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abarnes

06:55PM | 09/23/04
Member Since: 09/22/04
2 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I've got a greenish-brown grainy substance clogging screens on faucets and also settling in the tanks of toilets. Also in the water heater. I unpugged my water softener several years ago but didn't bypass it. Water from an outside faucet looks clean but it doesn't go through the softener - all the rest of the water in the house does go through the softener and it's disgusting. What is going on with the softener. I can set the bypass and clean everything up - not sure how I'm going to do the water heater though - but any ideas what the problem is? Thanks.

Gary Slusser

06:24AM | 09/28/04
Member Since: 02/17/04
112 lifetime posts
Unplugging a softener or filter and allowing water t oflow through it for years allows bacteria growth in the resin or mineral. By-pass the unit and your problem should go away if you dont have a bacteria problem in the plumbing. You do if there is an odor in the water after by-passing the softener.

Gary

Quality Water Associates

Gary Slusser

06:29AM | 09/28/04
Member Since: 02/17/04
112 lifetime posts
Sorry, I forgot the material blocking your aerator screens. It very easily could be resin due to a broken distributor tube or bottom basket. Especially if hot water has been allowed to get into the softener because of a short distance from a water heater.

Gary

Quality Water Associates

LonnythePlumber

07:11AM | 09/28/04
Hi Gary, Glad to read ya!.

Gary Slusser

07:55PM | 09/30/04
Member Since: 02/17/04
112 lifetime posts
Hi Lonny, thanks. Nice to see ya.

abarnes

04:12PM | 10/01/04
Member Since: 09/22/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks, Gary. I've got everything cleaned up except the water softener - got it bypassed now.
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