Whether you have used exposed copper piping for its pleasing aesthetic or have a system with unseen copper piping, regular cleaning and maintenance are recommended to clean both the inside and outside of the pipes.
Although copper pipes are strong and resistant, regular cleaning keeps the pipes as efficient as the day they were installed. Their lifespan is increased with proper maintenance of both the inside and outside. Water carries magnesium and calcium, which can lead to limescale; in turn, this can corrode your pipes.


Copper pipes can be cleaned internally with a chemical flush method; however, this has risks associated with contamination and toxins entering the drinking water supply. The chemical method is therefore only a short-term solution and should not be carried out on a regular basis.

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Using a natural acid-based cleaner is ideal for cleaning copper pipes. White vinegar can either be flushed through the system, followed by a cold-water flush, or copper pipes can be removed and soaked in a white vinegar solution overnight.

The vinegar flush method may leave drinking water with a slight aftertaste of vinegar, but this is less harmful and hazardous than leaving a chemical residue.

Warm soapy water followed by a paste made with lemon juice and baking soda is a great all-natural method of removing dirt and tarnish from the outside of copper pipes.

Copper pipe suppliers

Copper pipes come in a variety of sizes and with a range of fittings and connections. They are suitable mediums for water, gas, oil, steam, and food. A pipeline merchant such as https://watkinspowis.co.uk/products/copper-pipe-fittings-and-press-systems/ will be able to give you advice on which size is best suited to your project and which copper pipe connectors you should use.

A system constructed from copper piping can be installed with a water softener to prevent any issues with mineral build-up. Again, a trusted and reputable supplier can provide you with advice and recommendations.

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Alternatively, copper piping makes for a great decorative feature when crafting items such as towel rails, candelabras, or even light fittings.

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