Our biological products may seen as quite expensive as a one-time remedy for a clogged drain (though cheaper than a plumber’s visit!), but as ongoing maintenance products for preventing clogs, they will be about most inexpensive household product on your shelf.
Household waste water usually only gets our attention when it refuses to leave the premises quickly, due to a blockage of some kind. These types of events can range from a mere inconvenience to a mini-crisis that forces us to grudgingly spend time, energy and money to resolve. However, with a little effort at routine maintenance, you can head off these situations and the “yuck” factor brought on by backed up pipes filled with smelly remains of food and human debris.
If you think about it, the so-called “p” traps or u-joints through which drain water flows, and sits when not being used, are really like miniature septic holding tanks. Their purpose is to prevent blow back of gases and waste into your house, but they also act as repositories for a certain amount of waste that never moves on down the line. In kitchen lines, including disposal tanks and dishwasher outflows, fats, oils and grease will take hold, and even if you rarely develop a major blockage, think about how this build-up festers there, out of sight, but nonetheless forming a breeding ground for odor, certain types of insect larvae, and even pathogens that may adhere to the waste and multiply resulting in more frequent colds and flu.
In our bathroom sinks, showers, and tubs, it is not food waste but soap residue that builds up- which in turn traps hair along with dead skin cells and whatever else is coming off of our bodies when we wash up.
So in the same way that nutritional probiotics are recommended for maintaining healthy digestion in your body, (by supplementing natural bacteria) think of natural biological drain cleaners as providing microscopic cleaning helpers ready to go to work on your behalf. The non-pathogenic microbes used are cultivated specifically to breakdown the types of organic waste from food and our bodies that accumulate just below the drain. If you have a septic tank at the end of the line, all the more reason to supplement nature’s own process.
Our master bathroom at home is my personal laboratory for using biological drain treatments. This week, after a prolonged period of our kids appropriating the shower as we were doing repairs on their bathroom – we reached the point where an ankle bath was the finishing touch before exiting the stall.With the array of soaps, conditioners, shave cremes, skin treatments lining the shower shelf, it’s no wonder we regularly reach that tipping point where built up gunk and trapped hair will simply not let the water go down quickly. Continue reading
An article in the Las Cruces, NM, Sun-News yesterday entitled Residents should avoid the F.O.G. clog is a message heard more often around the U.S. (and the world, for that matter), especially around Thanksgiving when food waste in the form of fats, oil, and grease finds its way down household drains and into municipal sewer systems. Continue reading
Although our biological cleaning products are not intended as a swimming pool treatment – mainly because high chlorine levels and friendly bacteria are not particularly compatible – one Bioredex customer has found MegaMicrobes Liquid to be highly effective at keeping their outflow drains flowing freely around their swim school pool facilities. Continue reading
It does sometimes happen that during a treatment with Bio-Clean or MegaMicrobes that conditions in your slow drain appear to get worse. This can be especially frustrating when you are really trying to make the switch to biological cleaning methods, and a skeptical spouse reports that next’s day’s shower is turning into an ankle bath, and a yukky one at that. Continue reading
The rain is steadily pouring down here in Virginia Beach, but we’re still shipping product. Those of you, like me, in the storm zone, may be facing drain backups and standing water situations in its wake. Adding a great biological treatment like Bio-Clean (powder) or MegaMicrobes (liquid) really makes a difference in speeding up the natural breakdown of organic waste in the water, which in turn will increase drainage flow and reduce foul odors. Continue reading
I’m happy to announce that our MegaMicrobes Liquid product has been approved for listing on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment program. This program is intended to be a guide for consumers to help them identify products that are safe for the environment and work well in their designated application. In the case of the DfE program, “safe for the environment” means that the ingredients of the product have been reviewed to meet specific criteria which can be seen here. Continue reading
Apparently thousands of people. The regular price is about $50, give or take, for a two pound jar of microbes and enzymes in a fully bio-degradable nutrient powder base. If you’re new to Bio-Clean and our family of products, it may certainly sound like the great product it is, but the price may be a tad off-putting. After all, a typical off the shelf drain product will usually run between about $7 to $12. But the fact is that is, Bio-Clean is much, much cheaper per use (up to 100 drain treatments per jar), lasts longer, is more effective at actually clearing out all of the pipe gunk, and is safe for the pipes. Non-toxic. Great for the environment. Continue reading
Well, today I’ve decided to drop all false pride about lofty content and talk about the common household plunger - the mighty, indispensable tool that can often save the day and the cost of a plumber’s visit. It really should get much more respect! Continue reading
This month at Bioredex we have had a surge in orders for case-lots of Bio-Clean two pound jars, specifically for use in apartment buildings. While buying Bio-Clean by the case is a very economical way to go – the cost per jar drops to less than $30 – it also points to the increasing adoption of biological treatment to eliminate back-up problems with common out-flow pipes, called stacks, in both residential and commercial multi-unit buildings. Continue reading