How To Flush Sediment From Water Pipes

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Written by Steve Bates

Sediment can form in household water pipes over time due to a variety of reasons, such as mineral buildup from hard water or corrosion of pipes.

This sediment can build up and cause a variety of issues, such as reduced water flow, clogged pipes, and even leaks.

It is important to periodically flush the sediment out of your household water pipes to maintain their integrity and ensure a steady flow of clean water.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Locate the main water shut-off valve for your home. This is typically located near the water meter or where the main water line enters your house.
  2. Turn off the main water shut-off valve to stop the flow of water into your home.
  3. Open faucets and valves throughout your home to release any water pressure and allow the pipes to empty.
  4. Locate the lowest faucet or valve in your home, this is typically the outside hose bib or basement laundry sink.
  5. Open the lowest faucet or valve and allow it to run for a few minutes to clear any remaining water from the pipes.
  6. Next, locate the main water supply pipe, which is typically located where the main water line enters your home.
  7. Attach a hose to the main water supply pipe and run the other end of the hose to a safe drainage area, such as a nearby storm drain or outdoor area.
  8. Turn the main water shut-off valve back on and allow the water to run through the hose for a few minutes. This will flush out any sediment that has built up in the pipes.
  9. Turn off the main water shut-off valve and remove the hose.
  10. Open all faucets and valves throughout your home once again to allow any remaining sediment to flush out of the pipes.
  11. Turn the main water shut-off valve back on and check for any leaks or drips.
  12. You should repeat this process every six months to ensure that your pipes are free from sediment buildup.

It is important to note that if you have a well or other private water supply, it is important to consult with a professional before attempting to flush your pipes.

Additionally, if you experience a significant decrease in water pressure or notice any leaks or drips, it is important to contact a plumber as soon as possible as it could be a sign of a more serious problem.

In conclusion, flushing sediment from your household water pipes is an important part of maintaining the integrity and functionality of your plumbing system.

By following the steps outlined above, you can effectively remove sediment buildup and ensure that your pipes are delivering clean, clear water to your home.

About the author

Steve Bates

Hi, I'm Steve and I currently reside in Chicago, Illinois. Although for most of the last 20 years I was a partner in a HVAC company down in Austin, Texas.

I understand the frustration involved with dealing with water heater repairs and replacing or upgrading to a new, more efficient model.

My aim is offer some basic advice on fixing home hot water systems. And if a repair isn't possible, then to make the process of selecting a new water heater – be it gas or electric - as simple as possible.

So that you can save money and have a safe and reliable hot water system in your home for many years to come.