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Old 04-24-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Calcium or something in pipes!

Cleaned out the faucet screens and found these light colored bits of rock or calcium. I have two water filters on the water coming into the coach. A filter in the coach and one on the hose.

I have used the coach in the hill country of Texas where the water is very hard. I have been having trouble with my toilet. Once in a while it runs and fills the bowl on its own. I wonder if these particles are causing a problem.

What is causing these particles. Are they attached to the pipes in the rig? they re not coming in from the water with two filters. How o I get them out?

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Cleaned out the faucet screens and found these light colored bits of rock or calcium. I have two water filters on the water coming into the coach. A filter in the coach and one on the hose.

I have used the coach in the hill country of Texas where the water is very hard. I have been having trouble with my toilet. Once in a while it runs and fills the bowl on its own. I wonder if these particles are causing a problem.

What is causing these particles. Are they attached to the pipes in the rig? they re not coming in from the water with two filters. How o I get them out?

Steve

Most likely coming from your hot water heater...

It's a good idea to flush the hot water heater from time to time along with cleaning the faucet screens...

No harm, no foul...
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Your first assumptions is correct it is 'calcium and lime, caused from hard water. You can add all the filters sold and it will not remove hard water. Only a portable water softner will do that.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:35 PM   #4
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Calcium deposits are surely the culprit. We have a similar issue with the water in South Central Fl. We clean the screens on the 2 faucets every couple of months and soak the shower head in vinegar. Over the winter period we go through 2 coffee pots!! Over time I would think it could become a significant problem. I have no doubt that a portable water softner is in the cards.....Odd you would have trouble with the toilet though.
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I have been in areas where the water is soft. So, is there calcium attached to the pipes? The toilet uses the cold water, so I don't think it is the water heater.

What about a small water filter added to the water input into the toilet?

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I have heard that some new-fangled toilets that use electricity to fill/flush........can fill on their own.
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If I had this problem, I would do a full winterization, with the exception of using vinegar instead of antifreeze. I would let the vinegar set at least 24hrs before a complete flush. Afterwards, check & clean all faucet restrictors and screens.

If the problem was real bad and this didn't help enough, I would re-do with miratic acid, diluted of course.
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Portable water softners are attached outside the RV then connected to the RV, therefore ALL water used is softened incl the toilet.
Again water filters are designed to "reduce" rust and odors, they are not designed to soften hard water.
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A filter will do nothing to reduce calcium carbonate, the hard water scale that forms deposits, only water softener will remove minerals. A mild acid will dissolve it, I agree cylon51, try a few gallons of vinegar, pump into the plumbing system, let sit overnight, then flush out.
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Most RV water lines are flex tubing and made of a synthetic material. Minerals don't cling well there, but they will cling in valves, especially check valves, any metal fittings, inside the water heater, and such.

As the others have said, filters are of no help. Only a water softener will do if you feel the problem must be fixed. I would just flush it periodically, but I supposed that could get old if you always camp where the water is extremely hard.
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I live in San Antonio and know what problems hard water creates. Your best bet is to purchase and use a portable water softener. Install the water filters first and then the water softener. I have to recharge the softener once every two weeks on the average.
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I spent a lot of time in Kerrville, Tx, near San Antonio. He water is really hard.

I will get a softener for our next visit.

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I live in San Antonio and know what problems hard water creates. Your best bet is to purchase and use a portable water softener. Install the water filters first and then the water softener. I have to recharge the softener once every two weeks on the average.
This seems to be rather frequent. Are you a full-timer or is the water that hard at your location?
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