2 Ways To Eliminate Debris From Your Tap Water

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2 Ways To Eliminate Debris From Your Tap Water

11 November 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


When you turn on your faucet or shower head, you want to receive clean water. However, your plumbing system is causing problems—rather than being clean or even potable, your tap water is filled with rust, minerals, or other particles. Instead of continuing to tolerate these contaminants, eliminate them entirely by arranging for one or both of these plumbing services:

System Repiping

Your home's plumbing system won't last forever. If your plumbing system is more than a couple decades old, then it may already be running on its last leg. Symptoms of an outdated plumbing system include several leaks, corroded pipes, and reduced water pressure. If any of these symptoms are present in your home, then it's time to consider arranging for system repiping. System repiping consists of replacing all the worn and problematic pipelines throughout your house.

Although the water supply that flows through your plumbing system is already filtered by your municipal water plant, it still contains some minerals that can cause severe corrosion damage or mineral deposits to form throughout your pipelines. After being exposed to these minerals for year after year, your pipes will break down and require replacement.

However, repiping requires an extreme amount of physical labor and formal plumbing knowledge. For this reason, it's best to leave a system repiping to a professional plumber—even if you prefer to take your problems into your own hands. If you attempt to perform a system repiping, you're likely to encounter difficulty with the more complex sections of your plumbing system.

Water Tank Draining

The average American household uses more than 400 gallons of water per day. If even half the water you draw through your plumbing system comes through your hot water tank, then that still means that roughly 73,000 gallons of water have flowed through your water tank over the past year. Since your water supply isn't completely clean, large amounts of minerals and sediment have likely settled in your water tank.

When these materials settle in your water tank, they'll lower the quality of your hot water. You may even see specks of dirt, rust, or mineral deposits floating around your glasses after they're washed with hot water. However, this isn't the only problem that these contaminants cause.

If you have an electric water heater, then large amounts of mineral or sediment buildup can damage your heater's lower heating element. Your heating elements require constant contact with water, and deposits of minerals and sediment can completely cover your lower heating element and cause it to fail. At such a point, your hot water supply won't even reach temperatures capable of killing bacteria that can be found in tap water.

To prevent debris from settling in your water tank, you'll need to drain your tank at least once a year. Luckily, you can drain your water tank on your own—if you have a garden hose, bucket, and pipe wrench.

Begin draining your tank by shutting off the water and power to your water heater. Let the water inside your tank cool to avoid any accidental burns. Once your tank has been given time to cool, disconnect the pipes at the top of your water heater and connect your garden hose to the drain valve at the base of your water tank—and make sure to lead the other end of your house away from your home.

Open your water tank's drain valve and drain your garden hose into your bucket. Continue letting water drain from your water tank until the water inside your bucket is crystal clear. To prevent leaks, you may need to reapply plumber's tape to the pipes at the top of your water heater if you damaged the existing tape while disconnecting them.

If you're not sure whether you should repipe your old plumbing system or drain your water tank, then hire your plumbing to give your plumbing system an inspection. If your plumber determines that your pipelines are corroding or leaking, then prepare for a hefty invoice—repiping can be expensive, but well worth it. However, if your water tank simply needs to be drained, then you can perform the task without paying a cent—though it may be better to have your plumber do it if you're not experienced with plumbing fixtures.

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