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Over the weekend I'll be putting together the first stages of my cooling loop (see the first part of my build log for components). Before I start cleaning everything I have a few questions.
  1. I've read a couple of water cooling guides on this forum that suggest thoroughly cleaning every component that's in the loop which I agree is a very sensible thing to do. However, one guide suggests taking apart and stripping down the blocks and scrubbing out the inside with a toothbrush, is this really necessary and would it void the warranty on the blocks?

  2. Another question, I have a Koolance drive bay reservoir that takes 2 pumps, should I flush this through with the pumps fitted to the reservoir or should I clean the pumps separately?

  3. To what extent should I go with my cleaning/flushing regime?

  4. I also would like some advice on using this product Sys Clean, do you think it's worth using for cleaning out the whole loop or should I just use distilled water?

Thanks
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Over the weekend I'll be putting together the first stages of my cooling loop (see the first part of my build log for components). Before I start cleaning everything I have a few questions.
  1. I've read a couple of water cooling guides on this forum that suggest thoroughly cleaning every component that's in the loop which I agree is a very sensible thing to do. However, one guide suggests taking apart and stripping down the blocks and scrubbing out the inside with a toothbrush, is this really necessary and would it void the warranty on the blocks?
    I flush all my parts with vinegar and distilled

  2. Another question, I have a Koolance drive bay reservoir that takes 2 pumps, should I flush this through with the pumps fitted to the reservoir or should I clean the pumps separately?
    I would do it separately
  3. To what extent should I go with my cleaning/flushing regime?
    Clean every year or whenever the water is not longer crystal clear

  4. I also would like some advice on using this product Sys Clean, do you think it's worth using for cleaning out the whole loop or should I just use distilled water?
    Never heard of that product so I dont have a comment. I would just flush everything with vinegar / distilled

Thanks
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Would any vinegar do?
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Would any vinegar do?
pure white vinegar.
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I've read a couple of water cooling guides on this forum that suggest thoroughly cleaning every component that's in the loop which I agree is a very sensible thing to do. However, one guide suggests taking apart and stripping down the blocks and scrubbing out the inside with a toothbrush, is this really necessary and would it void the warranty on the blocks?
I flush all my parts with vinegar and distilled

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Thats what I would do.
So you wouldn't strip the blocks down, just flush them?
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Originally Posted by sniffsunderclouds View Post
Over the weekend I'll be putting together the first stages of my cooling loop (see the first part of my build log for components). Before I start cleaning everything I have a few questions.
  1. I've read a couple of water cooling guides on this forum that suggest thoroughly cleaning every component that's in the loop which I agree is a very sensible thing to do. However, one guide suggests taking apart and stripping down the blocks and scrubbing out the inside with a toothbrush, is this really necessary and would it void the warranty on the blocks?

  2. Another question, I have a Koolance drive bay reservoir that takes 2 pumps, should I flush this through with the pumps fitted to the reservoir or should I clean the pumps separately?

  3. To what extent should I go with my cleaning/flushing regime?

  4. I also would like some advice on using this product Sys Clean, do you think it's worth using for cleaning out the whole loop or should I just use distilled water?

Thanks
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always good to clean out the loop, but the toothbrush bit sounds like that would be more for an already used item. I would THINK brand new stuff would not need to be taken apart like that, just rinsed well. warranty is up to the manufacturer I believe, so you would have to check w them.

I would leave assembled if it is brand new, personally.

Can you be more specific? I would flush it prob twice or until everything looked clear.

Once again, if its all brand new stuff, I wouldn't use any kind of cleaning solution. I would later down the road if I was doing a rebuild or bought used stuff from someone.

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always good to clean out the loop, but the toothbrush bit sounds like that would be more for an already used item. I would THINK brand new stuff would not need to be taken apart like that, just rinsed well. warranty is up to the manufacturer I believe, so you would have to check w them.

I would leave assembled if it is brand new, personally.

Can you be more specific? I would flush it prob twice or until everything looked clear.

Once again, if its all brand new stuff, I wouldn't use any kind of cleaning solution. I would later down the road if I was doing a rebuild or bought used stuff from someone.

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Would you use vinegar like others have suggested or just pure distilled water?
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Would you use vinegar like others have suggested or just pure distilled water?
use a mix of vinegar and distilled i use(25% vinegar, 75% hot distilled water) then after that i just do a quick flush with cold distilled.
Ripping the blocks apart is only really called for when you notice depress in your loop or if there's growth along barbs or in the res.
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Thanks all for the feedback +1 rep to all.

I'm finding it very difficult to locate a shop that sells pure white vinegar, even our big superstore/supermarkets don't seem to stock it.
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The only time I would use vinegar is if I wanted to remove any oxidation from copper and even then I'd use lemon juice and salt as it's more effective. I can't see the point of using vinegar as a cleaning agent on a regular basis. In the past it was required to help remove the flux from rads but as most manufacturers now use a water soluble flux it isn't necessary.
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