Re: Sediment in plumbing - any way to clear it out and keep it out?
First, install a whole-house sediment filter on the incoming water line. The housing will set you back around $40-60, and the filter elements are less than $10 each. The cost of installation depends on the type of plumbing you have, whether or not you do it yourself, and bid from plumbers (which can vary widely even in a narrow geographic area).
Depending on the amount of sediment in your water, you'll probably have to replace the element every 2 weeks to 2 months -- whenever you notice the water pressure dropping. Most brands of filter housings use an element of universal dimensions, so if you shop carefully for the housing you won't be locked into a particular brand of element.
I use string-wound 10 micron filters I purchase from Amazon.com. It's the cheapest source available to me. Charcoal filter elements are also available if you have sulfur odors in your water, but if you don't have bad odors simple sediment filters will work just fine.
As for clearing out the sediment, that will take time once you get the filter in place. After I installed a filter, it took nearly a year before I stopped seeing sediment flow through my faucets. You can speed this up by opening faucets (remove the aerators first) and banging on the pipes, especially at the fittings where the sediment will settle.
HOWEVER... if you have old galvanized steel pipes, you may never get rid of the problem until you replace the pipes. These pipes are vulnerable to rust (specifically at fittings) and that rust can flake off and plug up your faucet screens and aerators.
Last edited by Fencepost; 04-18-2014 at 12:48 PM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.