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"Gunk Remover" Gives New Life To Water Heaters
Sooner or later, all hot water heaters experience a buildup of mineral sediments in the bottom. The buildup of gunk acts as an insulator that makes the heater element work harder.
  Brian Kumer oversees some 150 apartments in Peoria, Ill., and he got tired of constantly replacing water heaters. "Sometimes I had to buy half a dozen at a time," he says.
  He decided to find a way to get the gunk out of older water heaters before they fail. His "gunk remover" shoots compressed air into the bottom of a water heater via a hose connected to the drain pipe. The compressed air dislodges the buildup of gunk in the bottom of the heater.
  The next step is to get the gunk out. He hooks his air compressor up to a faucet and opens the hot water valve. He hooks a garden hose to the water heater drain. Then he shoots compressed air down the hot water pipe, blowing all the hot water and sediment out of the water heater, and into the garden hose which carries it away.
  Surprisingly little air pressure is required - only about 10 lbs. Once they're cleaned out the water heaters work like new, notes Kumer.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brian Kumer, 2215 W. Willow Knoll, Suite 102, Peoria, Ill. 61614 (ph 309 693-0617).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #6