I'm On Fire wrote:If not the mixing valve any other ideas?
jim d wrote:???? kind of a tub shower valve do you have
nortcan wrote:IOF, your pump running 24/24 could have ""washed"" the bottom of the well and sent some dirt/small particules to the smaller parts in the house like the mixing valve??? Maybe just take it apart and see if dirt in it or other things???
If all was workink before the pump problem, lime is probably not the problem, lime deposits form on a longer time. But iron fouling can get in the plumbing faster. Do you have brown/red deposits in the toilet bowl and reservoir? Lime is a white product and iron more brown. If you have iron problems (ferric or ferrous iron), make a simple test: take a glass of water( wait untill the pump stars) add 1/2 cap of chlorine(bleach) and wait a few minutes. If the water turns brown you have ferrous iron, you converted the ferrous iron(invisible) to ferric iron. Ferrous iron can usually be removed easily with a water softner and easier when the PH of the water is more acidic.
If you take the water directly from a cold tap( again after the pump starts) and fill a WHITE container like a yogourt white one and the water is already brown/red colored , you have ferric iron and the a water iron filter is needed.
As you can see finding the right water solution is not a so simple thing. What works fine in your neighbor's house having a water looking like your's can not work in your house ( but it also can). That is why before going to a water solution, better to find an HONEST water Pro. Like in most area, you will have lots of advises from everybody, but ask them: OK I do what you told me to do but could you please sign me an attestation so if YOUR solution doen't work you refund me the total cost of it?
An other option in certain cases is to rent a water treatment ( from a pro. and after a real water analisis), ask for a iron removal in house test: The person takes the iron PPM content fron the cold water tap and after connect a small demo water softner at the same tap, run the water a few minute and re-take the iron reading. Supposed you had 2 PPM in the raw water and 0.3PPm after the mini water softner you'r OK with a softner. If the result is more than 0.5 PPm after the mini W.S. take care to the Pro's solutions