Chemistry 101: How to Avoid Build Up in Your Pipes

The demand for water conservation has moved the plumbing market to minimize water consumption and continually decrease the volume of urinal fixture water rates. Nowadays, strict usage regulations and the increasingly popular LEED certification has now turned the once forceful flush of 1 or 2 gallons into a trickling of a pint of water through a building’s infrastructure- most of the time resulting in unforeseen performance issues in a system built for high volume flushes. 

Human urine contains 58 percent organic and 42 percent inorganic constituents and is comprised of approximately 96 percent water and 4 percent other constituents, which includes 1.8 percent urea, 1.2 percent mineral salts, 0.06 percent creatinine, 0.03 percent uric acid, and 0.91 percent additional biological constituents.


The inorganic mineral sediments found in both, water-flushing and non-water plumbing drain pipes, have been identified using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) technology. Such technology has found that this tricking of a pint of water is not providing enough water to wash down urinals or fully flush out the system. As this high urine and water concentrate sits in pipes,  an extremely hard, cement like sediment (that is extremely difficult to remove) called calcite accumulates and clogs plumping infrastructure pipes. 


In contrast, struvite, a soft and water-soluble substance, can collect in pipes of waterfree urinals. Both of the substances can cause blockages over time if not clean properly. However, unlike calcite which inevitably builds up in pint flushes and must be removed with a drain cleaning machine, struvite can be easily avoided through following proper maintenance procedures and is easier to remove from the system.

Here, at Falcon, we have combined the best attributes of waterfree technology with the best of the flushing technology, creating the most hygienic, water-saving, high performance urinal available. In a daily use, the Hybrid Urinal functions as a waterfree technology and automatically performs a full gallon (4 liter) flush through the housing and pipe system every 72 hours, providing maximum LEED points, water savings and the best performance functionality. Our high volume flushing technology thoroughly flushes out your system, preventing both struvite and calcite build up, while providing miraculous water savings- operating on only 102 gallons of water a year.


Our Hybrid technology leverages all the benefits of our world-class Velocity Cartridge, keeping your drain lines clean and odor-free.

We invite you to try the most sustainable and high performance urinal technology, the Hybrid Urinal, the environment and your maintenance staff will thank you.

*Available to the North American through our exclusive partner, Sloan Valve Company.