Been bothered by the slow draining issue for our bathtub for a while.
We’ve always used an extra mesh catch (very cheap with varies sizes at Daiso stores, place it upside down for bathtubs.) to stop hair and junk from getting into the pipes but tiny things that got down there do accumulate.
Chemical, homemade, or eco ready-made?
During my research, I learned that some plumbers don’t like the chemical solutions because they create particles that are harmful to your septic tank.
Then I read some homemade solutions but didn’t trust them because how varied and inconsistant they are. I wanted something that just works and not having to spend time testing all the formulas and run the risk of clogging up the pipes.
When I found this eco drain, septic cleaner, Plumb Clear, on Amazon.com, I didn’t believe it will work well like many eco-friendly products. Since the reviews were so positive and it’s made in USA, I bought it anyway.
Since I wasn’t expecting much, I didn’t video my experiment. And I trust you’d understand that I won’t wait for my pipe to clog up again to record that it works.
First try with AMAZING result
After reading the instructions, I used the [Septic Tank ratio]–2 scoops with 2 cups of warm water, waited 2-4 hours as asked. Then I accidentally spilled it into the tub, only some got into the drain. I didn’t want to leave any solution in the tub so I rinsed the tub right away.
At this point, I thought, it’s not going to work, I washed it away. That night when I took a shower, I was amazed how well it drained.
Second try with a toilet
For this slow draining toilet, I used the [Septic/Drains ratio]–2 scoops with 5 cups of water. I wanted to make sure the enzyme and friendly bacteria had a chance to eat the built-up in the outlet path of the toilet so I dump 1 cup of the solution into the toilet bowl without flushing for an hour.
When I finally flashed it, it drained so quickly. I was very happy!
Tricks and Tips
- When you first open the container, you need to fish out the scoop and the plastic snake.
- To help you mix the solution and apply with more precision:
- Find an old sports bottle similar to this (the point is to not spend any money while using something that’s just taking up space)
- Measure and draw the lines at 1 cup increments, this allows you adjust the mix to only the volume needed.
- IMPORTANT!!! Remember to also mark the bottle “NOT FOR DRINKING”.
- Don’t wait too long to clean the pipes. According to the seller, Alson Enterprises, it works not as well for fully clogged pipe. The solution needs to come in contact with the organic built-up to digest the gunk in the pipes.
- For the opening of the sink/tub drain, pull the stopper, pour in the solution (I used the more diluted ratio) until it overflows a little, let it sit for a while (I waited 15 minutes), then unstop it.