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Cleaning out a Drain Clog with Natural and Safe Microbes

Microbes. That's right, the very bugs (commonly found in soil, plants, and some natural food product) that your mom made you wash off your hands a thousand times a year when you were a kid, are now ready and willing to take on your seriously clear out your drain. Well, maybe not exactly the same microbes (bacteria), but close relatives who have been chosen by drain cleaning experts as a beneficial, quick, effective, natural and environmentally friendly way to get the hair, grease and assorted nasty objects out of your drains and out of your life. Here's how they work:
First of all, let's not confuse microbes with enzymes. Microbes are living bacteria that are activated in water and will continue to work in drains and septic systems long after their first use. Like yeasts, these microbes will die if there's nothing for them to eat, and boiling water can kill them. But in a moderate environment, there's nothing that some useful microbes like better than to chow down on a big, hairy, greasy chunk of clog. They actually eat it?soap, food, grease and all?and turn solids into liquids.

But microbes can do more than eat up clogs. The little bugs?some 90 billion per gallon of liquid? do a bang-up job cleaning all sorts of areas where you need some serious cleaning action but don't want chemical run-off to damage your lawn or run into the groundwater. When you shop for microbial drain cleaners, make sure you know the concentration of bacteria in the product you buy. One of the reasons Drainbo works as well as it does is that it contains the highest count of bacteria on the market. The folks at Drainbo test each batch for quality, so you always know you're getting the best. You can use microbial drain cleaner in gravel or asphalt dog runs without harming the dogs or the surrounding soil. On rocky ground, the microbes that wash into the gravel continue to work, eating waste and clearing up odors.

Other excellent uses for microbial drain cleaners include septic tanks and holding tanks for RVs. In the septic system, microbes that wash down the drain take up residence in the drain, the pipes and the tank. In the drain, they work to prevent potential clogs, eating grease or soap products. They work in pipes as well, preventing or dissolving potential clogs further down the line. In the septic tank, microbes eat and digest solid waste at such a rate that the tank can be maintained indefinitely. And when microbes are working in the septic system, you get more than extended septic life: drains smell clean and fresh.

Because microbes actually digest waste, they can get rid of bad smells in places as varied as porta-potties, camp showers and RV holding tanks. They can sweeten up the smell of garbage disposals, too. And because microbes stay in place and work long after being introduced to a drain, while enzymes tend to work once and die off, drains can stay clean indefinitely with the use of a relatively small amount of microbial drain cleaner.

In fact, microbes can be put to use nearly anywhere that waste meets water. Used in large, environmentally-based wastewater treatment plants, microbes work as sewage is put through initial treatment in holding tanks, after which the waste water is run through a series of ponds. Microbes in the ponds clean the water through a stepped cleaning process, resulting in sewage treatment that creates clean water with no chemicals. While many traditional water treatments involve the use of chlorine, which is harmful to the environment, microbial water treatment systems create no pollutants. Microbes are even being used to clean up serious environmental problems such as oil spills.

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Natural Drain Cleaner for Clogged Drains

The first thing you need to know before working on a clogged drain is that the drain cleaners you see advertised on TV or on the supermarket shelves are made of dangerous chemicals that will eat through rubber gloves, skin, certain kinds of pipe, wood and anything else they touch. If their fumes are inhaled, they can cause damage to the lungs, nose and mouth. If they are eaten, they will kill, even in small amounts. Even when they are used "properly", they can ruin septic systems, pollute groundwater, and destroy pipes.

For a more healthy and safe alternative, try a natural drain cleaner, such as Drainbo, that is made from natually occuring bacteria that will fix a clogged drain, but won't hurt your drain pipes or the environment.

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