How to Remove Resin Beads from Your Pipes

Resin Bead RemovalThe Lynnwood area is known for hard water; therefore most homes have a water softener. Most modern systems use resin beads to soften the water. These miniature, pellet-like objects, however, sometimes get lodged in the pipes. Accumulations of beads will eventually clog the pipes. Removing resin beads from the pipes typically requires a residential plumber, though sometimes a DIY fix does the trick.

How Resin Beads Get Trapped in the Pipes

Water softeners use a membrane to contain resin beads. If the membrane breaks, then the beads can make their way inside the pipes. Low water pressure is a telltale sign of a broken water softener membrane. You may also occasionally see a few resin beads come out of the drain during a backup.

Resin Bead Removal

If you suspect resin beads are backing up your pipes, then the first thing to do is to set the water softener on bypass mode. Refer to your system’s user guide for instructions. In most cases, you activate bypass mode by switching the timer-and-valve assembly off.

Once the valve is off, run cold water through all the faucets and showers to flush out the beads—be sure to remove the faucet filters and showerheads first. This also includes switching on appliances like the dishwasher and laundry machine.

On a side note, do NOT run hot water during the process. Doing so may cause beads to leak into your water heater. Removing beads from a water heater is a whole separate task.

As for the water softener, once the membrane breaks, then the entire unit needs to be replaced.

We’ll Remove the Resin Beads from Your Pipes


If the above method doesn’t fix the issue, then contact South County Plumbing. Our emergency plumbing crew is no stranger to pipes clogged with resin beads. Our discounts and deals make such services affordable. We’ll remove resin beads from the pipes as well as perform a checkup to ensure nothing else is backing up the drains.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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