Getting To The Point – Pipes

Maintain Your Home’s Water Pipes

Cleaning your water pipes is the most important part of the maintenance process. Water pipes can become backed up with debris and lime deposits, it is even possible for roots to grow and breakthrough the pipes. 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. After reading this you might think that it is impossible to keep your pipes maintained but there are a couple steps you can follow that will ultimately 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. This hard water contains all lot of minerals including calcium and lime. 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. Minerals can build up inside your home’s pipes but this is a problem that can be solved by purchasing a water softener. Water softeners use salt and potassium filters to trap the unwanted minerals and clean up your water. This will cause your water to taste better and your pipes will be cleaner.

Next we suggest to use one of the many commercial pipe cleaners available on the market, these ensure that pipes remain clean for a long time. 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 will clean the pipes but if it remains in your pipes it could eat away at your pipes. If you want to know the best cleaners for your home’s pipes you can always get advice from a professional in your area.

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. To take care of this problem, a lime remover can be added to your water tank. After the product sits in the tank you will run the water through your faucets until the water is free from bubbles and foam. 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.