Re: rust buildup in water lines...
Posted by hj on October 04, 19100 at 07:59:20:
In response to Re: rust buildup in water lines...
Copper pipes do not "rust" so it has to either be in the water itself or there are sections of steel pipes that are rusting. They cannot be snaked, bleach is a disinfectant not a solvent, if it is calcium buildup, muratic acid would dissolve it but then you could not drink or use the water for until all traces were gone. In any case getting rid of the rust is not the problem. You have to find out where it is coming from otherwise it will just keep returning.Or as Ahkmid would say, "The camel chased away from the tent will always return."

: My sister's home has copper water lines. It was on a well for a very long time but about 2 years ago was switched over to city water. The pressure has dropped steadily ever since. Hot and Cold are both very low on pressure. The lines are closing up with rust so that only a tiny hole is available in the center of the lines to carry water. Can this be flushed out with something like bleach? Can they be snaked somehow? They don't want to replace all the lines if there is another solution. When my Brother-in-law increased the pressure slightly at the regulator valve, lots and lots of rusty looking water ran from all fauctes for a long time.
: Thank you for your help with ideas!

: TommyE

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