Though your kitchen pipes aren’t as sturdy as a mild steel cement lined MSCL pipes Malaysia, they are still strong enough to support your precious water all your life. Even if you experience little to no leaks, it is still important to note that the flow of your pipes must remain smooth.
If there is buildup in your pipes, such as grease, oil or rust, the water inside will gradually slow down and you won’t be able to get as much water as you used to. The more the buildup, the higher the likelihood that your pipes will be clogged or blocked. Because of this, you need to descale your pipes at some point.
Descaling your pipes is about removing buildups inside them so you won’t have to worry about clogs or slow water flows anymore. You don’t really need to dismantle your sink or even your pipes. All you need is a drain cleaner and boiling water.
First, fill your pots with hot water to carry out the descaling. Turn off the faucets and your water heater or pressure. Turn off the water for your faucet too, depending on which you are going to descale. Then empty the faucets by turning it on and let the remaining water out until they are gone.
Now shut the faucets and fill your pipes with your drain cleaner. Wait for 15 minutes if you are using a chemical cleaner, or several hours if it is a natural cleaner instead. Boil your pots of water and pour these down the drains.
Finally, turn the water pressure or heater and water lines back on and fully open your faucet to full blast so the calcium deposits that you just broke up in the pipes flows out of your faucet.
You are now wondering what kind of chemical or natural cleaners you are going to use to descale your pipes. Here they are, depending on your preference.
Acid, bleach or lye are elements that chemical cleaners usually employ to generate heats within the pipe and break up the solid deposits. They are very effective in their jobs, but this has problems if your pipes are made of certain materials.
PVC? Forget the cleaner. These chemicals can soften the plastic and cause a leak. The same will occur if your metallic pipes are very corroded and old, and when the chemicals eat the corrosion away, you end up with a hole.
Vinegar and baking soda is a well known solution you can use to descale your pipes. A couple gallons of vinegar and a few cups of baking soda is enough to be mixed as your own natural drain cleaner.
Alternatively, you could also try to find natural cleaners in the market that use bacteria to eat away the deposits in your pipes rather than using chemicals. If you don’t have vinegar and baking soda to create your own solution, this option is for you.
Lastly, if descaling still doesn’t take away the buildup from your pipes, you may have to either take them apart and soak them in the cleaning solution, or worse, replace them with new ones.