Frequently Asked Questions
Should the toilet be flushed after pouring BIO-CLEAN into the bowl?
Do not flush for 6-8 hours. The quart of mixture poured into the bowl pushes one quart of water and mixture out of the bowl into the stack. The enzymes and bacteria carried out in the quart leaving the bowl are deposited on the sludge coating the pipe. In the following 6-8 hours they embed themselves in the sludge so that when the toilet is next flushed they will not be flushed out.
Does a garbage disposal and/or automatic dishwasher affect a septic system?
Yes – in two ways. Disposals add greater loads. Without frequent BIO-CLEAN treatments, faster accumulation of solids in the tank occurs. Most automatic dishwashing compounds, either powder or gel, contain chlorine, which is damaging to all biological activity. For the least overall problems, don’t use the disposal for material that could go into solid waste or be composted. Use non-chlorinated, biodegradable dishwashing compound and treat regularly with BIO-CLEAN. A complete list of recommended products is available from your authorized BIO-CLEAN dealer.
How does BIO-CLEAN compare with liquid biological products?
BIO-CLEAN is more concentrated, more uniform, more stable (longer shelf life) and more economical. Liquids depend upon preservatives to keep the bacteria dormant while in the bottle. Most have a high percent of surfactant to emulsify oils and fats, not digest them. Enzymes in solution interact with each other, which results in shorter shelf life and/or a single enzyme product.
Are there any chemicals that are incompatible with septic systems?
Yes. all anti-bacterial products such as: Chlorine, germicidal products, anti-septics, sanitizers, chemical drain openers, paint, lye, acids, cationic surfactants and food preservatives. And in general, anything that is inorganic (not biodegradable).
Aren’t chemical drain openers much stronger than BIO-CLEAN ?
The strongest chemical in the world can’t climb the side walls of horizontal pipes. Gravity makes all chemicals run along the bottom. Nor can chemicals remove much waste in vertical pipes because they flow through so quickly. The bacteria in BIO-CLEAN are live and will go anywhere there is food. They will remove the sludge chemicals leave behind.
How long will it take to see the results?
Most people notice improvement in a day or two. With proper application, results are guaranteed in one to three weeks. Note: The cleaning process is not completed with the initial five day treatment. The time is determined by the type of material the buildup is comprised of (grease, soap, hair) and the length of the lines. Hair takes the longest to digest.
Will it work on a clog?
If the material is biodegradable, yes. However, in most cases, the stoppage is not caused by a complete clog of something in the trap. Most likely, it is several feet of pipe that is filled with firm “sludge”, and it may take several days for the bacteria to eat through this long blockage. Therefore, it is suggested that a mechanical cable be used to restore the flow. Then begin BIO-CLEAN treatments to remove any remaining waste build-up. Regular maintenance treatments will prevent new build-up.
Can BIO-CLEAN really help a septic system?
Absolutely – in several ways. The bacteria in BIO-CLEAN are specially selected to digest a larger variety of waste, and metabolize it faster than naturally occurring bacteria or yeast additives. Oils, fats, grease and paper are very difficult for septic bacteria to handle. BIO-CLEAN is very effective on these materials. It increases solids destruction, so fewer pumpings are needed and that means money saved. Government Literature states that only 40% of the biodegradable waste is digested by the septic bacteria normally present in sewage.Not true! Bio-Clean digests 100% of all biodegradable waste.
More complete digestion also means fewer undigested solids leaving the tank. These solids would otherwise form a black gooey accumulation in the septic field and prevent water absorption by the soil. Therefore, BIO-CLEAN extends the life of a septic field.