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mitadiarb
Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

The supplie line to my toilet is not running. I cleared as much water out of the line as I could and poured CLR into the line. This worked for a few days but then the water stopped flowing again,so I repeated the procedure and again this worked for about 24 hours. I repeated the procedure again but the line won't open. Is there anything that I can use besides CLR to disolve a mineral deposit that would work better or am I screwed?

dj1
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

What kind of water pipe do you have there?

CLR will not fix damages that took many years to form. In most cases, a pipe replacement will do the job.

mitadiarb
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

Thats what I was afraid of this is going to be a major pain. I am going to have to trar out drywall that was just replaced a year ago so I can get to the pipe. If I was rich I would have the plumbing replaced as they moved this house here in 1961 my water is very hard I am surprized that I haven't had more of the same problem elsewhere in the house. I get to play home fixit guy again!!!

dj1
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

Do you know if your pipes are metal or plastic? copper or galvanized?

Does this particular pipe run horizontally or vertically?

Does it have a nipple coming out the wall?

All the above information is essential in making a decision on what to do next.

Look at this, this way: at least you have a home to take care of!

mitadiarb
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

The pipe is copper it runs vertically it comes into the bathroom from the basement. When I run a coat hanger it goes down about a foot then I hit an obstruction, either its an elbow or a mineral deposit.

dj1
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

Do me a favor and run this simple test:

- Shut off the angle stop and empty the toilet tank.
- Disconnect the flex supply from the bottom of the tank.
- Place a bucket there, put the flex in the bucket and slowly turn the angle stop on.

Is any water coming out?

Plz report back.

mitadiarb
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

I already did that. It is the supplie line. I get water everywhere else in the house including the bathroom, just not to the toilet

dj1
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

Well, you sound like you already know what's wrong, so go ahead and do it.

mitadiarb
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

Strangest thing the water started flowing again.

mitadiarb
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

Well I spoke to soon. The water quit flowing again. I don't get it why does it work one day but not the next? any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!!

farmer52
Re: Supplie line calcium/lime deposit

Copper usually does not form a heavy lime scale.

Could you have something that broke free from further back in the water supply? Like a chunk of rust. If the house was moved in the 60's and it wasn't completly re-plumbed there may be some galvanized in there somewhere. That would really get a heavy build up.

Do you have a softner? Dosen't sound like it. But if you do and it has failed, the media inside can get loose and plug things up. Toilets and their valves are very susceptible.

If you have the flex line off and running into a bucket, try turning the water off & on, quickly a few times to get a little water hammer going. Might break the obstruction loose and flush it out. First be sure your main valve works.

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