Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Hot Water Heater Filled With Grit From Old Well

25 year old well. Just replaced electric hot water heater.  It’s filled with grit.  High calcium in water.  Is well bad?  Will centrifugal sand separator help?  Should I replace well and add css? 

Mr. Dinardo

Hello Mr. Dinardo,

Thank you for contacting us in regard to treating your well water. Based upon this information the issue is more than likely a combination of sand/grit as well as the reported high hardness to the water. 
Once heated hard water will precipitate out and cause a rock-like build-up to occur inside a Water Heater.  That being said I don’t believe the well is bad however it would be a good idea to say test the water coming straight from the well on the cold water side.  Is it pumping copious amounts of sand?  If so then checking the well may be the next best step. 

I can recommend an appropriately sized Water Softener to address the hard water issue along with a Spin-Down Filter to address sand that may come up and potentially damage the Softener, Valves, etc. 

A Water Softener will help in treating the water and removing Calcium/Magnesium which in turn will stop in water spotting, scale buildup, etc.  Clothing lasts longer when washed in softened water, less over all soap usage is dramatically decreased as well.  The unit I’ve recommended is reliable and quite user friendly as well.  This size is also good for a home with up to 3 bathrooms however we do offer smaller and larger sizes as well.

See how it works:
water softener diagram

Here are also some products that we recommend to attend your issues with your well:

Softener 5700e 24KSoftener 5700e Series- 48K Size, 1.5 cu. Ft.                              

Includes 1 inch or 3/4 inch pipe connectors; by-pass valve; 1.5 cubic feet of heavy-duty Softener resin; heavy-duty brine tank; and 5900e Series NSF Certified digital metered-regeneration control valve.  Ease of service along with a simple user interface are a big plus with this valve.
Excellent quality and should last for years to come, typically 10+ as long as is backwashing normally and using the proper amount of salts.  These are quite efficient with usage, thus would only regenerate based upon the gallons of water used during a cycle.

For more information about this product, click here.
Dimensions:  10”x 54” Tank, with the valve is approximately 61” tall.  All instructions on assembly are included as is tech-support as well.  Brine Tank is 18” D x 33” Tall, other sizes available.
Excellent Warranty:  7 years on the control valve; 10 years on the media and salt container tanks

Sediment Trappers
Rusco Sediment Trapper Filter, 3/4” or 1” Polyester Mesh, “T” Style:  

“T” Style water enters one side and exits the opposite end of the unit.

Rusco Sediment Trapper Stainless Steel T Style: 1" Pipe Size, 100 Mesh (152 Microns).  The Trapper® filters provide the same advantages as the Spin-Down models, along with extra internal volume to handle exceptionally high amounts of sediment and protects control valves from sand which ruins o-rings, etc.

For more details, click here.