Using a concrete dissolver for drains is the best way to fix many mistakes made during construction. Construction workers become so rushed to finish a project that they are sloppy in their use of concrete. This sloppy use causes concrete to find its way into unwanted places.
Croc Crete is professionally developed to soften concrete, making it easy to remove from unwanted places. This powerful solution attacks concrete at its core, breaking it down into its liquid form. Then contractors can clean it away using a water jet or a wet/dry vac. It’s that easy.
During renovations or home repairs, cement is accidentally spilled around drains. The liquid mixture seeps into the drainage system and clings to the sides of pipes where it hardens. This likely occurs around bends in the PVC pipes. As a result, water moves more slowly through the pipes.
In most cases, the blockage is small enough that it’s not noticeable right away. But over time, other particles cling to the concrete and slowly clog the drain until it backs up. Homeowners try to unclog the drain and it might work a few times. But eventually, the blockage becomes so severe that conventional repair is not possible.
Clearing concrete from the drainage system while it’s still wet is the best-case scenario. Of course, that’s not always possible so we’ll look at some methods that get rid of concrete once it has hardened.
This is the best method of removing hardened concrete from a drainage system. Croc Crete is a cement softener that attacks concrete at its core. It transforms cement back to its liquid form, allowing you to work it through the drain. This product is the best on the market and is completely biodegradable. So it’s safe for sewage and septic systems.
The following methods are not as effective. They also risk expensive damage to the pipes.
This is a common method used by plumbers to clear the drainage system. It’s a short-term solution when concrete is the foundation of the problem. A plumber comes in and runs their snake down the drain. They work it until water starts flowing down the drain.
The problem is that the plumber’s snake is removing the excess particle blockage. But it doesn’t get rid of the underlying cause which is the hardened cement. So the blockage will occur again over time.
High-pressure jetting blasts water through the pipes in hopes of taking the hardened cement with it. It is effective in some cases. The problem is that it requires a lot of water pressure to remove concrete. Blasting water at this velocity will put a lot of stress on the PVC connectors. The high pressure breaks the seal around these connectors, causing leaks and other expensive damage.
In short, high-pressure jet blasting works but it will also compromise the overall drainage system.
Acid is the most damaging solution on this list and is not recommended. Yes, acid destroys hardened cement. It also destroys everything in its path, including the drainage system! Pvc connector seals will be damaged, leading to severe and expensive leaks.
Only consider acid as a last resort.
If the contaminated pipe is easy to access, then replacing it might be more affordable than any option on this list. This is rare, but possible. In most cases, replacement is only considered when the cement blockage is too severe for other options to work.
Don’t panic if your pipes get clogged with concrete from a mishap. There are several steps you can take to get rid of pesky concrete. Replacing pipes is expensive so follow these tips before taking that drastic step.
Flush the drains with water. This will solve the problem if it’s done before the concrete has a chance to harden. Flushing the drain is the least expensive option. But it only works immediately after the mishap.
If the concrete has already hardened, then mechanical tools will remove it. Professionals have access to the right tools. Plus they have the expertise. The problem is that this method can damage the pipes and lead to expensive repairs. Use mechanical tools as a backup option.
Using concrete dissolvers for drains is the best solution. A concrete dissolver will convert concrete back to its liquid form. The drain is then unclogged using water. This is the safest solution.
Croc Crete is the best concrete dissolver for drains. Contact us today to learn more. Croc Crete is for professional use only. Homeowners should not try using this solution.
The image below shows how Croc Crete is able to clear concrete blockages in sewer pipes.