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Old 11-22-2015, 07:30 PM   #1
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Debris in hot water heater

This year I purchased a '96 Monaco Dynasty from a relative. The HW heater is a Suburban SW10DE. I removed the anode to flush out the tank. After flushing for a while, the water coming out was mostly clear. But when I looked inside with a flashlight, there was a mound of debris on the bottom of the tank. It appears to be white "flakes" and I assume it is material that shed off the anode. Is this a problem? Should I try to knock it loose and flush it out? Or should I leave it alone?
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:53 PM   #2
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I flush mine out annually when I winterize. While the water heater is full of water I pull the anode and let the water flush out the sediment. The sediment is probably calcium that precipitated off the heating element as it was heating the water.

I would try and flush what you can out of it. Maybe get a small diameter jet type wand to see if you break up the sediment.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:04 PM   #3
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That's the junk that hard water gives you. Flush it out.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:07 PM   #4
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That is also what is left behind from the anode. I made a small attachment to attach to my vacuum and when it had sat and dried i vacuumed it all out
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:42 PM   #5
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I flush my water heater each fall with a small diameter spray wand attachment bought for motorhome #1 in 1977. There is always debris coming out. Hint: don't stand in line with the water heater drain when using the flush wand (ask me how I know).

Google "Camco RV water heater tank rinser"
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RV stores and amazon sell a hose attachment for rinsing out the hot water tank.
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:52 PM   #7
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Suburban water heaters have a ceramic liner inside. If the inside lining starts to crack, it can crumble/peel off and fall to the bottom of the tank. That "might"
be the debris in the bottom of the tank or in addition to the anode remains.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:16 PM   #8
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With drain plug/anode rod removed
Turn on water supply and let it blast out the drain hole
The cold inlet has a dip tube that is turned down
Water coming in will churn up the debris on bottom and flush it out drain hole

Lot easier than sticking a 'wand' inside which blocks/takes up part of the drain hole
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