What Is an Enzyme Drain Cleaner?

We have always discouraged the use of chemical drain cleaners. Though they can clean your drainpipes thoroughly, they can, sadly, damage the system over time. Their strong chemical content can harm the insides of the pipes and also cause fumes that can affect your plumbing negatively. And with this being said, we instead recommend the use of home remedies such as baking soda and vinegar. However, one client of ours asked us about the use of enzyme drain cleaners. And so we want to share some useful info about the said topic with you today!

What is an enzyme drain cleaner?

This type of drain cleaners does not have chemical content that enables it to clean your drainpipes. Instead, it contains some kind of bacteria cultures as well as concentrated enzymes that respond to the presence of organic substances. It is generally designed to work on clearing the pipes of live organisms such as mildew and molds as well as those that have organic content such as food particles.

How does it work?

The enzymes or bacteria that are in these cleaners feed on organic materials that range from your hair to food waste to molds and algae. The minute organisms will then digest these waste substances and reproduce, thereby spreading the “good” bacteria throughout your drainage system.

What about advantages and disadvantages?

The good thing about enzyme drain cleaners is that they are effective in maintaining the smooth flow of liquid in the pipes. However, they’re not that great when it comes to getting rid of clogs. In other words, they’re just for cleaning and maintenance. They are relatively safe for your plumbing system — even on plumbing fixtures — because they create minimal impact as compared to chemicals. They are also cheap and easy to utilize. On the other hand, you should be aware of the fact that using enzyme cleaners result to longer cleaning times. Their speed depends on the very flow of liquid down the pipes. And so it goes without saying that if the flow stops because of a clog, the cleaner can only clean up to that area.

Any safety tips?

When using enzymatic drain cleaners, you should remember to avoid direct eye and skin contact. Even if they don’t contain toxic chemicals, they can still damage your eyes or cause skin irritation.

We hope that you learned the importance and use of an enzyme drain cleaner. Should you need professional assistance, just look for the most trusted North Miami plumber. Douglas Orr Plumbing deliver top-notch plumbing services in North Miami including leak detection, backflow prevention,sewer cleaning, sewer jetter cleaner and many more! Call us at (305) 240-6731!

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