Yes, as long as one sticks to the golden rule of drain maintenance: Manually remove and throw away obvious solids (in a safe manner) and do not allow solids to be washed down the drain.
Drainage systems are designed to dispose of wastewater as quickly as possible. They do not cater for solid materials. Blockages can be caused by many types of obstructions, including:
· Build-up of organic material – such as FOG (fat, oil & grease)
· Foreign items – such as pieces of refuse
· Plant roots and foliage.
Drain Gobbler™ bio-enzyme drain treatment biodegrades organic matter which may lead to drain blockages.
Drain Gobbler™ can biodegrade organic solids, but this usually takes too long and thus blockages cause by solids are inevitable. The table below shows how long some common solids will take to break down if left in the natural environment, where microorganisms have suitable conditions to thrive:
Vegetables 5 days–1 month
Paper 2–5 months
Cotton T-shirt 6 months
Orange peels 6 months
Tree leaves 1 year
Wool socks 1–5 years
Plastic-coated paper milk cartons 5 years
Leather shoes 25–40 years
Nylon fabric 30–40 years
Tin cans 50–100 years
Aluminium cans 80–100 years
Glass bottles 1 million years
Styrofoam cup 500 years to forever
Plastic bags 500 years to forever
Although polyethylene bags do not biodegrade, they
do photodegrade. Scientists do know that many
plastics break down into microplastics. However,
scientists are not yet sure how many centuries it takes
for plastics to completely break down and 'disappear'.
Tips for carefree drainage:
Scrape plates and food containers before washing them and use Dish Gobbler™ bio-enzyme dishwashing liquid.
Dispose of toxic products at disposal sites; this includes used oil and other chemicals.
Do not flush foreign items such as nappies, tampons, face wipes and cotton wool down the drain or toilet – use the bin.
Sweep floors before rinsing them, to remove loose dirt and small, dropped items – such as loose mop string, sweet papers, bottle tops, etc.
For outdoor drains, regularly clear away debris so that it is not washed down the drain.
Remember to clean appliance- and drain filters regularly.
Apply a weekly maintenance dose of Drain Gobbler™ to all drain openings, inside and outside.