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Old 10-18-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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hey all, jsut had a new house built and having trouble with white, oily debris from ONE faucet in the kitchen - the pot filler above the stove top. All other water is fine throughout the house.

House is primarily PEX - however, the pot filler faucet is fed by an iron pipe running inside the outer wall of the house. Since all other water is fine, I can only conclude the problem lies in that iron pipe - I just dont know enough about plubling to know what the problem is. (Faucet was replaced once)

The symptom is floating white flecks on teh surface of any water drawn from the pot filler faucet. An oily film streams from the flecks as the float on the surface of the water.

Any idea what the debris is and is it harmful?

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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You should get the plumber back and address that under the warranty. It would be unusual for anyone to use "iron pipe" in this day and age. Are you sure it's not just copper? Or maybe brass?

The oily film and white flecks could actually be just from the grease the manufacturer of the pot filler used to lube the stem/cartridge. You may be able to take it out and wipe off some of the excess grease, then re-insert.

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Old 10-19-2011, 01:16 PM   #3
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thanks for the reply. It could have been brass; not sure.

We originally thought the debris was some type of lube in the faucet but we ran A LOT of water though it in hopes of clearing it out but it didnt help - that's why they put a new faucet in.

Is it possible that some type of sealant like plumbers putty or something was used on the joints in the non-PEX line?
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:40 PM   #4
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you say its a new house how long has this been doing this ....sometimes new lines need flushed out to clear any debris or pipe joint compound if to much was used out of line?
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