Sanitize pipes?

Old 02-04-18, 06:57 PM
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Sanitize pipes?

I am going to be plumbing in a water softener and have what may be a dumb question. I'll be using cpvc or pex and quick connect couplings. My question concerns the sanitization of the new lines in run . Do they need to be cleaned/sanitized somehow before using for drinking water? I mean they gave been transported and then stored in probably not the most sanitary conditions so wondering if they are supposed to be cleaned out somehow .Not a germaphobe, just clueless .

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If you did it you may be the first one that ever did.
Use Pex not CPVC!.
Old 02-04-18, 10:35 PM
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Most (if not all) new pipe is shipped with plastic caps on the ends. You can get type K copper cleaned & capped if you're really concerned, but it'll cost you. You can clean pipe yourself with TSP, or just flush it for a few minutes.

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I've never heard of anyone doing anything other than just running water thru the pipes. If you have municipal water the chlorine in the water will further 'clean' out the pipes.
Old 02-05-18, 04:06 AM
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The transportation and storage of uncapped piping is not likely to introduce more than simple dust which can be easily flushed out.

But, are you on a treated municipal water system?
If so there are requirements for chlorination that will have there be a residual level of about .5 ppm chlorine in the water delivered to hour home.
This would be more than enough to take care of any incidental contamination.
If you have a carbon filter remove it temporarily as it will remove the chlorine.

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