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Floor Drain Problems and Solutions: Prevent Floor Drain Odors and Drain Flies

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

Prevent Floor Drain Odors and Drain Flies,backflows can occur and cause flood damageFloor drains facilitate the cleaning and maintenance of your production and sanitation locations.  They also play a key role in keeping your work environment safe, especially if there is the potential for excess water or other fluids.  However, with the convenience of floor drains come inherent problems and harmful issues.  Not only can adverse conditions in your floor drains create an unsanitary environment, but they can also lead to both slip & fall accidents and expensive repairs and reconditioning. 

Common Floor Drain Problems

  • Sewer odors can rise from dried traps.
  • Backflows can occur and cause flood damage.
  • Floor drains provide a doorway for insects (drain flies, maggots, roaches, etc.)
  • Drain flies will breed creating additional insect issues within the drain.
  • Expensive repairs may be needed if the drain isn’t properly maintained.

Traditionally the remedy to these problems has come in the form of chemical-based solutions.  However not only is flushing the drain with chemicals harmful to the environment, it may not be effective. Clearing floor drains with these solutions is also labor intensive and repetitive. 

Ignoring the problem will not only lead to the common issues mentioned above, but replacing trap primers can be an expensive undertaking.  After parts and labor a retro fitted trap primer can cost over $1,000.  A new installation can cost over $500. And a water trap primer replacement can cost over $300. When you take this into account for all of your floor drains, the costs can really add up; and without improving your floor drain maintenance measures, you may be doomed to repeat this process.  So what is a better solution to prevent floor drain odors and drain flies?

The Green Drain Floor Drain Solution

The most effective way to prevent odors and stop drain flies in your floor drains is with the Green Drain, from Chemex.  Green Drain utilizes a one-way valve that was designed to eliminate floor drain odors with durable silicon skirts.  These silicon flaps also prevent backups, backflows and insects from entering through the drain.  Green Drain can be installed in the pipe or within the drain housing.  Green Drain is available in four sizes:  GD102: 2 inch, GD103: 3 inch, GD1035: 3.5 inch, GD104: 4 inch.

Green Drain Benefits

  • Green Drain’s one way valve creates a seal that stops floor drain issues.
  • Gases from drains are eliminated.
  • Strong silicon skirts can prevent flood damage.
  • Insects are blocked from entering through drains.
  • Provides an eco-friendly, sanitary and chemical free solution.
  • Lasts for several years and requires little to no maintenance.
  • Easy to install.
  • Improves drainage quality.
  • One way check valve provides insurance froom backflow

When it comes to your facility’s floor drains, ignoring them is not an option.  Neither is settling for odors, insects and unsanitary conditions.  Now there is an alternative to harmful, ineffective chemicals that can stop odors, prevent flood damage and end drain flies and other insects from entering through your floor drains.  Chemex Industries provides environmentally safe and effective cleaning products and tools for a wide range of industries.  Green Drain is a proven and effective floor drain solution and is an example of the quality products that Chemex Industries has available.

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Topics: floor drain odors, green drain, drain fly control, drain care

Green Drain Will Solve Drain Fly Issues & Control Floor Drain Odors

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 @ 16:08 PM

Get Rid of Drain Flies and Control Drain Flies

While they may be simple devices, seldom noticed by the public, floor drains are an important aspect to the plumbing system. Industrial buildings, commercial institutions & food service represent just some of these installations with drain fly problems. These floor drains are typically the culprits behind foul odors and insect infestations: Green Drain will solve drain fly issues and floor drain odors. 

The floor drains have a trap that fills with water to prevent foul odors -- methane and other sewer gases -- from pouring out of the drain. Dry traps are often the cause of foul odors in these spaces, as is the build up of slime/bacteria/debris and other sewage contaminents.

Drain flies (Psychodidae family) are small, light-gray to tan flies that feed on organic matter and sewage. They're not exclusive to industrial or commercial spaces; drain flies (sometimes called moth flies or sewer flies) are also found in homes. These small flies lay eggs in decomposing material (i.e. sewage in or under floor drains); an entire generational cycle can complete in less than one week under favorable conditions. Once mature, the flies often come up through the floor drain and infest the area. Potentially pestilent, some of these flies are not dangerous, nor do they transmit diseases. These insects can however, cause problems for people with beathing difficulty, e.g. asthmatics. If your business is related to food service, you must be aware of the deadly distress of Lysteria (Listeria monocytogenes).  One of the most common harborage sites for Listeria is the floor drain. Listeria monocytogenes is the most well-known Listeriagenus and the greatest concern for food safety, because of its ability to withstand harsh conditions.

Green Drain, is the chemical-free solution to flooding and other floor drain maintenance problems. This product has several features to eliminate foul odors, insect infestations, and the need to constantly pour harsh chemicals down your drain. Green Drain's design includes a one-way valve to eliminate the possibility of gases venting upward into the space. It also effectively blocks insects from entering the drain, thus preventing the flies' life cycle from completing. The strong silicon skirt prevents flood damage, in the case of back-flow. 

This product is easy to install; install it in either the pipe or drain housing. Green Drain is available in five sizes: 1.7-inch diameter; 2-inch diameter; 3-inch diameter; 3.5-inch diameter; and 4-inch diameter.            chemex drain control

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