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NEED SOME HELP WITH WATER MARKS ON HELMETS AND AN IKE


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My stupid neighbor set her kitchen on fire and it set off the sprinklers in my condo being she was next door. A few of my lids are now soaked and have this weird white residue on them I’m assuming some chemical in the water for the fire? The lids I had in my bookshelf were protected a bit but my top shelf got soaked and theres white staining starting.
Does anyone know anything about what the white stuff could be and how to get it out? Im also trying to dry out some chin cups and not have them harden any ideas?
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are you sure it was water and not a chemical fire suppression system?

 

if water, is it lime/minerals from hard water??

 

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People are stupid.

 

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are you sure it was water and not a chemical fire suppression system?

 

if water, is it lime/minerals from hard water??

 

This is another reason why I will never live anywhere but a stand-alone house.

People are stupid.

 

-Brian

 

Steve,

It was water because im now drying out my hardwood floors too, but I really dont know if there was any chemicals mixed in. I'm trying to figure out a way to remove it without destroying the patina on the helmets.

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if water I don't believe they mix any chemical with it as they periodically flush the system into the storm drains.

So maybe they haven't flushed the system in a long time and lots of hard water minerals in it?

 

Sorry.. I can't think of a good way to clean them without removing patina. :(

I hope some type of insurance covers these...

I'd be tempted to sue somebody... why would sprinklers in someone else's condo set off the ones in your condo?

That doesn't' seem correct to me..

 

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if water I don't believe they mix any chemical with it as they periodically flush the system into the storm drains.

So maybe they haven't flushed the system in a long time and lots of hard water minerals in it?

 

Sorry.. I can't think of a good way to clean them without removing patina. :(

I hope some type of insurance covers these...

I'd be tempted to sue somebody... why would sprinklers in someone else's condo set off the ones in your condo?

That doesn't' seem correct to me..

 

-Brian

 

We share the wall and it was set off on my side too. It apparently set some off on the condo on the other side as well. I know nothing about how the system works other than I now have wet stuff grrrrr :dry:

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so what exactly is getting the "white stuff" ?

fabric? on the metal of the helmet? chinstraps? all?

 

I wish I could be of more help.. my heart skipped a beat for you when I read your first post.

 

Maybe posting a picture of what exactly it looks like might help?

 

hopefully someone will chime in with more experience/knowledge.

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This might sound stupid but what about wiping down the shells with a wet rag that you know has CLEAN water on it. It might work on the shells and Ike but I wouldn't try it on the leather.

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System must be years old as the cutting oil used to thread the pipes in installation sits inside and turns very dark. The inspectors test valve and drain only releases a little of the systems water. This is for a constant pressure system. There are dry systems that only have water in them when a head goes off, main supply opens and fills the system. Kind of sounds like you have a dry system, why did heads in you unit go off? Ask management what happened and if they have insurance.

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Water with a high lime content will leave white residue but most modern apartments and systems have water softeners.

 

Growing up our daily water we used came from a fresh ground source and was 100-150 below ground.Often a spring or under ground pool where the water gathered and filtered through sand Came in and used a pressure tank system.Our water was high in lime and we didn't have a softener or filtration system as homes now days do.The lime was so bad we couldn't maintain a fish tank with out changing the water as the lime scale would still build up and set like concrete.It left spots on vehicles if you washed them and didn't dry the surface off,It will coat the inside of copper pipes too....but was it ever good cold water right out of the hydrant.We didn't have Rural water towers or systems pipe it to our acreage it came out of a drilled well.

 

I also have drank water running out of the side of a solid rock face of a mountain and was better than any bottled I have drank.

 

this is an old thread and brought up due to another where the OP has a helmet under fire

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