Back before Thomas Crapper invented the toilet, people had some interesting ways to dispose of waste. The Romans had a sewer system that disposed of waste by channeling it away from the city, but after Rome fell, things kind of ran down hill in the waste disposal department, if you know what I mean. In Medieval castles, the commode was a series of seats with holes cut into them. You did your business and it fell straight down into the sea. In towns it was commonplace to use a chamber pot and then throw the stuff out the window into the street. That’s why the custom of letting the man walk down the sidewalk left of the woman was encouraged. The unsanitary conditions allowed quite a few epidemics to develop. Away from the cities, outhouses were built to allow folks some privacy, and they weren’t really a bad way of disposing of the waste. Eventually it would simply be recycled back into the Earth.
Then modern day plumbing was developed and I’m certain that as soon as the earliest toilets were being flushed, the earliest drain clogs were occurring. One contemporary Chinese philosopher noted that clearing a clogged drain was one of life’s most satisfying accomplishments. Most methods of clearing a clogged drain involved brute force (forcing air or a mechanical device through the pipe) or the use of a caustic chemical like lye. The chemicals were certainly not good for the environment and sometimes would damage the pipes.
Now there is a kinder, gentler way to clean out those pipes. Drainbo (www.drainbo.com) is an environmentally safe drain cleaner that is composed of specifically selected, natural, seven-strain bacteria. (Some of these bacteria are used to clean up oil spills in the ocean.) It starts the cleanup process with bacterial cultures that rapidly break down carbohydrates, cellulose, and fats. FOGS (fats, oil, and grease) pose a mounting threat to our water systems, lakes, rivers, and oceans. And most people are well aware of how dangerous the caustic drain cleaners can be to children and pets if they are improperly stored.
Drainbo is available from their website and at selected retail outlets around the country. It comes in different sizes for use in home drain lines and septic tanks. There is also a commercial strength available for restaurants and industry. While Drainbo (at $29.95 for a one-gallon jug of drain cleaner) is a little more expensive than some chemical cleaners, it can save you a considerable amount on plumbing repairs over the life of your pipes. And this totally green product can surely make you feel better about your footprint on the environment.