06:26PM | 01/10/03
Member Since: 11/07/02
9 lifetime posts
For months now I have cleaned white plastic looking particles out of my faucets. Someone told me it was mineral deposits built up in my water heater and breaking loose. I drained it and it had a lot of this stuff in it. After draining it I thought the problem was over, but my faucets are still clogging up with this stuff. I have never seen inside a water heater, could this be something like the insulation or something thats coming apart inside? Is there a way to flush it out or should I buy a new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Brian Wood

06:06PM | 01/12/03
This is definitely a deteriorating dip-tube on the cold water inlet.

Call the plumber who installed it, and take it from there. You may have a recall, reimbursement situation.

Good luck.



06:32AM | 01/13/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
One way to be certain it's related to the hot water only is to clean out the faucet, run some cold water with the aerator removed, then replace the aerator and run some more cold water.
Any white stuff?
If not, then it's definitely hot water related only.


09:05AM | 01/13/03
Member Since: 01/12/03
2 lifetime posts
I had the same problem years ago. The particles were lodging in my shower head and causing problems.

I was also told maybe it was mineral deposits. After (a most likely unnecessary) pressure valve replacement --- the problem did not go away.

After I sold the house --- months later --- I read an article about defective components in the water heater itself. I am convinced that was my problem --- but way too late for me. I agree with previous post about a deteriorating component and his comment regarding reimbursement situation was right on with the article I read. Good luck.


09:58AM | 01/04/15
We had a situation where the element seemed to not be working on he bottom of a 40 Gallon water tank. When we drained the tank, this is what came out and it seemed to hinder the flow of the water when we flushed the tank. When you look at it you can see that some of it looks like a gel formation and other parts looked like white stone particles. When you rub the stone it broke up and was like a chalky powdery white substance. It had no smell to it. there was some clear gel looking substance in side it to.
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