Ever noticed tiny colored balls in your plumbing system? They usually appear in your toilet, sink, or bathtub, and while they’re not exactly harmful or toxic, the fact that they are present in any of these plumbing fixtures is a cause for concern. In this blog, residential and commercial plumbing contractor Alta Vista Plumbing Services, LLC explains everything you need to know about resin beads and ways to get rid of them.
About Resin Beads
Resin beads, also called zeolites, are found inside the brine tank of a water softener. They play a crucial role in filtering minerals from hard water like calcium and magnesium. A brine solution then flows through the tank and rinses the beads to remove the particles. While these are being flushed from the tank, some of the minerals adhere to the balls over time. That’s one reason why salt is added every few weeks to ensure the beads are clean.
Why Resin Beads Clog Your Plumbing?
A screen or membrane inside the water softener unit keeps the resin balls out of your residential plumbing. Aging, however, causes it to erode or get torn, causing the beads to escape and find their way to your pipes and end up lodged inside your showerheads and faucet aerators. The same thing could happen to your water heater if its plastic intake tube is dissolved. It is an indication that either unit is already past its lifespan and must be replaced with a new one.
Dealing With Resin Beads in Your Plumbing
If you notice the water isn’t coming out as forcefully in your showers or faucets, it could mean the beads are already in your plumbing system. You can prevent them from moving further into your pipes by engaging the water softener’s “bypass mode.” Water will no longer pass through it, keeping the beads inside the unit.
As with most plumbing issues, clogs caused by resin beads are best left in the hands of skilled plumbers from Alta Vista Plumbing Services, LLC. Get in touch with us by calling (512) 713-0226 or filling out our contact form to schedule an appointment.