For those working in industries that require the use of a system of tubes, such as those in heat exchangers or condensers, good tube cleaning equipment is a must. When you rely a great deal on such a system, it is definitely in your interest to keep the system in tiptop shape.
In every tube system, as time passes and as, for example, water and air passes through the tubes, materials can and do accumulate, such as sludge, sedimentation, or corrosion deposits. If not removed or otherwise dealt with, these materials can make the operation of that tube system problematic. Therefore, the tube system needs to be cleaned from time to time to keep it working properly.
There are of course more ways than one to clean tubes, and not all of them make use of tube cleaning equipment. Those seeking to clean tubes also have the option of resorting to purely chemical means, such as acids or various cleaning solutions, for instance. However, not all sorts of tubes or systems made of tubes can be cleaned using such means – those systems that incorporate some plastic in them, for instance, can be very sensitive to chemicals. For such tubes or tube systems, mechanical means of cleaning, which make use of tube cleaning equipment, may be best.
Physical cleaners like tools that scrape the inner sides of tubes, balls whose surfaces are abrasive, or cylinders with bristles all around them can be slipped into tubes along with some water or a cleaning solution. As the cleaner moves along with the solution or water, it scrapes away the deposits, which are flushed out at the far end of the tube system. One may elect to make use of a pressure jet, or a large amount of water moving at a rapid velocity, to increase this method’s rate of success.
One sort of tube cleaning equipment that combines a cleaning head and flexible shaft with a pressure jet and an electric motor is known as an electric tube cleaner. The user places the head and shaft at the base of the tube system and inserts it into the system and then activates the motor. The device’s motor then rotates the cleaning head and pumps water into the system as the head moves within the pipes, loosening the detritus that is clogging the inside of the tube system and flushing it out with water.