Common Substances that Clog Pipes for Commercial Properties and How to Thoroughly Clean Them

Commercial properties can get dirty very quickly. The maintenance team in charge of cleaning the building do their best to make sure that the facilities are well-kept on a daily basis. However, despite the staff’s best efforts, pipes are still prone to clogging. While it doesn’t have to be done on a daily basis, cleaning pipes are not exactly the easiest job.

The sink, shower and toilet will need occasional cleaning to remove the material that is flushed down the drainage system. Scrubbing the pipes will prevent the build-up of dirt, grime and bacteria to ensure the integrity of the pipes which will save on repair or replacement costs.

Below are three of the most common substances that clog pipes:

1. Hair

Hair can quickly accumulate within a pipe as a result of showering or grooming. It is one of the most common substances that clog pipes because it can bind with gunk

2. Toiletries, paper towels and sanitary napkins

Toiletries such as bath salts, soaps and shampoos can block drains because they are either insoluble or are made with grease or fat. The residue known as soap scum can accumulate in the pipes. Many types of paper products such as toilet paper and sanitary napkins are also the cause of clogged pipes because they have either failed to dissolve completely or are mixed with plastic materials that do not dissolve in water.

3. Grease and food waste

Since food waste and grease can harden within pipes, they are also among the most common causes of clogged pipes. Even people with rubbish disposals under their sink should prevent food waste from falling into the drains. This is especially the case for tea leaves and ground coffee beans that do not break down.

Cleaning the Pipes

Cleaning pipes is generally very simple if you have the correct tools. Using some hand tools like a plunger, a snake tool and bespoke cleaning brushes for pipes, you can unclog a pipe quickly. You might want to have buckets and mops ready to clean any spills and rubbish bins to properly dispose of the substances that caused the clog.

Start by clearing out the accumulated solids that you have access to with the help of a commercial drain cleaner. Once the water has drained, remove the drain trap or p-trap and clean with bespoke pipe cleaning brushes to reach in and around the pipe to remove the gunk. You can repeat the first step after putting back the drain trap or p-trap to clean the rest of the piping system.

Maintaining the Pipes

Pipes are the backbone of a lot of commercial property systems. Invest in regular professional cleaning services several times a year to maintain the integrity of the pipes. It is better to prevent the clog rather than tackling it by implementing proper waste management and installing screens over the drains.

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