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Old 02-20-2015, 09:39 PM   #1
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This is weird, water calcium problem

My wife just bought a new to us 2011 Springdale 5th wheel. This is our second trip out with it since buying it in November. My wife and I were setting up in our site at the beach this evening and got the water hooked up. When she went inside to try the water the kitchen and bathroom sinks ran at a trickle but the shower - indoor and outside - ran fine. As I am writing this looking for assistance she calls out of the bathrooom....I found the problem. She had pulled apart the screen for the faucet and found that calcium sediment had clogged the screen. She said it is hard as cement. I guess we will be looking into some kind of flush for the system to get the calcium out of it. Anyone have any good ideas???

See...I new we would find the issue if I posted about it here...LOL!!!

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Old 02-20-2015, 09:48 PM   #2
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I rinse our water heater twice a year because of calcium build up. Camco sells a special tool for this around $7.00

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Old 02-20-2015, 10:10 PM   #3
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Yup, sediment from water heater. Might purge a bunch just by draining.
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This happens to me perodically when I blow all the water out of the lines to winterize...totally normal. I have flushed my hot water tank and do not see any significant improvement. Just clean the screens and go on.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies everybody, I really appreciate it.

I opened the hot water heater last night to see if it was getting water and had a bunch of calcium chunks blow out just from the water pressure. A water pic is definitely in the near future.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:11 PM   #6
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Two answers:
Back when I had the sticks and bricks, and here in the motor home as well, from time to time on faucets (Bathroom and some kitchen) I would have to take the screen or aerator off and clean it well, using a brush and water. This restored full low.

This is the end piece the water comes out of, on faucets so equipped it screws off.

IF you have a pull out head on a kitchen (or bath) faucet, where the sprayer and faucet are one,, in the base of the head, where the hose connects, is a device which is either a check valve or a vacuum breaker or both (Back flow preventer) this too can clog and need cleaning.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:58 AM   #7
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Cool, thanks wa8yxm
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Old 03-02-2015, 06:02 PM   #8
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water heater flush

I stumbled on the same problem with our 2013 Forest River Surveyor Sport 220 after our second trip; cleaning out the faucet screens worked wonders. Also, while being maybe a little overboard, since we camp every 6 weeks or so and can camp year round here in Az, I drain the water heater and water lines after each trip and inspect the anode rod in the water heater while it is out. (We have the Suburban 6 gal DSI gas/electric water heater) The anode rod will last a good long time before it needs to be replaced but the water heater needs to be drained regularly to prevent that sediment build up.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:41 AM   #9
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Thanks pt1655. I just got one of those wands that you stick in the water heater to flush it out. I just need to get to it. I have been working on my RV pad project that has been keeping pretty busy.
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A water softener is the best route to clean pipes, fixtures, and nice suds in the shower. And it keeps it that way!

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