Bacteria are all around us, on us and even inside us. Although some bacteria cause disease, the number of strains of beneficial bacteria far exceeds the number of bad (pathogenic) bacteria. Without bacteria we would be up to our eyeballs in dead bodies and waste. We would not be able to digest food – life itself would cease to exist.
Bacteria can be aerobic (oxygen present) or anaerobic (oxygen absent). Aerobic bacteria function where air is accessible such as leach fields, aerobic digesters and dry wells. Anaerobic bacteria function in closed systems like septic tanks and cesspools. The bacteria in FLUSH-IT® are facultative – they function under aerobic or anaerobic conditions.
What makes us superior?
FLUSH-IT® Septic Energizer contains 8 different strains of bacteria. Each individual strain has been selected for its specific characteristics which are listed below:
You might hear some so-called “experts” tell you septic tank additives are unnecessary and a waste of money. These “experts” are relying on outdated information from almost 100 years ago. With today’s detergents, antibacterial and deodorant soaps, laundry and dishwashing chemicals, disinfectants and cleaners, it is surprising that your septic system functions at all. A monthly addition of beneficial bacteria helps maintain your system’s health.
Before FLUSH-IT®, the only products available were extended powders or watered down liquids with low bacterial populations or plate counts. These products were limited to the digestion of proteins, starches and fats. Rid-X® added cellulose (paper) digesting bacteria in 1994. We introduced FLUSH-IT® in 1992 with 8 strains of specialized naturally occurring bacteria capable of digesting much more than food waste.
FLUSH-IT® Septic Energizer is a consumer product originally developed for industrial and municipal waste treatment facilities. Eight different strains of bacteria were selected from nature for their unique digestive properties. They were conditioned to adapt to adverse conditions through selective breeding. The result is a combination of Superior BacteriaSM able to survive and digest grease, oils, protein, carbohydrates, detergents, hydrocarbons, sulfur compounds, phenols and cellulose (paper). Ordinary products digest only proteins, carbohydrates, fats and sometimes paper. We’ve packaged FLUSH-IT® Septic Energizer in convenient and easy-to-use water soluble packs.
Since the bacteria are naturally occurring (not genetically modified) and non-pathogenic, FLUSH-IT® is not harmful to living organisms. FLUSH-IT® is chemical-free, so it is not harmful to your plumbing or the environment. In fact, it is beneficial to the environment because it biodegrades pollutants that would ordinarily enter the soil, air and water. Harmful compounds like detergents, hydrocarbons, medicines, dyes, disinfectants and others are digested and degraded to water, carbon dioxide and other natural products of biodegradation.
Ordinary bacteria are killed by high concentrations of detergents, disinfectants and hydrocarbons. These pollutants, if not broken down, will enter your leach field, soil and eventually the environment. They can interfere with proper digestion in your septic system and may poison the soil in your leach field, causing flooding, slime, odors and finally failure.
FLUSH-IT® Septic Energizer has been used successfully since 1992 to prevent and solve many problems with septic and greywater systems, dry wells, cesspools, grease traps, drains, ponds, outhouses, RV toilets, pit toilets, manure pits, compost piles and more. In addition to homeowners, our clients include resorts, motels, religious retreats, campgrounds, boarding schools, trailer parks, restaurants, ranches, farms, food processing facilities, adult homes, apartment complexes and others.
Solvents will dissolve grease, but they just carry the problem down the line. Solvents are harmful to your septic system and the environment – especially groundwater and soil. They are also harmful to your health.
Sulfuric and Hydrochloric acids are very dangerous to use and will damage plumbing. They will also corrode your septic tank and kill all the beneficial organisms they touch.
Lye will eat through grease and hair, but is very dangerous to use. If you must use lye, be very careful and do not use it often. It will upset the pH of your septic system, but your system should recover from lye if it is used sparingly and infrequently.
Common powders contain ordinary bacteria at low to very low concentrations. Independent laboratory analyses revealed that ONE HALF-OUNCE of FLUSH-IT® had as much bacteria as 109 POUNDS of RID-X® and 7,700 POUNDS of SEPTONIC®. The infamous telemarketers from KRANE claimed 1 billion bacteria per ounce. This means one pack of FLUSH-IT® was equal to 3 ½ POUNDS of KRANE’S SEPTIC HELPER. But all bacteria are not equal. None of those products contained billions of multi-strained specialized bacteria. Their ordinary strains digest only the easy stuff – proteins, carbohydrates and fats. RID-X® did add paper digesting bacteria in 1994.
Liquids are usually watered down and sometimes contain detergents, glycols, dyes and perfumes. Their effectiveness is limited because the bacteria exist as bacillus spores and are limited to the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats under ideal conditions. Based on the analyses, ONE HALF-OUNCE of FLUSH-IT® had as much bacteria as 30 QUARTS of ROEBIC® K-37.
Using yeast in your septic system is as useless as the other old wives’ tale of throwing a dead cat into your septic tank. Yeast is specific for carbohydrates only and will immediately die in a septic tank environment.
Enzymes become used up and are very sensitive to pH and other conditions, rendering them useless. Enzymes are also specific – protease for proteins, lipase for fats, and amylase for carbohydrates. Our bacteria produce their own enzymes, which is how they digest matter. They also reproduce quickly and create a living bio-film.
You can’t expect a once a year product to maintain your septic system after a full year’s abuse. Even if it were possible, a sudden release of buildup could certainly cause problems down the line. A monthly maintenance approach prevents problems, rejuvenates your system and biodegrades pollutants before they enter the environment.
FLUSH-IT® is pre-measured and packaged in a water-soluble film made of Polyvinyl Alcohol. There is no need to measure the powder or cut open the pack for normal use. The PVA film dissolves in water within a few minutes and biodegrades into carbon dioxide and water within a short time.