Keeping your water pipes clean is an essential part of overall home maintenance. Knowing how to keep water pipes clean will let you know what to look for, how to make the fix, and save you a lot of money in plumber's fees.


Over time, water pipes will become clogged with debris, lime deposits, or even roots growing into the pipes. Once this happens it can lead to costly repairs. However, there are some things that you can do to help keep your water pipes clean.

 

Commercial Cleaners

Today there are a large variety of commercial pipe cleaners on the market. They work with very strong chemicals that eat at the calcium, lime, and rust deposits that build up over time. Depending on where you get your water from, a city supply or a dug artisan well, there will be different minerals and chemicals found in the water. As the water runs through the water pipes they can sit on the pipe walls and begin to close in. Commercial cleaners are poured into the main supply pipe. Once you add the chemical additives, you must flush out your water before you start drinking it or bathing in it.
Be aware that chemical cleaners have drawbacks. The strong chemicals used to rid pipes of build up can also begin to deteriorate the pipes themselves. Constant use will slowly eat away at the pipes, thus causing replacement and possible water damage repair due to leaks.