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Old 04-28-2012, 05:18 PM   #15
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Well, I'm happy the water is all flowing again, but after seeing all the sediment I'm thinking we will pack bottled water for drinking from now on
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All in all, that doesn't look too bad, Stephanie. Have you ever had a chance to look inside the water pipes of an older home?

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No, it makes me happy we have a pretty modern house!
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:29 PM   #18
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Stephanie,

We have bottled our own water at home after getting one of these, works very well.

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Stephanie,

We have bottled our own water at home after getting one of these, works very well.

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That is the very same filter cartridge that goes in the Delta under-sink filter housing in my AS.
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Stephanie,

We have bottled our own water at home after getting one of these, works very well.

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I bottle my own water using one of these:

Fountain Jets

It always tastes better with the carbonation.

I do not put the gooey sweet junk that they also sell in it.

We have a osmosis filter under your kitchen sink at home, so I use that water in the soda stream. Our tap water is good, but I am not a fan of chlorine and Florine.

If I am thirsty, I will drink the water from our trailers tank. That is one case where I'm glad the chlorine is there.


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Wow, so many options! I'd never thought of the faucet mounted filters, but that sounds like a great idea. I hadn't wanted to go through the trouble to mount a filter in the system - one more potential place for a leak! But on the faucet would be an easy solution!
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Those bluish granules kind of look like what I had after my home water heater used up its anode. "Kind of," but mine were bluer and more of a "bloom."

On my Travel Trailer, my older gas-only water heater had an anode as part of the drain PLUG. Your picture shows a faucet drain but I can't see a drain plug.
Perhaps a PO changed the drain plug for a faucet, and perhaps there isn't an anode where once there was.

PERHAPS, I said! I am casting about, here.

Sacrificial anodes are devised to make up for corrosion due to dissimilar metals in the SYSTEM, and have nothing to do with gas or electric. If there are plastic connections in the system, then anodes are less necessary. If not (as in 1968?) then I get back to the possibility of needing an anode.
Maybe you could find a parts list for your water heater and see if there was an anode in it. It may be necessary to protect the rest of your plumbing.

Or maybe I'm making too much of some sediment that got in your system????
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I seem to recall reading in a post (many months ago) that the anode in the water heater was not replaceable. My apologies if my memory is incorrect.
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I believe the Suburban has a steel tank with a replaceable sacrificial anode, while the Atwood has an aluminum tank and does not.

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That would make sense then, because this one is an Atwood. I think it's original. It has a newer control box because I had that replaced a few years ago.
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i believe bob has the answer to anode/no anode. the rods are replaceable.

maybe a smurf got sucked into the water supply? lol

did you do the flame color when burnt test yet.
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An electric water heater may not have a sacrificial anode, a gas fired one may. Gas fired has more dissimilar metals inside and more need for the anode or anodes. It depends on what the tank is made of more than the source of heat. An anode would most likely seen as a bolt on the top or maybe the upper side of the water heater tank that has no other obvious purpose. I suppose it could be attached to the drain plug, but probably not.

Home water heaters have steel tanks for the most part and need one or more anodes. Some newer ones have fiberglass tanks and never leak and cost a lot more. Aluminum tanks cost a lot too and are far more likely in a small tank. Often the clearance above the top of residential water heater is small and getting a rod in or out is very difficult; that's a reason for buying an RV water heater without an anode because of space limits.

If you want to check water Ph, hot tub stores sell strips for testing it fairly cheaply.

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did you do the flame color when burnt test yet.
It was inconclusive. I'll admit chemistry is not my strong suit, but I was unable to get it to burn at all and produce a color. It was fun to try though.
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