Cleaning products for plumbing and pipe cleaning

Sale of Cleaning Products for Plumbing and Pipe Cleaning

Are you looking for effective means for cleaning plumbing fixtures on a yacht? Good news: you are in the section of the topRik marketplace, where reliable specialized compounds from the best manufacturers of marine chemicals have already been selected for you.

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To choose the right cleaning products for plumbing and pipe cleaning for a yacht, as well as the tanks, taps, pipes, pumps, plumbing products included here, you should know very well what materials they are made of, what functions they perform and how they are connected to each other in a single, sometimes very branched scheme.

It all starts with the deck filler neck, from where water flows through a hose into the tank. Flexible water tanks are used when internal spaces are limited on small vessels. They do not require fasteners and, when filled, occupy the entire space underneath.

Beautiful and durable plastic tanks are expensive, so many shipyards that build aluminum boats offer welded tanks of their own making as an option, which costs the buyer several times less, but also requires a different approach to maintenance. For metal tanks, you will need products that prevent corrosion and scale, and also remove traces of these processes, while plastic tanks require the usual thorough washing and disinfection during conservation.

Water from the tank should flow into the tap. To create pressure in water supply systems, two types of pumps are used. These are foot pumps installed next to the sink, and electric pumps of either diaphragm or gear type. Electric ones, in turn, are divided into pumps with forced activation (flick the switch and open the tap for waterflow) and automatic pumps, which turn off when a certain pressure level is exceeded.

Naturally, they all also differ in productivity, calculated in liters/min. At the top are hydrophores. These are pumps combined with a small pressure tank equipped with a rubber diaphragm inside. The pressure tank maintains pressure in the plumbing system and prevents the pump motor from running every time water is needed.

Boats and yachts equipped with a hydrophore can have a fairly extensive water supply scheme. This is a sink in the galley, a washbasin and shower in the latrine, a sink built into the wet bar in the cockpit, and a shower on the bathing platform. But here's the problem! Washing dishes with cold water or taking a shower in cloudy weather is not always pleasant. This is where boilers come to the rescue. These are thermally insulated containers that receive water from the hydrophore, which is heated from the second circuit, where the liquid that cools the running engine circulates.

The volume of water heated for a shower or galley usually starts at 20 liters - it makes no sense to produce smaller boilers. But if you’re parked and don’t want to scare away the fish with the roar of the engine, and you’ve run out of hot water? Almost all yacht boilers have the ability to heat water electrically, however, the heating elements only operate at 220 volts. This means the boat must be equipped with an inverter.

The boat's hot and cold water is supplied to faucets and flows into sinks and shower heads. All yacht taps, whether for cold water only or with mixers, cost almost an order of magnitude higher than their “land-based” counterparts. The same applies to stainless steel sinks.

But such a very convenient thing as a shower box with a mixer for cold/hot water, a hose and a shower head with a dosing valve, which is closed with a lid with a latch when not in use, is used only on the decks of boats and their bathing platforms.

In the vast majority of cases, on boats 7–9 meters long, water from the sinks flows by gravity through the scupper overboard. The soapy liquid is also pumped out there after washing the crew. But according to some requirements of various countries, these so-called “gray waters” must be collected in special tanks for pumping into the marina sewer system.

Owners of boats equipped with marine latrines also encounter pumping overboard or into a septic tank. The simplest system of “conveniences” is chemical toilets. When filling the drain block, you remove it and drained the contents in a specially designated place.

But yachts equipped with flush toilets, which can be either manual or electric, are divided into two types. These are those in which, when pumped and flushed with sea water, everything is washed overboard, and those where a septic tank is built into the sewerage system. Everything is more complicated here. The septic tank must have a neck for pumping waste into the sewer system of special floating collectors or marinas and may have a fecal pump for pumping into the ocean. This pump is sometimes equipped with a macerator, which grinds the entire contents of the tank into a suspension.

Therefore, the choice of means for cleaning the sewerage and water supply systems should be dictated primarily by the material from which the pipes and equipment of the system installed on each specific yacht are made.

Why, when talking about sewer maintenance, do we also talk about the water supply system? Because they are connected into a single circuit, as can be seen from the information provided above. If the water supply system fails, this will also affect the operation of the sewerage system. Therefore, care must be equally careful for both water and sewer pipes, both fresh water tanks and gray water storage tanks.

How to Prevent Clogged Pipes

Maintenance of plumbing on a yacht should not be carried out from time to time, when the presence of a blockage has already become obvious. Regular maintenance of plumbing fixtures, inspection of pipe joints, treatment of pipes with special compounds that dissolve fats, etc. will protect the sewer and water supply systems from blockages.

