1. How can such a small
amount of Bio-Clean be effective in Plumbing?
There are millions and millions of bacteria in each spoonful. Each one
will eat its weight of waste every 60 seconds. They double in number every
30 minutes, and as they multiply they will spread throughout the entire
2. Will it work on a clog?
If the material is biodegradable, yes. However, in most cases, the
stoppage is not caused by a blob of something in the trap. It is several
feet of pipe that is filled with gunk, and it may take several days for the
bacteria to eat through this long blockage. Therefore, we suggest that a
mechanical cable be used to restore flow. Then begin Bio-Clean treatments to
remove any remaining waste build-up. Regular maintenance treatments will
prevent new build-up.
3. How long will it take to see results?
Some people notice improvement in a day or two. Almost everyone will see
results 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 build-up is comprised of (grease, soap, hair) and the length of
the lines. Hair takes the longest to digest.
4. Should the toilet be flushed after pouring the Bio-Clean into the
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 gook coating the pipe. In the following 6 - 8 hours they embed
themselves in the gunk so that when the toilet is next flushed they will not
be flushed out.
5. 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 alive and will go anywhere there is
food. They will remove the gunk chemicals leave behind.
6. Does Bio-Clean contain any acid, lye, solvents, or perfume?
7. Does Bio-Clean contain any poisonous substances?
8. Will Bio-Clean attack tree roots?
Only roots that are completely dead. Roots enter sewer pipes seeking the
rich organic food supplied by the build-up. As roots feed on the waste they
grow, branch out and eventually restrict flow. Periodic use of enough
Bio-Clean and water to reach the root area will eliminate the waste they
seek. In this manner, the use of Bio-Clean discourages root growth in
9. 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 intestinal bacteria to handle. Bio-Clean is
very effective on these materials. Bio-Clean increases solids destruction,
so fewer pumpings are needed and that means money saved.
More complete digestion also
means fewer undigested solids leaving the tank. These solids would otherwise
form a black gooey accumulation in the leach field and prevent water
absorption by the soil. Therefore, Bio-Clean extends leach field life.
10. Are any chemicals incompatible with septic systems?
Yes. Chlorine, germicidal products, antiseptics, sanitizers, chemical
drain openers, paint, lye, acids, cationic surfactants and food
preservatives. And in general, anything that is inorganic (not
11. Does a garbage disposal and/or automatic dishwasher affect a septic
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.
12. Does the water from a water softener damage a septic system?
Not unless the water is extremely hard or there is tight soil such as
clay, in the leach field. The harder the water, the more often water and
salt is flushed out along with the calcium.
13. Does Bio-Clean stop odors?
Yes, by digesting the waste which is the source of odor.
14. Does Bio-Clean digest hair?
Yes. However, it does take much longer than most any other organic
material. In drains soap scum, skin oils, etc. bond hair to pipe surfaces.
Bio-Clean digests these other materials more quickly, which releases the
hair to wash downstream. In many cases pop up drain valves in tubs and sinks
come out and hair can and should be manually removed.
15. Do some drains require special consideration?
Yes. Tub and laundry fixtures farther than 10 feet from the stack should
have the dosage increased in order to deposit the enzymes and bacteria along
the entire length of the small diameter pipe. Example: 40 ft of pipe = 4
tablespoons of Bio-Clean plus 4 pints of water.
When circumstances do not
allow for 6 - 8 hours of non-use of the drain, mix the proper dosage with
warm water and let it stand 40 minutes prior to application. This allows the
bacteria time to wake up and be ready to start working for you immediately
upon entering the pipe.
16. 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. Enzymes in solution interact with each other,
which results in shorter shelf life and/or a single enzyme product.
17. If Bio-Clean is used in a RV or boat holding tank, must special
toilet paper be used?
No, even colored paper is OK.
18. How often should a RV or boat holding tank be drained and retreated?
Best results and odor control is obtained if drained after one week and
retreated after first toilet use.
19. What conditions should exist for maximum Bio-Clean results?
- Neutral pH (7.0)
- No toxicity present
- Temperature between 60 and 95 F
- Water sufficient to prevent drying
- Time required according to circumstances.
20. Does Bio-Clean stop odors coming from a cat litter pan?
Definitely. Best results can be obtained by washing and drying pan and
then sprinkling the bottom with Bio-Clean before adding new litter and
coating the top with Bio-Clean.
21. What is the shelf life of Bio-Clean?
Several years if kept dry at normal temperature.
22. What if Bio-Clean does not give results?
First, make sure all instructions were followed. Second, allow enough
time for the conditions involved. If still no results, send the details and
a telephone number to us. We are very interested in your satisfaction and we
will be happy to help.
23. Environmentally, does Bio-Clean help or hurt?
Bio-Clean is a great help and in no way hurts the ecology. The active
ingredients in Bio-Clean are enzymes and bacteria which speed up the natural
digestion of organic material. This is the only process that recycles
organic waste back to plant food.
24. How does Bio-Clean compare with other biological products?
You can depend upon Bio-Clean to be the highest quality available. In
comparing Bio-Clean with more than 30 similar products, an independent
laboratory analysis showed Bio-Clean superior.