Mineral Deposits in Water Heaters: Not a Concern
LESLIE: Terry in Kansas, you are live on The Money Pit. What can we do for you?
TERRY: I built a house in 1975 and when I built it an old contractor told me the best heat was hydronic heat.
TOM: OK. He was right.
TERRY: I put in the hydronic heat but the last few years the more I think about it, how do I keep or test or get rid of calcium that might be inside of the pipes or my heat pipes? Is there a product I can run through it?
TOM: You know, not that I’m aware of but I don’t think – I’ve never read that that’s much of a problem. When you have – the water inside the pipe, it’s fairly stagnant; you know, it doesn’t get refreshed very frequently. Only, you know, once in a blue moon do you have to add water to that. Because it doesn’t have a lot of oxygen it flows almost no rust inside of those pipes. And so, you know, mineral deposits are really not a concern because you’re only going to have the minerals that’s in, basically, the water at any one time. It’s not like it’s building up like in a water heater where it can build up because you’re always running new water through it over and over and over again. I don’t really think that’s much of a concern.
TERRY: Alright, sounds great. Thank you.
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