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    [post_content] => With more people staying home as we work to flatten the curve of COVID-19, residential plumbing systems are taking a bit of a beating. Our home plumbing, neighborhood collection systems, and large municipal sewer systems were probably not built for so many people being home at once. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor and think before you flush.



So, what on the plumbing blacklist? As a rule of thumb, if it doesn’t dissolve (and stay dissolved) in water, it doesn’t belong in your toilet or down your drain. The list goes on and on, but to name a few…
  1. Rags, newspaper, shop towels, and paper towels. We know the toilet paper shortage will likely increase the temptation to flush these down the toilet.
  2. Grease. With eating out being less of an option, we’re cooking more meals at home. Restaurants have built-in grease traps that collect any grease that might go down the drain, but residential kitchens aren’t built this way. Please think twice before pouring liquid grease down your sink (or even your toilet). It will harden into a solid somewhere down the line, either within your drainpipes, septic system, or at the lift station – causing headaches for more than just you.
  3. Diapers, baby wipes, sanitary wipes, make up wipes, sanitary napkins, and tampons. Without going into too much detail here, products like these that are designed to absorb liquid definitely do not dissolve in water. Please leave them out of your toilets.
  4. Cotton balls, swabs/Q-tips, and dental floss. These normal hygiene items should also be reserved for the garbage. Dental floss can be particularly damaging as it can form nets that entrap sewage and create blockages.
  5. Pet supplies and pet waste. Don’t dump your kitty litter or even dried up waste from the cat box. It will lodge and plug before it can absorb enough water to breakdown.
  6. Food, gum, and cigarette butts. Reserve food waste for your garbage disposal or trash bin. As for your gum and cigarette butts, those really won’t break down, so best to keep them out, too.
  7. Other.  Hair, condoms, and other things also won’t breakdown or dissolve in the sewer systems.
  8. Honorable Mentions for COVID-19
    1. Bleach. A lot of folks are using bleach right now to disinfect surfaces. If you have a septic system that relies on biology to breakdown your raw sewage solids, using too much bleach will negatively affect this process.
    2. Face Masks. This may seem like a no-brainer but keep these out of your toilets.
Being mindful of what can and cannot be flushed down the drain is the first step towards sewage system success. For extra support, bioaugmentation products do a great job of breaking down solids and grease to keep these systems flowing without backups. Drop us a message if you’re interested in learning more about our complete line of products and services for the wastewater treatment industry. [post_title] => 8 Things That Don't Belong in Your Plumbing [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 8-things-that-dont-belong-in-your-plumbing [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-07 16:39:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-07 21:39:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.mdgbio.com/?p=5428 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )
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8 Things That Don’t Belong in Your Plumbing

  • MDG
  • April 7, 2020
With more people staying home as we work to flatten the curve of COVID-19, residential plumbing systems are taking a bit of a beating. Our home plumbing, neighborhood collection systems, and large municipal sewer systems were probably not built for so many people being home at once. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor and think before you flush. So, what on the plumbing blacklist? As a rule of thumb, if it doesn’t dissolve (and stay
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Microbial Discovery Group Announces New Industrial and Institutional Account Manager

  • MDG
  • April 2, 2020
MDG continues to expand their Industrial and Institutional team into the Southeast region. Microbial Discovery Group LLC (MDG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Blake Scott as Southeast Industrial and Institutional (I&I) Account Manager. Blake will focus on servicing new Janitorial and Sanitation partners with our SporActiv™ product line. Blake brings a combination of technical and sales experience with a
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A New Kind of Rain is Coming for Wastewater Treatment Plants

  • MDG
  • April 1, 2020
We have heard from wastewater facilities that a lot of rainfall in a short amount of time can really throw off their ability to effectively treat wastewater. There is just not enough capacity and too little time to adjust. Unfortunately, we predict that a new kind of rain is coming. With recent concerns and actions around COVID-19, we’re seeing: 3.33 times the amount of water-related to handwashing Extra flushing to get non-toilet
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Pulp and Paper Lagoons: The Time is Now!

  • MDG
  • March 30, 2020
With the help of hardy Bacillus bacteria, you can treat the incoming sludge as you go, while also reducing 40-60% of your current sludge blanket. With bioaugmentation, you can experience rapid results in increasing treatment capacity. Together we can help you with sludge build-up concerns in a time where there is no time for other options. 
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Cleaning and Disinfecting: Different and Important

  • Mike King
  • March 27, 2020
This message is for all of you cleaning at home and all the industrial and institutional (Jan-San) professionals; those of you who are cleaning our critical infrastructure facilities during this unique time. Thank you for your efforts and service. As a microbiologist who formerly worked for a chemical company who sold chlorine and bromine oxidizer products (similar to bleach), I suggest everyone take note of the CDC Recommendations to Clean AND
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Wastewater Technical Support During COVID-19

  • MDG
  • March 26, 2020
Now more than ever, wastewater workers are absolutely essential. With an influx in residential water use, we see and appreciate the hard work being done to keep the world of water running as smoothly as possible. While our ability to travel is limited at this time, our technical service team is ready to help from afar.
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Toilet Paper Hoarding: A Source of Sewer Backups

  • Mike King
  • March 24, 2020
Many people have been stocking up on toilet paper over the past few weeks. If you haven’t visited the toilet paper aisle in a while, you may be making tough decisions. Most grocery store TP shelves quickly started to collect dust. A lack of toilet paper means that many will turn to alternatives, causing issues for homeowners and municipalities if steps aren’t taken. No toilet paper means Kleenex, wipes, paper towels, shop towels,
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Biotifx® in Action: Lagoons and Ponds

  • MDG
  • March 4, 2020
When it comes to treating wastewater lagoons and ponds, our partners follow our full-service treatment approach that combines premier bioaugmentation products, step-by-step treatment programs, and in-field support. This unique combination creates a complete solution that brings real success to their customers – just like this real lagoon treatment story! BACKGROUND One of our distribution partners (DPs) was working with a beverage
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Microbial Discovery Group Adds New Wastewater Treatment Account Manager

  • MDG
  • February 19, 2020
To meet the growing demand for premium, full-service bioaugmentation solutions, MDG expands their wastewater treatment team into the Northeast region. Microbial Discovery Group LLC (MDG) is pleased to announce the addition of Russell Simpkins as their newest Account Manager for the Wastewater Treatment industry. Russell will focus on servicing new MDG partners with our Biotifx® platform, a complete solution that includes top-of-the-line
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