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Homeowners dealing with sluggish pipes may wonder if they have mineral deposits that are blocking effective water flow. If calcium, lime, and rust deposits are present on faucets and other visible areas, mineral buildup may be to blame. Otherwise, a clog from hair and other debris is likely the culprit.

For homeowners with hard water, there some options for removing minerals from pipes, but the best option is to remove the minerals from the water in the first place instead of dealing with the negative results later. Using chemicals to remove calcium and lime from pipes is a quick solution but is not typically recommended because the chemicals in these solutions are toxic if ingested. Therefore, they’re not really something you want getting into your drinking water. Additionally, prolonged use of these products can thin and weaken pipes, making them more prone to failure, resulting in costly broken pipes. Home DIY tricks like using white vinegar or baking soda may work on smaller or more isolated deposits, but they often require significant waiting and are ineffective on larger problems.

Homeowners that are plagued with hard water will benefit most from replacing damaged pipes (especially if the pipes in question are old copper pipes) and installing a water softener to prevent future issues. Remember, if you’re noticing the negative effects of hard water in pipes, these same effects are likely occurring in washing machines, dishwashers, water purification filters, and so on. Fixing water issues will prolong the longevity of these costly appliances, saving you money substantially in the long run.

Call an experienced plumber today for more information on drain cleaning services today! 

Additional resources:
How to Unclog a Drain
Unclogging a Garbage Disposal