White Particles in Steam Boiler Water

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      MasterPlumbers
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      When I drain a small bucket of water out of my steam boiler every week or two the water is rusty at first and then runs clear. Recently, however, I find small white particles or flakes in the rusty water. Is this some type or mineral deposit? Calicum perhaps? Is it harmful?

      I have been draining this furnace on a fairly regular basis for several years and only recently noticed these particles. They are not in the drinking water.

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      The flakes could be calcium or other hardness deposits flaking off, or some teflon dope pieces. There would be no harm from them.

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