Date Published:

June 23, 2023


What is pipe descaling and how does it work?

Slow pipes or clogged drains are extremely annoying. Luckily, pipe descaling is an excellent solution. If your pipes are left unchecked for long periods, scale depositions will slow down water pressure and can even burst your pipes. Here at Capital Plumbing Edmonton, we offer complete pipe descaling services to ensure your pipes are freely flowing. 

Let’s get to know what pipe descaling is and how it effectively removes pipe buildup. 

What is Scale?

Over time, mineral deposits, rust, and grease can build up in your pipes. If the water passing through the pipes contains a significant amount of minerals, the inner surface of your pipes gets coated with those minerals. 

Afterward, it starts attracting solids from the passing water and gets clogged or blocked. This buildup on the inner side of the pipe is called scale, which is really a big nuisance for homeowners.

How is Pipe Descaling Done?

Pipe descaling involves the removal of scale from the inner side of the pipe, leading to a free flow of water. This is a safe method and does not cause any damage to your pipes. 

Pipe descaling is performed by a professional plumber. The process can be undergone in two ways:

  1. Hydro jetting
  2. Chemical descaling

Your local plumber will examine your property, assess the level of scaling, and decide which process will work best.

Hydro Jetting

In case of severe clogging, a hydro jet is leveraged to blast water at high pressure through the pipes. This water will wash away the buildup and clean the pipes for a smooth flow. Sometimes, your plumber may attach a descaling nozzle to the jet. The high-pressure water will rotate the chain attached to the nozzle, scrubbing off the mineral and rust buildup in the pipes. 

Chemical Descaling

Where hydro jetting is not possible, or scale buildup is not so severe, chemical descaling is recommended. Here your plumber will use a chemical, mostly an acidic solution, to break the buildup and flush it away. 

Take Away

Pipe descaling is an effective, convenient, and cost-effective way to remove pipe buildup, prolonging the life of your plumbing. If slow or clogged pipes are annoying you, let Capital Plumbing and Heating Edmonton perform descaling to fix this big nuisance. 

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