Water Heater Or Ejector Pit - Where Is This Sand Coming From? - General DIY Discussions - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Forum > General DIY Discussions

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Display Modes
Old 04-28-2016, 08:26 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Cook County, IL
Posts: 693
Rewards Points: 1,099
Default

Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?


A few weeks back I had a Rheem 50-Gallon water heater installed (old 25 yr old unit was finally leaking). When the previous water heater was leaking, the ejector pump was working good and ejecting all the water that streamed out for a good 12+ hours.

I went downstairs tonight and noticed "brown sand" on one side of the water heater, and also out of the black pipe from the relief valve. Both brown sand looks similar.

My question is, where is this sand coming from? It almost looks like one is coming from the relief valve and the other from the ejector pit backing up (possibly, even though it worked great a few weeks ago).

Any ideas?
Attached Thumbnails
Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?-ejector_pump1.jpg   Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?-ejector_pump2.jpg   Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?-ejector_pump3.jpg   Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?-ejector_pump4.jpg  
cjaustin81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-28-2016, 09:19 PM   #2
Member
 
Msradell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Louisville Kentucky
Posts: 2,923
Rewards Points: 1,140
Default

Re: Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?


What you are calling Brown sand under the black pipe looks like rust that probably came from the inside of the pipe. The other and while similar does look different at least in the pictures. They both appeared to be very dry and not damp at all, is that the case when you feel them?
__________________
Written using Dragon Naturally Speaking
Msradell is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Msradell For This Useful Post:
cjaustin81 (04-28-2016)
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-28-2016, 09:44 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Cook County, IL
Posts: 693
Rewards Points: 1,099
Default

Re: Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Msradell View Post
What you are calling Brown sand under the black pipe looks like rust that probably came from the inside of the pipe. The other and while similar does look different at least in the pictures. They both appeared to be very dry and not damp at all, is that the case when you feel them?
Both are dry, no moisture at all. The plumber had to saw the black pipe when he installed it so the rust there makes sense.

The other pile has me confused because it's an unfinished basement and all of the sewage in the house goes out the main sewage drain. Whatever it is also stained the area around the ejector pit like a poo brown color.

Only thing going to the ejector pit is the small PVC line from the furnace.

I swept up both piles so that I can monitor it. I also tested the ejector pump by directly plugging it to the outlet and that turned on right away..
cjaustin81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-29-2016, 11:11 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: north central pa
Posts: 589
Rewards Points: 1,005
Default

Re: Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?


did these piles show up after the plumber left? or, is it possible he left them?
TimPa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2016, 11:36 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Cook County, IL
Posts: 693
Rewards Points: 1,099
Default

Re: Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?


Quote:
Originally Posted by TimPa View Post
did these piles show up after the plumber left? or, is it possible he left them?
They seemed to show up after he left. The relief valve pile for sure was after he left but I think that's just rust.

Nothing should be going down my ejector pit, except for the furnace pvc pipe as far as I know.
cjaustin81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2016, 12:31 PM   #6
Exterior Construction
 
Windows on Wash's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC)
Posts: 24,894
Rewards Points: 13,556
Blog Entries: 41
Default

Re: Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?


Looks like rust to me as well.
Windows on Wash is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 07:29 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: outside ocala fl
Posts: 5,606
Rewards Points: 6,236
Default

Re: Water heater or Ejector pit - Where is this sand coming from?


Could be rust from the the old tank and pipes being banged around when removing them. Then when the new was hooked up all the loose rust got flushed out.
__________________
Entering your general location can help with answering a lot of times
ToolSeeker is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
water heater drip kdange1 Plumbing 6 10-29-2014 05:26 PM
STATE water heater failures SinCityKid Plumbing 5 05-02-2013 10:22 PM
How to properly drain and flush a hot water heater? speedster1 Plumbing 9 04-17-2012 09:55 PM
A blocked water line causing water to loose heat? Snav Plumbing 6 05-07-2010 02:18 PM
Water heater pressure relief valve confusion Flt_Simulation Plumbing 4 07-11-2009 10:02 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts