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Get peak performance out of every scoop of DrainScrub by following these pro tips.

  • Apply at day’s end. If a blockage occurs after you’ve begun treatment with DrainScrub, it is an indication that the product is working by loosening the waste from the pipes. Use a plunger or a snake to clear blockage and continue treatment with DrainScrub.
  • Perform maintenance treatments. Plumbing systems are dynamic, meaning that water, sewage and organic waste are always entering, leaving and flowing through the system. Many everyday products that enter the waste system will kill bacteria, such as bleach, dishwashing detergent, anti-bacterial drugs, and anti-septic and anti-bacterial soaps, not to mention high and low pH compounds that destroy microorganisms. Water flow will wash out some of the bio-active cells and very hot water will affect their population as well. Hair, grease, fiber and other waste materials are also difficult for indigenous bacteria (those that are already contained in waste) to degrade. The microbes in DrainScrub elevate the bacteria population to where it can be effective. This effective level must be maintained in order to keep your plumbing system free-flowing.
  • Remove hair first. Hair is difficult to deal with because it is a protein and fibrous in nature, and because it takes longer to biodegrade. It also collects grease, and tends to snag on pipe features, where waterborne microbes can't reach it. Use a drain tool to clean hair out of pipes and P-traps before applying DrainScrub.
  • Unclog pipes & toilets. Plumbing normally becomes clogged for one of two reasons: the amount of waste introduced exceeds the pipe’s capacity, or the pipe’s capacity has been reduced by buildup. In either case, the pipe must first be cleared mechanically using snake or plunger, allowing the bulk of the clog to pass. In the second case, treat with Drainscrub for 5 straight days following release of the clog, then treat twice weekly until proper function is fully restored. Thereafter, treat bi-monthly.
  • Outhouses. Outhouses smell! DrainScrub quickly turns outhouse waste into water and carbon dioxide. This dramatically reduces odor and flies. Regular use of DrainScrub also keeps the sewage fluid and compact.
  • Lawn & Garden. Mix 2 tablespoons of DrainScrub with 2 quarts of water and use on areas where cats and dogs spray or leave feces. Add to soil before planting or seeding plants. Also use on compacted soil to help the soil breathe. Mix in with waste during the initial stages of composting.
  • Marine & RV holding tanks. Many times in marine and RV toilets, sensors become blocked or covered over, and are thus unable to work properly. Use of DrainScrub not only keeps toilets from smelling, but also clears away the debris and gunk that can foul sensors in these toilets. If you have been using toilet chemicals prior to using DrainScrub, flush well with a hose when emptying, then use a double dose of DrainScrub, as the system will contain residual anti-bacterial chemicals. If odor occurs during this period, double dose again until DrainScrub dominates the system and overcomes the residual chemistry present from previous uses.
  • Sump pumps. When ground water accumulates in sumps, odors may be noticeable. This is especially true if household or sanitary waste is present. DrainScrub eliminates the odor by quickly digesting organic material in the waste water. Pumps require less energy when the rotor, housing and lines are free of build-up. Lower energy costs and longer pump life are added benefits of using DrainScrub.
  • Septic tanks. Septic tanks can be problematic for a number of reasons, but regular care using DrainScrub and common-sense maintenance will keep most systems operating well for a long time. Do not put paper towels, feminine napkins or tampons into toilets. Do not put grease and large pieces of food (meat, pasta, beans, corn and other carbohydrates in large amounts) into sinks drains. Overusing your disposal can also cause problems; scrape dishes clean into the garbage and use disposal as needed, but not as a garbage can. Periodically, your tank should be pumped, as DrainScrub will not degrade or digest things like sand, plastic, or glass that can accumulate. DrainScrub can be used on regular or aerobic septic tanks and systems.
  • Urinals. Urinals can harbor foul odors, even when they look clean. To clean plumbing and reduce odor, mix 2 tablespoons of DrainScrub with 1 quart of warm water and apply. Repeat treatment for 5 straight days. Thereafter, treat once a week by mixing 2 tablespoons of DrainScrub with 1 quart of warm water and applying. If urinal has severe calcification, use pumice stone or a descaler chemical first, then flush 3-4 times to clear the P-trap of chemical remnants.