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Date Published:

November 3, 2022


The Importance of Pipe Descaling

Even the slightest plumbing issue can be frustrating if the problem, or its origin, is hard to isolate. A surprising number of plumbing-related problems are caused due to a consistent buildup of hardened grease, debris, and oil stuck inside the pipes. This leads to common issues, such as leakages and reduced water flow.

If you suspect any of these problems, don’t wait to contact Capital Plumbing for help.

What is Pipe Descaling?

In the plumbing industry, the buildup within your pipes is called “scale.” Out of all the types of pipes, such as PVC, ABS, and copper, Cast-iron pipes get the worst scale buildup. Pipe descaling involves clearing the pipes of all that buildup. 

Descaling your pipes involves the use of high-pressure nozzles or chemicals. It requires a bit of plumbing expertise, and it’s better to reach out to a local plumber for the fix. 

Why Is Pipe Descaling Important?

The buildup within your pipes will reduce and, in severe cases, even block the water flow. The buildup in your sewage or drainage pipes can lead to frequent backflows and blocked sewer lines. 

Descaling your pipes is a great way to ensure they work like new. It’s the easiest precaution you can take to avoid any severe damage, such as leaks or bursts. If there’s anything unusual going on with your water flow, it’s better to call an emergency plumber to examine the problem. 

It’s such a convenient solution because you don’t even have to stop using any utilities while your pipes are being descaled.

Hydro Jetting vs Chemical Descaling 

These two methods are a regular practice for descaling because of their effectiveness. Hydro jetting and descaling the pipes will make them function like new ones. These methods require specialized equipment. Therefore, you’ll need a local plumber to descale your pipes.

Hydro Jetting 

Pipes that are heavily clogged require hydro jetting treatment. This method involves using highly pressurized water to remove blockages and clear the pipes. Once the pipes are cleared, a descaling nozzle with a rotating chain attached is inserted into the pipe. The nozzle rotates within these pipes to remove any grease or debris stuck to the sides and ensures that the pipes are clear.  

Chemical Descaling 

This method is used when there are no serious blockages in the pipe and can also serve as a precautionary treatment. It involves using acidic chemicals that dissolve the scale buildup in the pipes. 

Call An Expert 

If you notice any irregularities with your water flow, it is best not to wait. Reach out to Capital Plumbing to have an expert descale your pipes to fix any major problems such as leaks or backflows.

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