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How to Clean Scale From Drain Pipes

By Bertha M. Chambers, eHow Contributor
updated: June 7, 2010
Certain chemicals and minerals in water often form hard and crusty, chalk-like deposits, or "scale," on surfaces such as the openings and interiors of drain pipes. The amount of cleaning required to remove scale depends on the amount of mineral and other particles in the water and the amount of drain pipe cleaning you perform on a regular basis. Cleaning drain pipes of scale, requires that you treat the pipes at least once monthly with a homemade cleaning solution or commercial drain pipe scale removal product that contains ingredients that break up or dissolve deposits.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Instructions
Things You'll Need:
Water
Pots or dippers
Gloves
Baking soda
White vinegar
Mask
Commercial drain pipe scale remover
1
Boil 4 cups of water in a pot or dipper.
2
Put on a pair of gloves and remove any debris such as food or hair from the drain pipe opening.
3
Pour the first pot/dipper of boiled water down the drain and wait 10 minutes.
4
Heat 2 cups of white vinegar in a pot.
5
Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda into the drain opening, put on a mask and then pour the white vinegar into the opening. Wait 20 to 40 minutes. While waiting, boil another 4 cups of water.
6
Flush the drain with the boiled water.
7
Repeat a second time if necessary.
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Tips & Warnings
If the hot water, baking soda and vinegar solution doesn't dislodge the scale after two attempts, pour a commercial drain pipe scale remover into the drain opening. Wait 20 minutes, or as directed on the product packaging, and flush with cool tap water.
If a commercial product doesn't remove the scale, hire a plumber.
To reduce the amount of cleaning needed to remove scale from the pipes in the future, consider installation of a water softener system that can break down the minerals in the water before use.
Always wear safety gear when cleaning drain pipes---whether using homemade or commercial solutions---as cleaning the pipes can release hazardous fumes from interactions between the cleaners and/or hot water and grease, food, microorganisms or other debris. Flushing pipes with hot rather than cool water when using a commercial scale remover can also release toxic fumes.
Never use any method outlined in this article if attempting to clean a kitchen drain pipe that has a garbage disposal in the drain opening without first consulting the garbage disposal manufacturer as any chemicals or boiled water may cause permanent damage to the disposal.
Always consult with your doctor before installing a water softener system if you have a sodium restricted diet as softened water can contain high levels of sodium.


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Products for Cleaning Scale From Drain Pipes
By Dan Navarro, eHow Contributor
updated: December 31, 2009
I want to do this! What's This?
Limestone scale is a hard, chalky deposit found primarily in hot water heaters, bathroom pipes, kettles and any other areas where hot water flows regularly. The most common cause of scale is so-called "hard water," water that contains large amounts of calcium and other minerals. Scale exists in areas where cooler water flows as well (air-dried kitchen utensils, sink taps, tiles around kitchen sinks and in bathrooms), but it is much more common in heated-water areas due to the hard water evaporating and attaching to surfaces.
Vinegar
The most common non-chemical way of removing scale is to use a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar. This method is effective, however, it can easily damage bathroom and kitchen fixtures if not washed off frequently during cleaning.
CLR Removal
CLR (Calcium-Lime-Rust) removal products are advertised as a safe, non-abrasive formula that will remove scale without harming bath tub enamel, porcelain or other kitchen/bathroom fixtures.
Water-Softening Systems
Water-softening systems are a filtration system designed to remove the majority of calcium/mineral mixtures before the water reaches the pipe system. These systems are easy to install and maintain, but are primarily used in laboratories and business due to their higher cost.
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References
EnvironmentalExpert.com: Water Softening System
IVE.org.UK: Removal of Limescale From Vitreous Enamel
Resources
ShopCLR.com: Calcium-Lime-Rust Removal


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