All water lines collect sediment, it's normal. They also collect rust and minerals which don't cause any problems, usually. But if something has disturbed the system and that sediment has become loose, you may see discolored water (yellow or brown) and you will want to clean that up.

So, how do you clean sediment from water lines?

The first step is to clean out the aerator on your faucet. Sediment can easily get caught in there and no point in cleaning out your water lines and then leaving the sediment in the aerator.

To clean out the faucet's aerator simply follow these steps:

  1. Place a towel in the sink to cover the drain.
  2. Unscrew the tip of the faucet. If you can't do it with your hands, wrap a small towel or washcloth around it and then unscrew it with a wrench.
  3. The aerator has 3 parts to it. Remove all three and remember how they go back in!
  4. Rinse these parts with water.
  5. Place everything back and screw the aerator back on.
  6. You will want to repeat this process with all your faucets.

The next step then is to begin the process of cleaning the sediment out from your water lines. The simplest way to clean out water lines is to flush the pipes. You can easily do this by...

  • Opening three or four faucets (cold water only) at full force. Let them run for 20 minutes and you should see clear water.
  • If you do not, wait 30 minutes or so and repeat the process.
  • To add extra "oomph" - in addition to the indoor faucets running, turn on the outdoor hose at full force for 20 minutes as well.

Don't Forget The Water Heater

If you're finding (or suspect) sediment in your water lines and you are cleaning them out, you will also want to flush out your water heater to clean out the sediment in there.

Sediment buildup in a water heater is very normal and that is why we recommend that you drain / flush your water heater periodically. That means emptying the tank and cleaning it out with fresh water. If you are a handyman of sorts you can do it yourself - otherwise we recommend you call in a plumber.

Check out this video below on How To Flush A Water Heater

If you have any problems or questions about your water lines, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-443-8229. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.