Should I Be Worried about Sediment in My Plumbing System?

Here at West Covina Star Plumbing we get this question often. Our customers are worried that sediment has built up in their pipes and could threaten their plumbing system. This is a legitimate concern and one we want to address with you today.

Here are some things every homeowner needs to know about sediment.

Sediment and Hard Water

There’s a belief that only households with hard water can develop sediment. The truth is that all water from municipal systems and personal well systems can have higher amount of calcium and magnesium. These are the minerals that form sediment.

Most municipal water systems remove minerals from the water supply, but sometimes particles get through and make their way into your home. These minerals aren’t harmful to you, but they can leave ugly rust-colored stains inside toilets, on bathtub and shower walls, and in sinks. The minerals also have an effect on your water-using appliances like the dishwasher, the washing machine, and the water heater.

Some home have a higher concentration of calcium and magnesium than others. So, you might notice your hard water more than someone else.

The bottom line is that all households are at risk of sediment buildup.

How Sediment Affects Your Plumbing System

First, let’s talk about how sediment affects your water heating system. Tank water heaters hold 40 gallons or more of water all the time. When this water has sediment in it, it will harden and fall to the bottom of the tank. Eventually, this will affect the burning elements and other parts of the water heater.
You can make sure sediment buildup doesn’t become a problem by draining and flushing your water heater once a year.

Sediment also builds up in pipes and can cause corrosion and pinhole leaks in metal piping. It can also cause backups in metal and plastic piping. The pressure from large clogs can also cause the pipes to burst.

Fixing Sediment Issues

There are two ways to deal with sediment problems. The first is to install a water softener. This plumbing appliance conditions the water using salt to keep calcium and magnesium from building up in the system. It’s an affordable option that works well for many households.

The second option is to install a whole-house filtration system. This system doesn’t condition the water. Instead, it filters the minerals from the water. It’s a wonderful option for all size homes, but does cost more than water softener installation.

Let Us Help You!

You have every reason to be concerned about sediment in your plumbing system. Over time, sediment buildup ends up costing you money and can damage many parts of your home’s plumbing. To learn more about your options, call West Covina Star Plumbing. We’ll go over your options and help you find an affordable solution.

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