Sanitize pipes?

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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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Old 02-04-18, 09:33 PM
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If you did it you may be the first one that ever did.
Use Pex not CPVC!.
 
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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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Old 02-05-18, 03:52 AM
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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.
 
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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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