Maintain Your Home’s Water Pipes
Maintenance of your water pipes is very important; this includes cleaning them. There are a lot of reasons that pipes can become clogged, the main issues are caused by lime deposits, debris and even roots. Having to repair your water pipes will but a big dent in your bank account, to avoid this unnecessary spending you need to keep your pipes as clean as possible. You might think that keeping your pipes clean will be impossible but there are a few simple steps you can take that will maintain your pipes and save you money.
A lot of people live in areas of the country that have hard water, in these areas you should install a water softener. Hard water is caused by high amounts of lime, calcium, and other minerals. You will be able to tell that you have hard water by the buildup of white flakes around your faucets, shower heads, and sink bowels. A water softener will get rid of the buildup of minerals from the inside of your pipes. Water softeners use salt and potassium filters to trap the unwanted minerals and clean up your water. Water softeners will reduce the minerals in your water which will make your water taste better and your pipes cleaner.
The next suggestion is to use commercial cleaners, there are a broad range of these cleaners on the market and they will work to keep your pipes clean at all times. Cleaners like these use strong chemicals that will break up the rust, lime and calcium deposits of your pipes. To use these cleaners you pour them into your home’s main water pipes and flush them throughout the house, you need to be sure that all the chemicals are flushed from the pipes before your use your home’s water. The strong chemicals in these cleaners that make them work well can also eat away at your pipes if it sits in them for too long. Seek profession help or advice if you are not sure what cleaner you should use for your pipes or buildups.
It is common that hot water pipes will have lime buildup, for these types of pipes lime removal is a good option. Hot water dissolves lime and lets it move through your pipes but when it cools the lime settles in heaters and pipes which will then decrease the water flow and will result in clogs. Lime remover can be added to your water tank to take care of this problem. Let the remover sit in the tank before running it through the faucets, run the water until the water does not have any foam or bubbles coming out. If your home has a lot of lime or if you use a lot of hot water you may have to repeat this process multiple times or periodically. If you are stuck or need guidance do not hesitate to seek professional help.