Rusty Pipes

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Chad in Coldwater, Michigan

117 months ago

Every now and again we get rust stains on our clothes while doing laundry. Bathwater and tolilet water is rusty at times, too.

Is there something I can do to clean out the insides of my pipes and remove the rust that is damaging our clothes and causing a neusance in the tub, toilet, and sinks?

Thanks

Chad

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richard in Chicago, Illinois

113 months ago

I have tried many iron stain removers and nothing seems to work. the best thing that i have found was 2000 flushes. that works best for long term treatment.

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gin in Chicago, Illinois

113 months ago

i do wear old cloth or the same while cleaning the things lest that should get stain.

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Tommy Blackburn

107 months ago

Chad in Coldwater, Michigan said: Every now and again we get rust stains on our clothes while doing laundry. Bathwater and tolilet water is rusty at times, too.

Is there something I can do to clean out the insides of my pipes and remove the rust that is damaging our clothes and causing a neusance in the tub, toilet, and sinks?

Thanks

Chad

In my 30 yrs experience the best thing to do is replace the pipes with pvc or cpvc pipe. There is nothing to clean the pipe with.

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Keith/plumber in Austin, Texas

101 months ago

Sounds like you have a rusty galvanized nipple or pipe somewhere you can find it or like Tommy said replace the pipe

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ray in Los Angeles, California

99 months ago

or maybe you have an undreground pipe broken

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mattscards in Houston, Texas

95 months ago

No underground broken pipe, there would be a huge leak and would have nothing to do with rust. Nothing can enter the waterline that isn't already there.(pressured lines) It is from galvanized pipes rusting and as tommy said the only thing to do is go up in the attic and little by little cut outand replace all the mains(if it runs there). I would try the mains first and then if you still have rusty water, you will have to change out all your drops as well.That will be a job because you will have to more than likely bust out some of your walls.

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PAT in Encinitas, California

94 months ago

CHANGE OUT YOUR ANGLE STOPS AND THE NIPPLES AND YOU WILL SEE HOW MUCH RUST HAS BUILT UP AND HOW CLOSED UP YOUR WATER SYSTEM IS? ON YOUR BATH, THE TUB NIPPLE SHOULD BE CHANGED ALSO. IT MAY ALSO BE
GAL. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU SHOULD REPIPE ANY WAY, BUT THIS COULD BE A
CHEAP FIX FOR YOU AT THIS TIME. YOUR WATER VOLUME SHOULD INCREASE
SOME ANYWAY AT YOUR FIXTURES AFTER YOU CHANGE YOUR STOPS? IT'S NOT
REALLY TIME AND MONEY WASTED,YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO REPIPE AT SOME POINT,SO YOU CAN USE THOSE PARTS AGAIN. GOOD LUCK AND BE CARFULL,PARTS CAN SNAP OFF INSIDE YOUR WALLS AND MAKE YOUR RUSTY WATER THE LEAST OF YOUR PROBLEMS. (HIRE A PLUMBER)

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robert in Lehigh Acres, Florida

93 months ago

There is a cleaner you can get at the doller store that works great for toilets and bath, its called "THE WORKS". I live in Florida don't know if it is sold elsewhere. Iron Out works great for white cloths. Hope this helps.

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Lou in IngÄ, Finland

69 months ago

Repipe sure....copper, cpvc, Aqua-Pex!
You could also look for a simple filter and install that at the connection to your washer!

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Plumb Bob in Toronto, Ontario

69 months ago

The pipes are already full of rust and calcium it's caked on ,you wouldn't get it off with TNT , its galvanized pipe , a filter won't do anything d a !!!!! Take it from a Plumber that rips out 25 story buildings full of that pipe and re-pipes with copper !!!! Save your time and future headaches !!!!!!!

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Connie in Covington, Louisiana

62 months ago

I have two faucets that the water is coming out brown. Would this be a pipe problem or water company problem?

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kenny in Colonial Heights, Virginia

59 months ago

change your pipes

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Phil in Tecumseh, Michigan

13 months ago

Chad in Coldwater, Michigan said: Every now and again we get rust stains on our clothes while doing laundry . Bathwater and tolilet water is rusty at times, too.

Is there something I can do to clean out the insides of my pipes and remove the rust that is damaging our clothes and causing a neusance in the tub, toilet, and sinks?

Thanks

Chad


What no one has seed to ask an all just assuming is you have galvanized pipes but like my home with all copper plumbing an apex coming from pump. But my rust issue comes from my well an good iron filter should take care of it if that's the case I did have a lot of build up in my pipes and since the new filters has no demons he's to just a staining upon the inside of the pipes I did have to remove all the screens an shower heads after installing the filters an run the water time to time to have it wash the sediment that has built up in there but like the other have said if you do have galvanized plumbing you should swap it out my first home I bought was an older home with that kind of pipe an as I would change it out ya could barely see thru the pipe even tho it was a 3/4 pipe it was so corroded with rust an hard water build up a good cheap an easy to install solution would be to go with cpvc it's as simple as using the cutter an gluing with the proper glue ya don't use the same glue as you do with drain pipe pvc it's normally a orange color for the higher pressure cpvc pipe but for maybe $500 max you could damn near replace your entires home water lines with this if you do it your self an hopefully you have a basement cause crawl spaces suck. Good luck

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Phil in Ann Arbor, Michigan

12 months ago

mattscards in Houston, Texas said: No underground broken pipe, there would be a huge leak and would have nothing to do with rust. Nothing can enter the waterline that isn't already there.(pressured lines) It is from galvanized pipes rusting and as tommy said the only thing to do is go up in the attic and little by little cut outand replace all the mains(if it runs there). I would try the mains first and then if you still have rusty water, you will have to change out all your drops as well.That will be a job because you will have to more than likely bust out some of your walls.

Not always is it galvanized pipes causing this he never mentioned if he has well water or not I personally have well water an in my area iron sediment is an issue a good iron filter will fix this some confuse a water softener as an iron filter an tho some do look a like there is a difference. So I guess the real question is does this man have well water an if not what kind of plumbing second. I've owned a very old home prior to my recent home an it had galvanized tho I did have water pressure issues in some spots no where near the amount of rust stains as I get from this well water that all cleared from my iron filter

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