Bathroom sink faucet was so full of fine granules with slight pinkish
color that is blocked all but a trickle of water. The bathroom,
adjacent to the laundry, is just a garage wall away from the softener.
Is this a sign the softener has a problem? Will check the washer
hoses later today.
Slightly pink plastic granules sounds like the famous dip tube problem.
It likely means you have an older water heater made with some of a then new
type of plastic dip tube. As they found out the material can't handle the
heat and falls apart. It should only show up on your washers hot water hose
There was a class action suite on this, I had mine replaced. However I
believe it is too late to get in on that one. You can try searching the web
for "dip tube class action" and see if you can find anything.
If it is not covered, you will have a choice to replace the dip tube or
the whole thing. Consider the cost and the fact that your how water heater
is about 9-15 years old now.
The dip tube attaches to the cold water inlet inside the tank. It
carries the cold water to the bottom of the tank. With out a dip tube you
will run out of hot water much faster than normal and you will continue to
have problems with those granules.
Followed the infamous dip tube saga for many, many weeks and triple
checked installation date of ours, still 8/96. Couldn't correlate the
window with ours so merely read the thread for entertainment or
whatever. We've had NO indications of hot water difficulties. DIL
and granddaughter went to use the sink and probably used hot water
faucet but don't know for sure. Can't imagine at all this is a one
time anomaly and both of us will be watchful. Thanks for the
On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 15:01:40 GMT, "Joseph Meehan"
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