This has been a tough one to nail down. I've had a dozen or so standard water tests and they all come back good, so I'm thinking the green is coming from electolysis. I'm on a well with the main waater feeder being thick poly pipe coming form the well terminating on a brass fitting. The house is copper piping. I have two large pressure tanks with a Franklin Electric 281074915 controller (230volt, single phase). I have a ground wire coming from the main panel to the entry point of the main poly pipe. I've checked the house from one end to the other and I don't see any dissimilar metals touching the copper, but I do have a section of the copper ground wire running to the stell pipe that brings in propane for the gas stove. I've also had two different electricians spending considerable time to find nothing out of the ordinary. The only thing I've found out of place is on the Franklin Electric controller. On L1 is the white wire running to the pressure tank, L2 is the black wire to the pressure tank, R is the red wire to the well pump, Y is the white wire to the pump, and B is the black wire to the pump.
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Re: Green in the shower, sinks, and toilets
I don’t think the green is Electrolysis, I think it is algae.
Do you see yourelectric bill going up? If not, then it is algae.
Did you have the water tested for algae?There are dozen or so different type of algae.
Do you have any of the pipe running above ground ? Most likely the algae is in the Poly pipe. Not the copper.
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Assuming you mean you're going to park it for the winter ????
Start by draining all the water tanks, i.e., fresh water, grey water, black water. Go inside and open all the faucets - if you have one or more where it's a common lever type valve and you swing it left or right depending on desired water temperature, then set it for the middle and turn it full on - leave all faucets turned on - shower included. This will allow the water lines to drain out. DO NOT TURN OFF the faucets - leave them on. Don't forget the toilet tank. If there is still some water left in the bottom of the toilet, pour in a cup of standard automotive antifreeze (ethelyne glycol type) and then CLOSE THE LID of the toilet. Ditto this (antifreeze) for all of your drains. Pour 1 cup of (full strength) liquid antifreeze into all drains (sink drains, shower drain, etc) Finally, make a sign that says "WINTERIZED - PLEASE DO NOT USE" and then TAPE THIS onto the toilet lid.
need to check connections going to shower. turn on water and see if runs down lines. also try to reach up to the sink connections a do the same. they tend to come loose. should be able to hand tighten. also check behind toilet at connection.
Suppose you plugged the drain of the sink and filled the basin with water, then removed the plug. I must think that only after the basin empties you would get the sewer smell, and the smell would persist until you slowly ran some more water. If you try this, and this is the result, then the problem is that the sewer vent (that is supposed to prevent the water in the trap under the sink from being sucked down the drain) is not working right. If this is a new problem then you may be able to clear what is probably a blocked vent pipe. If this bathroom has always had this problem, then you have a poorly designed or executed vent pipe setup that you can only fix it with some surgery to your plumbing. However, to clean the vent you can try pouring a good bit of drain cleaner down the vent pipe on the roof, followed by water. But because there may be several vent pipes sharing the same vent stack out the roof, the drain cleaner may not get to your blockage and may simply go down a different path. Good luck.
My saniflo-plus system is about 12 years old..recently it stopped draining the toilet, etc. I pulled the cover off the pump and checked for blockage and spun the cutter blades...The motor just hums....do I need to replace the entire encased pump assembly?? Help
You have a trap missing or a vent somewhere it shouldn't be. Your toilet could be leaking gas at the wax ring. If you just changed it, take it off, put on another wax ring, and squish it back down. Don't caulk it, grout it. If it is something else you just replaced, check the back of the sink, is the trap in place? Is there a auto vent somewhere under there? In the wall? How about the shower? Is it new? Does it have a trap on it? Are you hooked into the sewer or do you have a septic tank? I would need all that to know exactly what is happening.
If you hear it making noise the motor isnt blown, but it could be clogged.
A quick an easy fix is by filling a 5 gallon bucket with hot water (or warm water) and slowly pouring it into the bowl. The warm water breaks the particles up further, and will help flush the unit out. Make sure you run the water alot after its cleared out (to flush the debris). You can do that by turning on the shower or sink (if connected). If you dont have a shower or sink just keep flushing the toilet.