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Hard Water - questions

1. Does hard water cause calcium buildup in "copper" pipes? I read somewhere that it's only true with galvanized (steel) pipes which were used in homes long ago.

2. If copper pipes are clogged, is it possible to "descale" this build up if so how? What kind of treatment. does anyone ever do this routinely?

3. Does a water softener help "descale" pipes?
 
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What makes you think your pipes are clogged?
Had the water tested to see what type treatment it needs?
 
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Just asking, good to know these things.
 
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Old 02-15-15, 06:13 AM
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I have a piece of 1" copper pipe (great sales tool) that is so scaled up you can not stick a pen through it. So yes, scale will build up in copper pipe. There are companies that descale the pipes using chemicales
 
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1. Yes, it certainly does, the longer the exposure the more scale buildup.
2. There are commercial descalers available, but see 3 below.
3. Yes, once you install a water softener and soft water flows over the scale it will slowly disappear.
 
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