Brownish globules from water heater

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by Benwes, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Benwes

    Benwes New Member

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    When I blowdown the water heater I have been getting brownish globules that come out like some larger chunk was in the tank. I poured some bleach on the stuff in a bucket and no reaction. When I put Iron Out on it it bubbles and eventually turns close to white. I have a filter before the water softener so it is not sediment from the well. I have about 2 ppm clear water iron and 30 GPG hardness. I just chlorinated the well and water heater and it made no difference. This is my 2nd water heater. The last one didn't do this. Any ideas?

    Thanks
  2. shacko

    shacko Master Plumber-Gas Fitter

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    How old is the water heater? has it ever been flushed out?. Try flushing it, you have to turn it off, if electric throw the breaker, if gas put the control on pilot put a hose on the drain valve on the bottom of the heater, turn cold valve back on and run the water until it is clear. If this dosen't help we will have to think of something else.
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  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    How large are these globules? If they look like golden sand, and feel "slippery", then you have a defective softener and MUST place it into "bypass" position immediately.
  4. Benwes

    Benwes New Member

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    The water heater is 4 to 5 years old. I flush it into a 5 gallon bucket several times a week. I drained and refilled last week. My last softener failed and I know what that looks like in a water heater. It's not the same. It's not resin.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    "Several times a week"? Most people don't do it several times in a lifetime. I would be curious what they look like, especially if they can regenerate that quickly.
  6. shacko

    shacko Master Plumber-Gas Fitter

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    Flushing into a bucket is not flushing, you have to put a hose on the drain down valve at the bottom of the heater and run water thru it until it runs clear
  7. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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  8. Benwes

    Benwes New Member

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    When said I flush into a bucket it is with a hose. Since on a well it flushes best when the system is at its highest pressure. Not enough force at lower pressures so a diminishing return. The stuff is not magnetic. What does a magnesium anode degrade to in soft water with a ph of 6.8?

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