If your yacht has a properly organized wastewater system, and the crew follows the most basic rules for using the latrine, washbasin and sinks, you will not be afraid of blockages. Toilets with efficient grinders and powerful pumps are great choices, but that doesn't give the crew the right to throw cleaning or even toilet paper into the bowl.

Hoses in wastewater systems are also often the source of unpleasant odors. However, this does not apply when they are installed and operated correctly. Use a hose of the correct diameter and good clamps, periodically check the tightness of the clamps. Lay the hoses with a slope of at least 5 cm per meter, do not allow sagging in which waste water can accumulate. Each time after using the toilet, flush thoroughly to clean the hoses. To check, wipe the section of the hose with a rag - the rag should not smell.

On many vessels it is not possible to ensure that waste water from the shower cabin is drained by gravity into the waste water tank. You can install a gray water pumping unit. It consists of a waterproof housing in which a bilge pump and an automatic float switch are installed. A non-return valve is installed in the pumping channel. The bottom of the block must be at least 6 cm lower than the bottom of the shower tray. The waste water tank can be placed at a height of up to 4 meters above the unit or at a distance of up to 20 m from it. If the system is clogged, the housing cover can be easily removed and the system cleaned.

On a large yacht, a black and gray water collection and sewerage unit can be installed in the sewerage system. This device is equipped with an electric macerator (soaker and grinder) and a pump. This allows you to install the most modern, even ordinary, non-marine toilet on board. When flushing the toilet, the unit receives wastewater, macerates it and sends it to a storage tank or directly overboard through a hose. If a blockage occurs, it can be easily cleared by removing the inspection hatch cover.

But if the yacht does not allow the installation of such blocks, preventing blockages in pipes comes down to regular technical inspection, washing, cleaning and strict adherence to the rules for using a marine toilet, which were mentioned above.

topRik marketplace offers products for effectively cleaning marine toilets, which quickly remove not only dirt, but also various deposits, in particular sea salt, as well as lime deposits, the accumulation of which can contribute to the formation of blockages. The fight against such deposits, to which fats and technical oils “stick” well, is the main task in preventing blockages in the sewer system of a sea vessel.

In this section, you can also select mineral oils that ensure the proper functioning of marine toilets. They not only dissolve salt deposits, but also lubricate the toilet pump mechanism and gasket.

All chemical cleaning products for toilets and sewers presented on the marketplace are specially developed taking into account the fact that they will be released into the marine environment. Therefore, they are biosoluble and safe for marine life.


Can the same cleaning product be used for all types of plumbing fixtures?

Of course, there are all-purpose cleaners. But be sure to read the instructions carefully. This is explained by the fact that plumbing equipment can be made of polymers, metal, earthenware, ceramics, etc. Not every product against metal corrosion or scale on an aluminum tank is suitable for cleaning plastic equipment. Metal parts of equipment should especially be avoided when cleaning them with products containing acids and solvents.

Can cleaning products damage the plumbing or pipes on a boat?

Incorrectly selected cleaning products can damage the yacht's sewer and plumbing systems, as well as the equipment in these systems.

For example, the cleaner offered by the topRik marketplace for cleaning plastic and porcelain toilets will not damage the seals and valves. This is a special product from the category of marine chemicals. But if you use household toilet and pipe cleaners that contain acids, phosphates, and abrasive particles, your yacht's sewage system may be damaged.

How to prevent unpleasant odors from plumbing on board?

To avoid unpleasant odors from the yacht's plumbing equipment, first of all, proper care will help, that is, timely regular washing, as well as proper operation, according to which scraps or toilet paper must not get into a marine toilet.

To prevent the smell of biodegradation in a wastewater tank, special formulations have been developed using microorganisms that process deposits on the bottom and inner walls of the tanks, thus removing the unpleasant odor. Please note that these products do not mask this odor, but eliminate its cause - anaerobic bacteria. At the same time, there are no chemicals, the contents of the tank are biosoluble and safe for the marine environment and its inhabitants.

We also recommend easy-to-clean, rigid, thick-walled fan tanks made of high-quality linear polyethylene, which is impervious to odors. The design of the tanks is seamless, and therefore they never leak.

Good ventilation is one of the main requirements when designing a wastewater system. The activity of anaerobic bacteria leads to the appearance of unpleasant odors in the tank. These bacteria multiply violently without oxygen in unventilated (poorly ventilated) tanks, and the process of anaerobic rotting occurs. Additionally, an anti-odor filter can be installed in the ventilation duct. If you really want to do it right, you need to run two ventilation hoses: one hose on each side - this will enhance natural ventilation. The rule is essentially simple: the better the ventilation, the less odor.