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RobGRobG Member Posts: 1,850
Does anyone know of a good product for clearing out mineral deposits in a urinal/ piping? The piping is PVC and the build-up is like concrete. I can barely get my snake through it and it still drains more slowly than the flush valve can fill it. I normally try to stay away from jobs like this but it's a friends restaurant and now that I have messed with it. I own it. Any help would be appreciated.




  • boileropboilerop Member Posts: 4

    Santeen, CLR, or Calci-Lime or whatever are all very good at clearing out urine salts.  It'll foam up quite a bit but it'll clear out some stuff that's for sure.  You might have to use a screwdriver and a snake to clear a path for it.. Btw, those cheap hardware store snakes are not going to cut it.  A supervee can be had for 200 bucks used and will clean any small drain with the right cables and tips.

    These products are also great at clearing out calcium deposits in toilets.  FIrst use a coat hanger to clear out the jets and then pour the product down the overflow tube.  Watch the nastiness pour out of the jets and rinse/repeat as necessary.  If the urinal is old it wouldn't be a bad idea to take the flushometer off the urinal and do the same thing to help it flush better.

    Just don't use bleach!  :)
  • RobGRobG Member Posts: 1,850
    edited February 2013

  • RobGRobG Member Posts: 1,850
    edited February 2013

    Tried the CLR and let it sit overnight and then used a Ridged K-50 with1/4" cable drum (no head on the cable, just a bend at the tip). Any other ideas?

    What is Santeen? does it work better than CLR?


  • Paul48Paul48 Member Posts: 4,492
    edited February 2013

    This wasn't a foreclosure property, was it? If so, it might be concrete.
  • pipekingpipeking Member Posts: 252

    has a bunch of really good stuff. SIZZLE comes to mind, it is very strong and u have to dilute it, but it will clean any mineral deposits u have guaranteed. wear glasses and a face mask, if u have a full face sheild use that.  READ THE DIRECTIONS!!!
  • RobGRobG Member Posts: 1,850
    No forclosure

    Paul, no foreclosure, just an old urinal and piping.

    Pipeking, will Sizzle damage the pipes?

    As well, I have not pulled the urinal, just snaked it. (I am trying to avoid that if I can help it, I can not think of a more disgusting job). I HATE URINALS!  That's one of the many reasons that I left plumbing for heating.

    Any more ideas?

  • icesailoricesailor Member Posts: 7,265
    Clean Urinals:

    I have never ever been able to get any kind of a snake through a urinal. I have found that Muriatic acid at the highest strength , 40%? works. pour it in and let it sit for a while, then flush with water. I repeat it over and over. At first, I have to be careful that it doesn't foam over.

    I've tried other things, they don't work as well as Muriatic Acid.

    I've never tried it on PVC oioe though,
  • MikeL_2MikeL_2 Member Posts: 247

    I've used this Apex product to dissolve mineral deposits in plumbing fixtures, and tankless coils; it is safe to handle, and extremely effective.
  • Mad Dog_2Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 3,463
    I believe that is Albumin....

    Protein from is like concrete. You can spend hours messing around with snakes and chemicals which can be nasty dangerous. If I cant get it with a snake after 15 minutes now...its direct replacement. It takes years to get THAT clogged. Mad Dog
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  • jonny88jonny88 Member Posts: 1,139
    with maddog

    sawzall and replace
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