Maintain Your Home’s Water Pipes
Cleaning your water pipes is the most important part of the maintenance process. Debris, lime debris, and roots are all things that can clog you homes water pipes. 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.
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. You can easily tell if you have hard water by looking for white flakes around your shower heads, faucets, and sinks. A water softener will get rid of the buildup of minerals from the inside of your pipes. Water softeners work by trapping the unwanted minerals in a salt or potassium filter. 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. 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. Get advice from a professional if you aren’t sure what cleaners are best for your pipes.
Lime removal can help fix the lime buildup in your hot water pipes. 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. 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. Again, professionals will be able to help you if you are not sure what to do.