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    Question Sand and rust after power outage

    This is confusing so any help is welcome.
    I had a power outage last weekend and was watering a lawn that was 20 feet in elevation below the house. My older tank and switch is located at the well and I have a second tank at the house. That eve after power was restored and I was taking a shower i got lots of rust and sand in the house and shower.
    1 Should I put a filter in line at the house?
    2 Should I get the Water tested ? (it has never been tested)
    3 Should I look at hard water problem? (some staining in the toilet)
    Thanks
    Jim

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    Are you sure it's sand and not just rust particles?

    If it's sand you have a serious problem. If it's just rust and hardness particles it's common after the pressure is let down to zero for a while. Just run it until it clears.

    bob...

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    Default What if it is sand?

    Looks like rust and it has fine particles that may be sand. I will have a pro test the water any thing else that i should try?
    Jim

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    See if you can crush the particles. If not, it's probably sand.

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    See if they dissolve in muratic acid for rust and if they bubble/dissolve in vinegar then it's hardwater deposits. If neither work, then it might be sand.

    Jason

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    Default Over Pumped!

    Sometimes when the pressure goes to zero and the tank is empty will cause the pump to over pump the well for a time. It should return back to normal soon. I suggest you drain off any rust or sand that may have settled in your hot water tank. Due this by opening the drain valve at the bottom of your hot water tank until it's clear of rust, sediment and sand.

    Pump cycling can also cause a well to produce sand.

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