Sand in my washing machine-any help?

  • Profile photo of walleyebuster5walleyebuster5
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    #1272076

    We have a middle of the road washing machine and 2 times in the past few weeks my wife finds sand all over her cloths. like lots. I’ve used it plenty in between with no problems. Any ideas why this is happening? Anything I should look for on the machine or in the utility room that may help me diagnose this problem? Thanks!

    avatarBuck Slayer
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    Hudson, Wi
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    #962709

    Your well is pumping up sand. may need to install a filter

    Profile photo of stuweststuwest
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    Elmwood, WI
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    #962710

    if you’ve got city water, it shouldn’t be.
    but if you’ve got country water, you can have sediment in your incoming. I had to put a sediment filter on mine and empty every time i start to get it in the machine. The filter works well.

    Profile photo of walleyebuster5walleyebuster5
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    Central MN
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    #962713

    We live in the country and put in a water treatment system in about a year ago (house is 2 years old).

    Profile photo of Brian KlawitterBrian Klawitter
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    Lakeland, MN
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    #962718

    You aren’t washing any new “stone washed” blue jeans are you?

    Profile photo of rkd-jimrkd-jim
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    #962721

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    We live in the country and put in a water treatment system in about a year ago (house is 2 years old).


    I’m guessing the “water treatment system” is a softner/ironcurtain system. I don’t think that type of system would eliminate sand being pumped in unless you have a specific filter. Is it a 2 yr old well also?? If so it sounds like your casing isn’t deep enough. Not a well driller but that’s my guess.

    Profile photo of walleyebuster5walleyebuster5
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    #962727

    Quote:


    You aren’t washing any new “stone washed” blue jeans are you?


    Ha, well,I am but that has nothing to do with it! See, I thought my kids were secretly filling their pockets with sand but either they are all liers or it’s coming from somewhere else.. Odd thing is that I haven’t noticed it anywhere else. Maybe I’ll ask the kids again.

    RKD-that system was put in for iron and water smell. You could be right..

    Profile photo of deertrackerdeertracker
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    Alexandria, MN/Big Point on ML
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    #962731

    Do you have a whole house water filter right after your pressure tank?

    avatarsuperstar
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    Breezy Point, MN
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    #962800

    More than likely it’s resin beads from your water softner, it looks like sand.

    Have your water softner checked out.

    avatarsuperstar
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    Breezy Point, MN
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    #962801

    Also make sure your have hose screens for your fill hoses.

    Profile photo of hairjighairjig
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    Cudahy, Wis.
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    #962864

    Maybe Andy Dupree from Shaw Shank Redemption has been secretly visiting your utility room, unloading his “tailings” in the machine ?????

    Profile photo of walleyebuster5walleyebuster5
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    #962917

    Quote:


    Maybe Andy Dupree from Shaw Shank Redemption has been secretly visiting your utility room, unloading his “tailings” in the machine ?????


    Ya know,, that could be!

    I think I may have figured it out.. After much thoughts,there seems to be a pattern of sand after washing the door rugs.. We’ll see how this plays out!

    avatarBassn Dan
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    #962977

    Sounds like throw rugs would be a strong possibility. Maybe suggest that they get SHAKEN OUT before they get washed.

    Something else to look at is if you have a tank-type water heater, catch some water in a bucket from the “flush valve” on the bottom of the tank. You’ll see if it’s sand or filter media, and besides it helps the life and efficiency of the water heater to flush any sediment out of it periodicly.

    Good luck.

    Dan

    avatarAllenW
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    Mpls, MN
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    #963018

    fwiw Rugs can be hard on washers, you have a laundrymat close by??

    Al

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