Say “hello” to your little friends, the beneficial bacteria in your plumbing drain and tap. A glass of drinking water from the tap contains millions upon millions of bacteria. No need to worry, they are beneficial bacteria that help keep your water pure and safe; much the same as what happens in the human intestine. The human intestine is full of beneficial bacteria that help to digest food and combat illness. Similarly, beneficial bacteria and other microbes grow in the municipal water treatment facility and on the inside of our water pipes; just like in the intestine.
This bacteria forms of a thin, sticky coating called a biofilm. All plumbing drain and surfaces, from the initial water intake to the household spout, are covered in this biofilm. At least a few thousand different species make their home in the water pipes. Recently, researchers say that there is a link between the formation of beneficial bacteria and the quality of drinking water. That’s right, our tap water is partially purified by billions of beneficial bacteria found in municipal purification plants and our water pipes. Until now, the knowledge about this bacteria has been almost non-existent, but new scientific findings are changing that.
Just like with household drinking water, the home’s plumbing drain system contains thousands of species of beneficial bacteria. These beneficial “germs” degrade and break down fats, oils, and grease along with other types of waste that build up in our drains and grease traps. Modern piping used in household plumbing, no matter if it’s copper or PVC, has a very smooth inside which doesn’t assist the process of fostering the growth of bacteria. As time passes, water hardening results in scale formation on the inside of the pipes that gives bacteria a perfect home.
Human beings have an inordinate fear of germs. We use hand sanitizers and antibacterial hand soaps, antibacterial dishwashing detergent, dozens of household cleaners who all claim to “kill germs”. By doing this we are actually harming our drains. When we declare war on all the bacteria in our plumbing system, with germ killing products, there is no beneficial bacteria left. It’s true, all of those detergents and harsh chemicals are wiping out all the good bacteria that live inside our plumbing drains and septic systems. These beneficial bacteria help to break down the waste that moves through our pipes.
Instead of killing off all the bacteria, households should be supplementing the good bacteria in their systems. Proper drain maintenance is a big part of keeping your drains free of obstructions and keeping those awful drain smells away. We recommend safe powdered bacteria drain cleaners for the treatment and maintenance of drains and grease traps. Regular usage keeps your drains clear and reduces the need for frequent grease trap pumping.
To save yourself costly plumbing drain repairs and other problems, we recommend using natural cleaning agents and one of the best is vinegar. Using toxic chemical sprays have fumes that are bad to inhale or get on your skin. Additionally, you don’t want to be using anything toxic around food. Finally, these toxic substances run off into your sink and wreak major havoc with the beneficial bacteria your drains. Instead just use vinegar! Three quarters water, one quarter white vinegar, with a couple drops of soap, is a fantastic cleaner and safe for all including your friends; the army of beneficial bacteria in your drains.
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