Protect Your Wallet and Your 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. Repairing water pipes is not cheap and nor is it a something that most people want to spend money on, that it why it is important to take the cleaning process seriously. 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.
Many people live in areas of the country with hard water; for these people it is important to install a water softener. Hard water is caused by high amounts of lime, calcium, and other minerals. If you have white buildup around your faucets, shower heads, and sink basins then you know you have hard water. Your pipes will begin to have buildup on the inside of your pipes; this is a problem that can be erased by installing a water softener. Softeners work by circulating water through a salt filter that traps the unwanted minerals. 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. Commercial cleaners use chemicals the rid your pipes of calcium deposits, lime and rust. Cleaners require you to dump the chemicals into your home’s main water pipe, in doing this you must be sure that the chemicals are all flushed out of the system before you use any of the water in your home. It is important rinse your pipes to ensure that all of the chemicals are out because the chemicals can actually eat away at your pipes. 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. Lime moves freely though hot water, but when the water cools the lime will build up and settles which results in clogs and poor water pressure. To take care of this problem, a lime remover can be added to your water tank. 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 uses a lot of hot water or if your water has heavy lime you may need to repeat this process. If you are stuck or need guidance do not hesitate to seek professional help.