Clean my well water!!

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by ddeblance, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. ddeblance

    ddeblance New Member

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    Ok, I've been reading on here about filters and softeners and done a little research online, but I'm needing some other opinions on this issue.
    Right not I have the typical build-up on the shower heads and faucet screens. The white stuff that I take vinigar or CLR to....
    But now I've been into the pipe near the tank and I noticed a thin layer of white chaulky stuff laying in the pipe. I flushed my tank, three times, after I made my repairs, but now I'm wondering about what that's doing inside my house. My water heaters 10 years old...... Probably full of that stuff!! Right!!?? So what do I do???

    Recommendations!! Please!!


    -DD
  2. markts30

    markts30 Commercial Plumber

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    If your heater is 10 years old, my recommendation is do nothing...
    Generally you should flush the tank once/year minimum but, after 10 years, chances are the valve at the bottom (drain/flushing valve) will clog, jam or snap off. Right now, if it ain't broke, don't fix it....
    When you do have to replace the heater, at that point ensure your tank gets flushed regularly....
  3. ddeblance

    ddeblance New Member

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    I did flush it a couple of times during the ten years, but now I'm scared to touch the drain valve..lol.. My problem is the WH is in a closet in my utility room in a mobile home.... If I wait for it to fail won't it leak?? What's the normal life on a water heater connected to well water??


    -DD
  4. sammyhydro11

    sammyhydro11 Previous member

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    You need to get a complete water analysis done. That scale that you see is most likely calcium and magnesium depsosits. It will especially build up in the hot water system because of the hardness precipitation when the water is heated. I would suggest that you go to your local water analysis lab and get some sample bottles,instructions on how to take the sample,and submit it to the lab. Once you get the results i would consult with a reputable treatment company on water treatment. You most likely need a good size softening unit.

    SAM
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