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Old 07-25-2022, 11:30 AM   #1
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Cleaning sediment from water heater

We have an aluminum walled water heater with sediment buildup. What's a safe way to remove the sediment?
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Old 07-25-2022, 01:41 PM   #2
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Get one of these....
https://www.amazon.com/Flusher-Power...38263947&psc=1
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Old 07-25-2022, 06:10 PM   #3
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Lois.....let's clarify what you mean by "sediment".
Is it just silt, as in very fine mud, or is it that whitish, rock-hard deposits on the inside walls, and possibly in pebble form?

The suggested corrective measures will depend on the answer.

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I can only access what came out in the water, sand-sized granules, white.
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I can only access what came out in the water, sand-sized granules, white.
Most likely what you are seeing is calcium that has been boiled out of the water by the hot surface of the heating elements in the water heater. Other than using only soft water it can't be completely avoided. The finger flushing tool noted above will help you flush the loose pieces from you tank through the open drain plug.
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Most likely what you are seeing is calcium that has been boiled out of the water by the hot surface of the heating elements in the water heater. Other than using only soft water it can't be completely avoided. The finger flushing tool noted above will help you flush the loose pieces from you tank through the open drain plug.
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I don't have this problem, however I have been told that a strong vinegar solution in the tank will remove the calcium buildup.

I would flush it out first though, then the vinegar, then another flush. ~CA
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I don't have this problem, however I have been told that a strong vinegar solution in the tank will remove the calcium buildup.

I would flush it out first though, then the vinegar, then another flush. ~CA
I thought of that, it how to get the vinegar in the tank? I guess I could disconnect the intake hose but no idea how.
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I thought of that, it how to get the vinegar in the tank? I guess I could disconnect the intake hose but no idea how.
I would likely do something like this man did in the youtube video. Although, I have some clear vinyl tubing that also may make a good fit in the drain plug which I would try first. What I would avoid is trying to add the vinegar from the water tank to the water heater as that would take a lot of vinegar.



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I'll side with Craigav on the vinegar solution. HOWEVER, vinegar does react with aluminum, over the long term, so don't leave it soaking much more than an hour, then give it a good fresh water flush. Follow the video posted, just make sure your water system is off-line.

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Found a flushing wand, will use that. Thanks!
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Found a flushing wand, will use that. Thanks!
Make sure it's high quality, several have reported the plastic wand type blowing loose and ending up in the WH.
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Oh no!!! Thanks for the warning.
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Make sure it's high quality, several have reported the plastic wand type blowing loose and ending up in the WH.
I used the cheap one and it took me almost 2 weeks to get the plastic wand out of the heater! The link posted by Grumpy is what I now use. Don't take a chance on this one!

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Rinser-..._id=2504400011
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I have one of those too.
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I have the cheap style as well. I think I will tie about 2' of nylon string to it before I use it again so I can pull it back out if it breaks off. ~CA
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The other problem with the Camco wand is that under pressure with wand is almost impossible to manuever in the heater. Itís like watching a garden hose whipping around on the driveway by itself once you let go of it. The metal design is a much better idea.

If you do use the one from Camco put a hose clamp on the wand where it connects to the hose fitting. Thatís what I did , but I still didnít trust it.
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Thanks, we bought a metal one!
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I found white "pebbles" in our 24rbs....turns out they were from a hole saw one of Jayco's geniuses used to install fittings on the 2 fresh water tanks!
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i found white "pebbles" in our 24rbs....turns out they were from a hole saw one of jayco's geniuses used to install fittings on the 2 fresh water tanks!
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