4  FM quick reads on Drain cleaning

1. Tips for Managing Water Systems in Existing Buildings


Problems in drain lines are no justification for wasteful consumption. Instead, consider these tips for managing waste systems in existing buildings:

  • When replacing fixtures with lower-flow models, inspect drain lines for corrosion and other conditions that obstruct the flow.
  • Clean waste lines when replacing fixtures.
  • Consider using toilet paper with lower tensile strength for lines prone to clogging.
  • Carefully consider reduced fixture flow rates for toilet fixtures located at the beginning of long horizontal runs.
  • During product specification, consider the placement of high-efficiency toilets and other nearby fixtures within the system.
  • Discourage building occupants from flushing paper towels and other items not meant for the sanitary system.
  • Consider the suitability of the waste-pipe material and maintenance procedures before connecting waterless fixtures.
From a sustainability perspective, we need to think more broadly about conserving the water facilities use daily, as well as about maintaining existing buildings so they provide long-term value for the resources they require during construction and operation. For plumbing systems, this means considering water-conservation measures, as well as the way decisions are inherently tied to waste systems and their ability to operate efficiently.


How to Find Proper Drain-Cleaning Equipment

To make sure drain-cleaning equipment can handle the most demanding plumbing maintenance tasks in a facility, include answers to these questions in specifications:

  • What is the range of pipe inside diameters to be cleaned?
  • What power source is required? Electric? Pneumatic? Manual?
  • What kinds of fittings are required? Screw-type? Root cutter? Short radius for sharp turns?
  • What length cable? 25 feet? 50 feet? Longer?
  • Are the proper type backflow preventers specified to protect the potable water supply when using flushing hoses?
When using a pressure washer for drain cleaning, the two most important questions to ask before selecting nozzles are: What is the machine's flow in gallons per minute? What is the machine's pressure in pounds per square inch?

Higher flow rates result in faster cleaning of loosened material.


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