Smart Ideas: Water Revisited

Maintain Your Home’s Water Pipes

Maintenance of your water pipes is very important; this includes cleaning them. Debris, lime debris, and roots are all things that can clog you homes water pipes. Having clogged or busted pipes will cost you money to have them repaired, this is why it is important try your hardest 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 water softener is important for people that live in areas of the country that have hard water. 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. Softeners work by circulating water through a salt filter that traps the unwanted minerals. Your water will taste better and you pipes will ultimately be a lot 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. These cleaners will use chemicals to get rid of the rust, lime and calcium deposits that have built up in your home’s pipes. 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. Get advice from a professional if you aren’t sure what cleaners are best for your pipes.

Lime buildup is a common problem for hot water pipes and lime removal can fix this problem. Hot water breaks up lime deposits and lets the lime move through your pipes, when it cools it will result in buildups and clogs in your pipes and this leads to 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.