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Old 04-24-2017, 01:53 PM   #1
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Clearing water lines of calcium buildup

I have a Wolfpup 16FB and keep getting the filters clogged with calcium. I was told to disconnect the water line from the fresh water tank, run it into a bucket of vinegar, and run the pump to get the vinegar into all water lines. I then let it sit for a few hours, re-attach the line to the tank and run fresh water through the tank several times to flush out the vinegar.

The pump on my TT is very hard to access and I don't know how much vinegar to get.

Is there a better (or easier) way to clean the water lines? If not, how much vinegar will I need?
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Old 04-24-2017, 01:58 PM   #2
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If your rig is set up with a winterizing line use that to pump a solution of vinegar and water into your rig, remove all the screens on the faucets and shower head before you flush.
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Old 04-24-2017, 01:58 PM   #3
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I have a Wolfpup 16FB and keep getting the filters clogged with calcium. I was told to disconnect the water line from the fresh water tank, run it into a bucket of vinegar, and run the pump to get the vinegar into all water lines. I then let it sit for a few hours, re-attach the line to the tank and run fresh water through the tank several times to flush out the vinegar.

The pump on my TT is very hard to access and I don't know how much vinegar to get.

Is there a better (or easier) way to clean the water lines? If not, how much vinegar will I need?
You might want to check the anode in your water heater as well. That could be where some of it is coming from. Drain and flush the water heater as well.
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Old 04-24-2017, 02:13 PM   #4
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I have a Wolfpup 16FB and keep getting the filters clogged with calcium. I was told to disconnect the water line from the fresh water tank, run it into a bucket of vinegar, and run the pump to get the vinegar into all water lines. I then let it sit for a few hours, re-attach the line to the tank and run fresh water through the tank several times to flush out the vinegar.

The pump on my TT is very hard to access and I don't know how much vinegar to get.

Is there a better (or easier) way to clean the water lines? If not, how much vinegar will I need?
What filters?
If you are speaking of the aerators on the faucets then take Iwritecode's advice and look at the anode in the water heater. Remove and buy a wand to flush the tank.

Most slow running faucets/toilets come from crap in the hot water tank. It gets sucked (unsuspectingly) back in the lines when you use the low point drains and don't close off the bypass valves. It then settles in the plumbing and gets pushed everywhere next time you pressurize the system, clogging things up.

If you are speaking about an actual whole house type water filter then you have some big problems somewhere in your water supply that would cause calcium build up in the plumbing. This would be very uncommon.
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Gee, didn't know my toilet had hot water going to it.....maybe can heat the seat....
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The "calcium" is most likely debris from the anode rod. Unlikely calcium will build up in non metallic lines. Have you ever replace the anode rod, or rinsed your water heater tank. The aerator screens are most likely plugged in your faucets. Toilet shouldn't be bothered since no hot water goes to it. BTW if you remove the anode rod (1 1/16" socket) make sure there is no hot water or pressure in the system or wear a bathing suit.
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Gee, didn't know my toilet had hot water going to it.....maybe can heat the seat....
It doesn't.

But if you use your low point drains without isolating your HWH, you pull crap backwards out of the HWH into the cold water line. It can then go into the toilet line next time you pressurize and use the system.
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Not unless you create a vacumn.....
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Not unless you create a vacumn.....
I would assume most of us open the low point drains and then open our faucets, hence no vacuum. If not, there's no point in opening the low point drains.
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What filters?
If you are speaking of the aerators on the faucets then take Iwritecode's advice and look at the anode in the water heater. Remove and buy a wand to flush the tank.

Most slow running faucets/toilets come from crap in the hot water tank. It gets sucked (unsuspectingly) back in the lines when you use the low point drains and don't close off the bypass valves. It then settles in the plumbing and gets pushed everywhere next time you pressurize the system, clogging things up.

If you are speaking about an actual whole house type water filter then you have some big problems somewhere in your water supply that would cause calcium build up in the plumbing. This would be very uncommon.
Which is why I put a check valve in the freshwater feed to my water heater...
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