How To Keep Drains Clear Once and For All
Most plumbing systems will develop clogs. In most cases it’s inevitable. Overtime bits of organic matter (or non-organic matter) will build up on the pipe walls causing a restricted flow. This will manifest in slow-draining sinks/tubs/showers, slow-running toilets, or even an overflow of wastewater backs up into your home. When this happens there are three options to choose from:
1. Hire a Professional
2. Chemical Drain Openers
3. Biological Drain Maintenance
Mechanical treatment can range from hiring professionals for root blockage extraction to using a drain snake to clear the pipe. Depending on the type of clog it can be expensive, messy and smelly. Chemical drain openers sometimes use strong acids or strong alkaline chemicals to react with the clog to dissolve enough of the material to allow better drainage. Both of these treatments are best used for full clog emergencies whether it’s a slow flow drain or hair and grease clog. Mechanical treatment will physically remove the clog, whereas chemicals will react with the organic matter and dissolve it. Even though these treatments can improve a clogged drain, the pipes will continue to have organic buildups that will plug the pipe. This inevitable buildup can be maintained using Biological drain maintenance products.
Biological treatments can be bacteria-based, enzyme-based or a combination of both. The combination of both has an advantage over the singular-based formulations. Bacteria actually consume the wastes that are present and release different enzymes automatically to attack different types of waste. However, bacteria are extremely slow at “waking up” before becoming active which causes a lag period, to help speed up the process enzymes are added. Enzymes do the actual digestion of the wastes and are relatively fast acting. The basic difference is bacteria produces enzymes to digest waste, whereas enzymes can only digest a certain amount of waste and do not reproduce. Therefore, bacteria are needed to continue producing more and more enzymes as the others become “full” and unproductive. The slower activation time makes Biological products best used for drain maintenance.
So how do you choose which to go with?
“I’ve tried chemical drain openers and nothing seems to work.” May need to try a drain snake or call a professional.
“I want to avoid future clogs by maintaining buildup on my pipe walls.” Biological treatment is great for maintenance. The TruFusion™ WashOut™ Build-Up Remover is the perfect match.
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