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    Default Continually clogging kitchen faucet

    My kitchen sink faucet keeps getting clogged with some sort of small white chunks. When I clean them out, I can smash them between my fingers. It only takes a day or two until the water flow is greatly diminished again.

    Any ideas of where I should start looking, or what this may be?

    My shower upstairs does seem to be losing a little flow, but nothing as dramatic as the kitchen.

    Thanks,
    Ron

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    Sounds like water heater crud. Try draining the WH a little and see if a) it drains at all, and if it does, b) if there are little balls of crud in there.

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    Place some in vinegar, let it sit for an hour, and tell us if they dissolve.

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    Default Water Heater Crud

    Looks like that was a good call on the water heater crud. I opened up the valve on the bottom into a five gallon bucket. It took a second to get going, and then a lot of the same crud that I have seen in the faucet came out.

    I drained about 10 buckets and was still getting some of the crud. Should I just keep doing this until it clears, or should I think about a new water heater?

    We've been in the house for 9 years and I'm not sure how old the water heater is. It is a 75 gallon A.O Smith model

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    It's time for a pro to respond, but I'd drain it all (be sure the power is off) and flush out the crud. Then pull the anode rod and have a look. Very likely it's pretty-well eaten up.

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    Again, give Cass's thread a look. It might be helpful.

    There can be more than just one answer........

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