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    my two year old water heater has begun to push brown residue into the hot water. is this a problem with the water heater or is there gunk built up inside and can it be drained?

  • #2
    Re: water heater problem

    brown water is typically because of steel pipe rusting. do you have galvanized steel pipe in your system?

    does it clear up after you run the water for 10 seconds?

    does it affect the entire house or just a couple of fixtures.?

    do you brush and floss 3 times a day

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: water heater problem

      I'm not sure about the pipe, however, it does clear up after a few seconds and it does effect all faucets.

      i brush 2x and floss 1x per day. moderation is the key in all things in life.

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      • #4
        Re: water heater problem

        Originally posted by plumber rick View Post
        brown water is typically because of steel pipe rusting. Do you have galvanized steel pipe in your system?

        Does it clear up after you run the water for 10 seconds?

        Does it affect the entire house or just a couple of fixtures.?

        Do you brush and floss 3 times a day:d

        rick.
        do you change diapers daddy ?
        I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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        • #5
          Re: water heater problem

          look for rusty galvanized nipples at the top of the heater. both inlet and outlet. switch over to brass nipples.

          post a photo of your heater with a closeup of the top water connections.

          how long does it take to get the brown water to show up once you turn on a fixture.

          if it's immediate, then you either have a circulating pump or the problem is elsewhere.

          rick.
          phoebe it is

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          • #6
            Re: water heater problem

            It takes until the hot water comes out of the faucet for the water to turn brown, the cold water is not effected. i'll post some pictures later on tonight when i get home. thanks for the help.

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            • #7
              Re: water heater problem

              I really hate rusty nipples!

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              • #8
                Re: water heater problem

                Try draining and flushing the water heater tank.

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