Your Drains and You
As we all know, the expression, “Out of sight, out of mind” can be a dangerous one indeed. When it comes to our home, there can be many horrors lurking within, and the ostrich’s approach rarely works long-term. That’s why it pays to maintain your most valuable possession. That includes the exterior, the grounds, the roof, the interior, the appliances, the water service, the heating and/or air conditioning, the electrical service, the bathroom facilities, and the plumbing waste system. Wait a minute...the “Plumbing Waste System”?! What the heck might that be, and what does it need for maintenance?
Whether your home is serviced by an on-site septic tank system or a municipal or private sewer collection system, all homes have plumbing waste systems. The plumbing waste system begins where your water disappears (out of sight, out of mind), and ends either at the septic tank system buried under your yard or at the sewer system running under the street.
All the drains, traps, and pipes that carry waste water out of your house require maintenance, just like your furnace requires service and your car requires oil changes. When water goes down the drain - whether it be bathroom, kitchen, or laundry - it first passes through the S-shaped pipe under the sink. The downward facing loop in the pipe - or trap—contains a small amount of water as a barrier from odors backing up in your drains. The pipe then runs to the main waste line out of the house.
As long as things are running smoothly there will be no problems or odors. What makes the system not run smoothly? BUILDUP. Greasy, soapy, oily, buildup. What causes buildup? Bathing, laundry, and dish washing all cause buildup. Use of a garbage disposal especially contributes to buildup.
Water softeners contribute to buildup. So if you participate in any of these activities (as we all do every day), chances are you have buildup happening right now in your drains and pipes.
Buildup will slow the water flow and eventually block the line, causing backup and requiring servicing. It will also be a breeding ground for odors and disease-causing germs.
To ensure that your drains and pipes are free of buildup and the odors and health-hazards associated with buildup use DrainMaster Concentrated Drain Cleaner on a regular maintenance schedule. Using DrainMaster regularly will coat all the interior surfaces of your drains, pipes, and traps with enzymatic action to not only remove buildup but to continue to fight greases, oils, fats, detergents, and all the other buildup producers - all the time, safely and economically.
DrainMaster’s many uses
•Buildup removal in drains and pipes
•Odor control for garbage and diaper pails
•Odor control for cat litter boxes
•Septic tank enhancer
•Laundry presoak for urine/fecal stains
For sluggish drains: initially apply 8 oz. directly to problem drains.
To avoid buildup and odor: apply 4 oz. in kitchen drain (safe for disposals) and 2 oz. in each drain in the home monthly.
For odor control: dab or spray directly on area.
For stain removal: dab full-strength on stain.
Be sure fabric is color-fast before treating.