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 Sand/grit appearing in water heater screen?
Author: djmano (CA)


Recently our hot water stopped working. We called a plumber and he removed a small plastic circular cap that houses a small cylindrical screen to catch foreign particles. It was clogged with a bunch of small copper colored particles and small black particles that look like some type of sand/grit. He told us it was the media from our water softener and that the distributor tube was probably ruptured in the softener.

We called our water softener tech and he checked the tube, it was fine. To conduct a controlled test, I bypassed the water softener for a week and checked the screen. There is still some of that sand/grit getting stuck in the screen. I have linked images to the particles below. What do you guys think it is? Thanks in advance for your time.


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 Re: Sand/grit appearing in water heater screen?
Author: Backyard plumber (OK)

I cant really get a hold on what yr trying explaining. Sounds like you need a home filter on your main cold line when it comes inside your house. It sounds like your on a well. But i may be wrong. A whole home filter is around $40. Cheap try u can put on your self.

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