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. 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 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 full of high amounts of calcium, lime and other minerals. You can easily tell if you have hard water by looking for white flakes around your shower heads, faucets, and sinks. 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. 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.
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. 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. Run your home’s water until you no longer see any bubbles or 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. Again, if you need help with this process you can seek professional advice.