More Effective and Safer on Pipes Than Chemicals
By Tony Arro
October 14, 2019
A build-up of fats, oils, grease and food waste in drainage pipes and grease traps can cause major problems. Over time, this build up can lead to blockages which can jeopardize normal operations and create health and safety hazards. When a blockage occurs, facility managers often turn to a drain cleaner to clear pipes, but, in fact, this quick solution may be doing more damage than good.
How Do Drain Cleaners Work?
Most drain cleaners work via chemical reactions, which generate heat in the process, to clear a blockage. Available in liquid, gel and powder form, drain cleaners often contain such harsh chemicals as lye, caustic potash, bleach, peroxides, nitrates, and sulfuric or hydrochloric acid. These chemicals can pose several disadvantages including:
- Softening PVC pipes
- Damaging older metal pipes
- Releasing noxious fumes that can cause explosions
- Harming septic systems by killing beneficial bacteria
- Poisoning animals or humans if consumed
Is There a Safer Solution?
Using an all-natural, concentrated solution of bacteria and enzymes to prevent pipe build-up and eventual blockage can be a better solution for several reasons.
Natural bacteria and enzymes multiply rapidly to digest organic materials and eliminate odors and fruit fly larvae effectively and efficiently. Plus, they won’t harm humans or animals, they leave behind no by-products or residues, and they won’t damage pipes or drains.
Bacteria and enzymes work most effectively on pipes and drains when they are dispensed in a consistent manner. Using a dose metering system to dispense a concentrated solution of enzymes and bacteria into pipes and drains is the most effective way to prevent build-up and improve performance, plus reduce or eliminate the need for pumping or jetting of clogged drain lines.
A metering system can be regulated to dispense bacteria and enzymes based on the amount of build-up and pipe and drain use. This preventative maintenance solution can also reduce labor charges and service calls to clear blocked pipes and drains.
A visual study using a metering system to dispense a concentrated amount of bacteria and enzymes into a PVC drainage pipe clogged with 3 mm of fat, oil and grease (FOG) showed a reduction of the FOG to 1.3 mm after seven days and no blockage after 14 days. When delivered daily on a blocked grease trap, the concentrated solution of bacteria and enzymes completely cleared the trap after 21 days of use.
A metering system is ideal for use in the following application areas:
- Restaurants/bars (bar sinks, tappers, soda dispensers, drain and sanitary lines, grease traps)
- Universities/schools (drains, sanitary lines, grease traps)
- Hotels/resorts (bar sinks, tappers, soda dispensers, drain and sanitary lines, grease traps)
- Dormitories (bathrooms drains, cafeteria drains, sanitary lines)
- Old buildings (extend the life of old pipes by reducing jetting)
Be sure to check with manufacturers specializing in all-natural commercial products for financing options for a metering system and scheduled delivery of a concentrated all-natural bacteria and enzyme product.
Tony Arro is the Director of Sales – Specialty Products at Brookside Agra.