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Old 07-27-2016, 07:39 PM   #1
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Hot water heater-white plastic particles

When draining the hot water heater, I have a lot (and I mean a lot) of white stuff draining with the water. They look like piece of white plastic, but the minute you pick one up they dissolve into nothing.
Most that come out, when they hit the asphalt they just shatter into hundreds of other particles.

Is this an inner lining that is dissolving?
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:51 PM   #2
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mineral deposits in water heater. Need to change anode rod and flush tank out while rod is out.
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:09 AM   #3
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Anode is almost new. Been flushing, but this stuff is flat, which is what makes me wonder what it is.
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:17 AM   #4
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Calcium or other mineral deposits . The amount will vary with the quality of the water. If you are getting a lot, I would drain after ever 1 or 2 trips.
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:22 AM   #5
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The Real RV name of this "Stuff" is White Crap or Crud" I have never see a A-Rod removed after Some use that did not have "Crap or Crud" flow out also! Youroo!!
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:34 AM   #6
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Calcium deposit. Remove the electric element (if equiped) to see deposit buildup on bottom of tank. Veneger will desolve it.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:28 AM   #7
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I'm thinking it may also be some of the anode rod disolving. I don't like the idea of any of that being sucked into my plumbing, so I drain the water heater after each use. Before I leave, I'll just hold a garden hose tightly up against the anode rod opening with the relief valve closed and the heater in bypass for about 30 seconds. Yank the hose out of the way (make real sure you're not standing in the way or you'll get wet) and the pressure will blow anything loose out. I do that two or three times before installing the rod and putting it back in service. You could use one of those tank wands too, but this does the job well enough.
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Old 07-28-2016, 09:41 AM   #8
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I wouldn't remove the electrical heating element... no need. I'd remove the anode rod which the OP is surely doing to drain the heater.
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Good hint...will try that next time.
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That stuff will eventually clog your sink aerator. You may also have it in your home water heater. Changing from an aluminum rod to magnesium is reported to prevent it but i haven't tried it yet.

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