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splateee

Member
Joined
Jan 9, 2002
Location
Texas
Hi everyone, i was just wondering if it is neccessary to clean out the inside of the waterblock, and if so how often would be recommended?

Do you have to take it apart or can you just flush it out?

Thanks for answers and info :)
 

RoadWarrior

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Nov 25, 2001
Location
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
I guess it might depend what water and additives you are using, if you are using straight tap water you might expect it to get limescaled quite quickly, you could flush with vinegar or CLR or coffee machine cleaner to clear that.

If you are using distilled water but have open reservoirs then you might get biological contaminants sliming the thing. If you have a sealed system with distilled water and antifreeze or something, you probably don't need to clean it.

Road Warrior
 

Hoot

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Joined
Feb 13, 2001
Location
Twin Cities
A lot probably depends upon what mix you are using for your coolant and whether it is open to the outside world like a Bong. I haven't had one long enough to need cleaning. I guess, if you can't see inside it, you could poke a qtip down in one of the barbs and swab it around, then remove it and see what residue is on it. There are all kinds of solvents and cleaners for copper and aluminum. I'd bet one of them would work by just running it through the block.

Hoot
 
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splateee

splateee

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Jan 9, 2002
Location
Texas
Hey thaks guys for the quick responses :)

I have a swiftech system which is a sealed setup that has been setup now for 2 weeks. Just trying to get as much info on what to be looking forward to in the up and coming months.

And by the way, good job on your waterblock comparo Hoot, found it very informative.