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Hey Ed, When Do You Use Solvent?


In This Edition of “Hey Ed,” Ed Discusses When to Use Solvent

Solvent. Never if that can be an option if you really feel the need for it. There is a path that you can take. I am not aware of any current manufacturer of equipment that recommends solvent but if I was to be in a situation where I knew I had bad stuff in the tubing, I've got remnants of an acidic substance or a burn took place in that system. I would like to use some sort of tool that would cleanse the pipe and a solvent can do that but I don't know if I'm going to use a solvent by itself. There's a tool out there that used to or might currently go by the name of pipe wiper and I like the idea of shooting this dense foam ball or what it's actually known as is a pig through the pipe to clean the pipe. Put a little solvent in there, shoot the pig through it. I can ensure that the inside of that tubing is clean as it could possibly be. So, I'm not absolutely against solvents but I like the idea of putting something in the pipe that ensures that it is all going to be removed and that's the way I see it.

In This Edition of “Hey Ed,” Ed Discusses When to Use Solvent

Ed Janowiak is the Manager of HVAC Design Education at ACCA.


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