In recent weeks we have experienced small white particles in our hot water, to the point that the kitchen faucet and shower heads become clogged. Here, in Littleton CO, we enjoy naturally soft water courtesy of mountain lake water supply. The neighbors are not having problems either. So water hardness is not the problem.
The water heater then comes into question. Specificly, the dip tube which I'm told can corrode and cause particles in the water. Questions: Will draining the water tank take care of my problem? If so does it need to be completely drained? If the trouble is related to the dip tube can it be replaced? If so how? Or is it new water heater time, it seems to be about seven years old.
Draining the water heater will cost you nothing but a little time and trouble. It's worth trying it. If that doesn't work, you'll probably need a new one.
The sediment in your hot water is definetly the dip tube. It needs replaced immediately and the tank needs drained throughly. We had this problem and did what I just said and a year later we still have sediment problems in some faucets. I contacted the manufacturer and there is impending litigation in the form of a class action law suit. Godd luck, it has been a royal pain for us.
First of all, a mountain lake is not " soft water". I lived in Colorado for awhile and had to install a water softener. Second, Get a new water heater and ascertain that the installer installs die-electric unions where the pipes connect to the appliance. The reason for the die-electric unions is that when two different metals contact, there is corrosion through an electro-chemical reaction. I.E dissimiliar metals. Believe it or not, but that is the white corrosion one usually sees where the lines connect to the heater. Good Luck
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