When it comes to maintaining your water pipes, cleaning them makes part of the important process. The truth is that your pipes are prone to becoming clogged with lime deposits, debris and in some cases roots will even grow. They are all situations that can cost you in terms of having the pipes repaired and there is therefore an importance of trying as much as you can to keep the pipes clean. It is something that seems impossible but a few simple practices can work on maintaining your pipes and saving you from the costly repairs.
Install a water softener
Most people live in areas that have hard water. This is water that contains high amounts of minerals like calcium and lime. You can easily tell that your water is hard if you can see white flakes build up around your sink basin, shower heads and faucets. The minerals can build up inside your pipes, but you can easily take care of the problem by installing a water softener. The softener works by circulating water using a pipe that contains salt filter or potassium to trap the water minerals. You will enjoy water mineral reduction and have cleaner pipes for that matter.
Use commercial cleaners
The market has a huge range of commercial pipe cleaners that you can use to ensure that your water pipes remain clean all times. These cleaners usually have strong chemicals that eliminate lime, rust and calcium deposits that have built up in the pipes over time. Usually, you would need to pour the cleaner into your main water supply pipe, but you must also ensure that you flush the water out before you can start using it again at home after the cleaning. It is very important to ensure that you get the right product because some of the cleaners are very good at cleaning your pipes, but they can also end up eating them away leading to damage and leaks. Get professional guidance if you are not too sure what cleaners are the best for your system.
Consider lime removal
Lime buildup is very common in hot water pipes. This is because the hot water dissolves the lime so it is able to freely flow into your water and when cooling takes effect, the lime settles inside your pipes of heaters and this can decrease your flow of water as a result of clogging. To handle this kind of a problem at home, get a lime remover and add into your water tank and allow it to sit for a few minutes before you then run your hot water through the faucets until you see clear water that is free from foam and bubbles coming out. It is a process that might need to be repeated after a while in case you have water with heavy lime and you use up lots of hot water in your household. You can always seek professional guidance if you feel you cannot handle the process on your own.
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