Are you a construction HVAC contractor who has wondered if it’s worth it to clean certain less-obvious parts of an office piping system? The truth is that specialty pipe cleaning and taking regular care of these add-ons to existing or new piping systems is essential and can yield many advantages. Even the smallest blockages, dirt debris, or oils and grease can create major issues in a building, so it’s imperative to address them before they cause the problem and as quickly as possible.
Many engineers and property owners today have increasingly placed great importance on pipe cleaning, flushing, draining, and maintenance.
Top Benefits of Specialty Pipe Cleaning
There are multiple benefits of specialty pipe cleaning, but here are three that deserve particular attention.
Removal of Harmful Bacteria
One of the many things that can accumulate in specialty pipes and HVAC equipment is bacteria. A study conducted by engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018 revealed bacteria in tap water and in pipes can multiply if a faucet goes unused for several days. Some types of bacteria, like Legionella, can cause serious health issues in your lungs such as Legionnaires’ disease, which is a severe form of pneumonia. A less severe disease known as Pontiac fever can also arise due to harmful bacteria.
Other examples of harmful bacteria often found in water include E. Coli, Giardia Lamblia, and Cryptosporidium.
Eradication of Debris & Foulants Prevent Foul Odors
Whenever pipes sit stagnant with water in an office or industrial setting, process bacteria begin to grow and the system becomes filled with unpleasant odors, slime and acidic conditions that originate from incoming water, and the surface conditions on the new or existing pipe due to harmful particles in the air, particulate left to accumulate on surfaces in piping yards or equipment which has been laid up with anti-freeze protection or glycol.
One of the most effective items you can use to address this type of issue is biocide and dispersants. These will move the particulate and bacteria into a solution and kill the bacteria within a six hour window.
A professional pipe cleaning company should be certified to utilize high-grade tools to carry out its services. Thus, everyone in the area where you are cleaning can rest assured that they are safe and will continue to be so for a substantial period of time. Nevertheless, it’s important to choose your cleaning products carefully. The unfortunate truth is that many supplies available for purchase in stores can negatively impact your plumbing work (wear and tear). Therefore, you should always verify that you are using the correct chemicals when performing any pipe/equipment cleaning tasks.
One other major advantage of specialty pipe cleaning is that this process can ultimately help you save a significant amount of time and money in the long run. According to homeowners’ information website HouseLogic.com (which is offered by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®), copper pipes can last up to 50 years or more, galvanized steel pipes can last between 20 and 50 years, and cast iron drain lines have a lifespan between 75 and 100 years.
Problems that can frequently occur due to a lack of proper, routine maintenance include burst pipes, water contamination, and higher water bills. All piping systems can also become corroded, and layers of bacteria called biofilms can affix themselves to the interior walls of water pipes and to each other, especially around rusted surfaces on pipes. These groups of bacteria can eventually accumulate to the point where they form a coating that resembles plaque. If the commercial industrial property you are working on is surrounded by contaminants such as dust, welding slag, brazing material, oils greases, or other debris.
Work with the Water Treatment Solutions Experts
Speak to the professionals at Tower Water to learn more about the benefits of specialty pipe cleaning. Located in New York City, Tower Water has been serving customers in the greater NYC area since 1992.
Although we started as just a small cooling tower cleaning company, we have since grown into a nearly a 50 person organization that offers an extensive array of water treatment solutions, including HVAC water treatment, assessments, filtration solutions, Twifi (a cellular Internet package designed for remote communication), and specialty pipe cleaning.
Concerning specialty pipe cleaning, the Tower Water team has experience testing all treated systems and removing undesirable chemical compounds such as Glycol. Call Tower Water today at (646) 934-6878 or contact us online to schedule a consultation or for more information about our pipe cleaning services.