Have you started noticing yellow or orange beads in your plumbing system? These typically appear in the toilet, sink or bathtub–but don’t worry, they’re not harmful or toxic. if not dealt with promptly, what they can do is clog the smaller passages in your fixtures and appliances. Here Oak Plumbing, the experts in leaking kitchen faucet repair and other plumbing services, discuss resin beads and how to get rid of them.
What are resin beads?
Resin beads are microporous aluminosilicate minerals in the form of yellow and orange beads, also called zeolites, that are used to purify water. They’re found in the brine tank of your water softener. A membrane or screen holds these resin beads inside the unit, but there are cases where you could find them inside your pipes or in your cold water faucet filter.
Why are they appearing in your plumbing system?
The most common reason for finding resin beads in your plumbing system is that the water softener screen has failed because it’s torn or eroded, leaving the resin beads free to move through your plumbing. Another reason could be that your water heater’s plastic intake tube has dissolved, though this is more often seen with older water heaters. If your existing water heating system has already gone beyond its life expectancy, then you’re due for an upgrade! You can count on Oak Plumbing, your trusted plumbing experts in the area, for high-quality tankless water heaters that ensure reliable energy-saving performance.
How do you remove resin beads from your plumbing?
You’ll know the membrane holding the resin beads is already broken when your faucets start having low water pressure. You can prevent additional beads from moving through your plumbing system by engaging “bypass mode” on your water softener. This means water will no longer pass through the unit, ensuring that the beads will remain safely inside. Avoid running any water, especially hot water, while this is going on, because the beads will then leak into the water heater–which is another problem altogether.
As with most plumbing issues, it’s best to have clogs caused by resin beads addressed by professionals like those at Oak Plumbing. As the best plumbers in the area, we’ll make sure your water softener is repaired promptly and efficiently. We’ll also thoroughly flush the resin beads out of your pipes so they don’t cause congestion, then expertly clean and replace the beads in your water softener.
Look no further than Oak Plumbing for the highest quality solutions to your plumbing problems. We proudly serve Vacaville and Benicia, CA, along with the surrounding areas. Call us today at (707) 448-3567 or fill out this contact form to schedule your evaluation.