Calcium buildup on my copper pipes


  #1  
Old 08-04-16, 09:28 AM
M
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Canada
Posts: 53
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Calcium buildup on my copper pipes

Hi,
Just wondering how big of a problem this is? I have some green and white residue on my copper piping. I read somewhere that I could just clean the residue with vinegar or CLR, but not sure if that would break a hole in the pipe.

Would it be safer just to replace that section of the pipe or is it ok to clean it off? Vinegar, CLR or something else?

Thanks in advance
Name:  copper pipe.jpg
Views: 9683
Size:  35.0 KB
 
  #2  
Old 08-04-16, 12:32 PM
P
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 28,392
Received 2,327 Upvotes on 2,069 Posts
Mineral build up like that is from a leak. Cleaning the mineral deposits away may actually make the leak worse. I would plan on replacing the fittings and pipe in that area unless you find a leak above somewhere that is dripping down onto the pipes.
 
  #3  
Old 08-04-16, 06:59 PM
J
Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 4,463
Received 129 Upvotes on 114 Posts
That's the most common cause, replace it all with PEX and never have to deal with it again.
 
  #4  
Old 08-05-16, 10:03 AM
M
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Canada
Posts: 53
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Thanks for the advice. I'll look into replace the pipes with PEX
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: