.


IHank    Posted 03-27-2001 at 05:57:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
David- It's been a long time since I tangled with the problem you describe...

Last time around the water softner guy gave me a lesson about iron that is dissolved in the water, and later tends to coagulate back out. There's some kind of bacterial activity involved.

Suggest get to your "Culligan Man", or a water treatment equipment firm that knows your area well. Far as I know it don't get any better than the reverse osmosis system with a charcoal filter in it. Good luck, IHank


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