Autumn has arrived. Fall should be a time to have fun, not to be concerned about our plumbing. Taking a few minutes to perform the following checks will help you avoid plumbing disasters this fall:
Insulate Your Plumbing Pipes
Just as you would bundle up your family for the cold, you should do the same for your pipes. A frozen pipe can occur overnightand cause thousands of dollars in property damage to your home. Putting in pipeInsulation is the most effective way to keep your pipes warm and avoid a plumbing disasteremergency.
Repair all leaks
We want to spend as much time outside as possible during the summer months, playing and enjoying the warm weather. However, when it comes time to return inside for the season, you may notice a few leaks or drips that you've been ignoring.
What is the main cause of Pipe Scale Buildup?
Natural water contains minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Some water sources contain a high concentration of minerals. These minerals are the primary cause of pipe scale formation.
When you combine the presence of waste and debris in your drains, it's easy to develop a thick layer of scale buildup. If the scale is not removed, it will eventually block the line and cause clogs. If you live in an area with particularly hard water, the buildup may occur more quickly.Hard water contributes to the inefficiency of your major water-using appliances, such as the water heater, dishwasher, and refrigerator. The pipes and valves within these appliances can also become clogged with scale, reducing water flow or causing leaks, potentially resulting in costly part replacements.
Due to the hard water that runs through them, limescale deposits can be found inside hot water pipes or hot water heaters.
What exactly is limescale?
Limescale is composed of calcium carbonate, which is a byproduct of hard water that is alkaline in nature. Hard water is defined as water with a high concentration of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. When water evaporates, it leaves behind white, lumpy deposits of calcium carbonate, also known as limescale.
Limescale can quickly accumulate if not addressed immediately. It hardens, thickens, and becomes difficult to remove. Limescale is either grey or white in color, with a chalky texture. Limescale accumulation can obstruct the movement of pipes, machinery, and household appliances.
A major issue arises when limescale forms on the internal parts of pipes that are not visible. When hard water is heated in pipes and begins to vaporize, it leaves a mineral residue that eventually turns to limescale. Limescale grows quickly, and when it accumulates inside pipes, it will obstruct the flow of water, resulting in a back-up or complete blockage.
WHAT IS THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION?
Installing a water softener will aid in the prevention of buildup-
If you're fed up with the constant upkeep that comes with hard water, consider installing a water softener before the weather cools. This is a long-term solution because it filters out the hard water minerals before they enter the pipes and damage your appliances. The only maintenance required is restocking the salt supply and performing regular maintenance checks.
Ion treated water softener units are inexpensive and effective at removing stain-causing mineral deposits before water flows through the plumbing system. Water softeners are simple to install in most plumbing systems.
To help with lime-scale, simply add salt to the tank to keep it running smoothly. Consult Netsol Water Solutions for further information!