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Old 05-23-2017, 02:04 PM   #1
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Clogged water line to toilet---AGAIN

Hey Guys........This is the 4th time I have had to pull the toilet and clean the sediment from the valve. The 3rd time after examining the sediment it appeared like a mix of congealed antifreeze and debris from the anode rod. This AM it was solid debris that looked like anode. Is this possible? Hot water to the toilet? Does the degrading anode rod contaminate and clog the water lines? Do we need an anode rod? Any input would be appreciated. Barry 2015 FR# 28ds

BTW--I have not been using a water filter since all we do is dishes and shower with the fresh water tank.......But a Camco filter is on it's way.
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Old 05-23-2017, 02:15 PM   #2
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It is possible to pull stuff from the water heater tank into the cold water line depending on the set up. It could happen when you draining from the low water drain. Again, it just depends on how the plumbing lines are run. I know with mine, the cold water line coming into the heater is "uphill" from the heater so other than some water being siphoned it would not happen, but I guess it could.
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Old 05-23-2017, 02:23 PM   #3
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I had same type of issue my first outings, not sure what caused it. Could of been from manufacturing, lines did not get flushed completely. I used the blue in line filters that helped some. Finally I went to home depot and used their house filters, fitted water hose connectors to their filter holder, been doing good since.
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:29 PM   #4
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You are not alone. There have been prior discussions about this issue. I have had to unclog the toilet line as well. I'm back here today looking for the old threads. I want to now install an inline filter somewhere rather than having to undo the toilet each time. Some will argue the crap (not that kind) is coming from the fresh water tank as left over debris (it's NOT plastic material clogging up the line). I disagree and know it is coming from the anode rod via a back flush of some sort. I'll see if I can find the prior thread(s).
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:56 PM   #5
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My issue was because my crossover valve for winterizing was left open causing hot and cold water to mix. Our hot temp was just warm, and anode debris was floating throughout the entire plumbing system. There is a thread about the proper valve positions somewhere. That solved my problem.....Barry
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:48 PM   #6
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Anode Rod

You are supposed to change out the anode rod every six months to keep this from happening. I had this issue the first year i had the rv and the service guys told me to change every six months. I have been doing that and have never added a water filter and have never had the issue again.
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You are supposed to change out the anode rod every six months to keep this from happening. I had this issue the first year i had the rv and the service guys told me to change every six months. I have been doing that and have never added a water filter and have never had the issue again.
Sorry but the more you change it the More "Debris" supply will be available from Each A-Rod! Youroo!!
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You are supposed to change out the anode rod every six months to keep this from happening. I had this issue the first year i had the rv and the service guys told me to change every six months. I have been doing that and have never added a water filter and have never had the issue again.
We just traded off a five-year old Columbus and I never changed the anode rod. I'd take it out each time I winterized it (could be as many as four or five times a year since we use it EVERY month). Then I'd wipe it down good with a dry rag to get any loose debris off of it, then put it back in when we were ready to go camping again.

It simply never needed replacing. I've been told by plumbers to only replace an anode rod (home or RV) if it's completely (or pretty well) eaten up. Mine never came anywhere near that point.
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I change our anode rod out more often than every 6 months. We have very hard water here. Admittedly, I didn't know/do that when we first got the FR3, but I do now. The problem continues.
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:54 PM   #10
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I just installed a filter screen on the blue cold line going into the water heater on our 2015 FR3. I'm hoping if the backflow issue is the culprit, this addition will catch the sludge plugging up the toilet fresh water inlet. Time will tell. We have very hard water where I live (Palm Springs, CA). Pictures show the anode rode (before and after), some of the calcium that came out of the water heater, the wand I insert into the water heater to help wash it out...
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