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That One Chemical That Dissolves Human Feces and Saves You From Clogged Drains

As a retired plumber with over 30 years of experience, I’ve seen my fair share of clogged toilets and drains blocked up with human waste. And let me tell you, there’s nothing more unpleasant than having to fish out someone’s poop from a toilet drain or sewer line. But thankfully, there are some powerful chemicals out there that can dissolve and break down human feces quickly and effectively. In this post, I’ll share my insider knowledge on the best chemical solutions to dissolve poop and keep your drains flowing free.

Why Do Toilets Get Clogged with Poop in the First Place?

Before we get into the chemicals, let’s first understand why toilets get clogged up with human feces. When you flush the toilet, the waste gets pushed along the drain pipes by the force of the water. Ideally, it should flow smoothly all the way to the sewer or septic system. However, sometimes the poop gets stuck along the way.

This can happen for a few reasons:

  • You used too much toilet paper, which doesn’t break down easily in water. The paper wraps around the poop and creates a clog.
  • The poop is very large, solid, or dense. Larger poop has more trouble fitting through the tight toilet trap and drain pipes.
  • There is a partial blockage already in the drain, so even smaller poops can’t get by. Things like grease, hair, and other debris can slowly build up over time.
  • The drain pipe has sagged or settled, creating low spots where waste collects instead of flowing out.
  • Tree roots have grown into the drain line, blocking the flow.
  • The toilet or drain pipe is just old and cracked, catching debris.

No matter the exact cause, the result is the same – a clogged toilet full of poop. Never a fun surprise! But like I said, there are special chemicals that can dissolve that poop quickly and get your toilet flushing freely again.

Chemical Poop Eaters – What Actually Breaks Down Feces?

So what are these magical poop-dissolving potions? There are two main chemical solutions that I’ve used to break down human waste clogs over the years. Here’s a breakdown:

1. Caustic Soda

Also known by its chemical name sodium hydroxide, caustic soda is an extremely alkaline chemical with a pH around 13.5. It is an aggressive cleaner that breaks down proteins and fats – the main components of human feces.

Caustic soda dissolves poop in two ways:

  • Saponification – Caustic soda reacts with the fatty acids in poop to create soap, allowing it to dissolve.
  • Proteolysis – The high alkalinity breaks down proteins into smaller amino acids that can wash away in water.

With its high pH, caustic soda provides the brute force to rapidly liquefy and dissolve accumulated poop and organic matter clogging a drain. Just a half cup of caustic soda can melt away even the toughest blockages within minutes.

However, I must offer a word of caution when using this chemical. Caustic soda is highly corrosive and can cause severe burns to skin and eyes. Proper protective equipment like gloves and eye protection are an absolute must. Never mix caustic soda with other drain cleaners, as dangerous chemical reactions can occur. Only trained professionals should handle concentrated caustic soda.

2. Enzyme Cleaners

For a safer and gentler way to dissolve poop, enzyme cleaners offer an effective solution. Rather than harsh chemicals, enzyme cleaners use bio-cultures and strains of live bacteria to digest waste.

Specific enzymes like amylase, protease, and lipase attack the starches, proteins, and fats in human feces. The bacteria literally eat and digest the poop, liquefying it so it can wash away.

Enzyme cleaners are also able to break down toilet paper, food scraps, grease, and other gunk that might clog drains. Unlike caustic chemicals, enzyme cleaners are non-toxic and won’t harm pipes, septic systems, or the environment. This makes them ideal for frequent use in toilets and preventive drain maintenance.

Some popular enzyme cleaner brands include Draino, Rid-X, and Septic Helper. Just pour a pouch down the toilet and let the enzymes work overnight to dissolve clogs. Enzymes may take longer than caustic soda, but provide a steady and thorough clean that is safe for plumbing.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Dissolve Poop Clogs

Now that you know what chemicals break down poop, let’s look at how to apply them to clear a clogged toilet or drain. Follow these steps:

For Caustic Soda:

  1. Wear gloves, goggles, and protective clothing. Work in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Slowly pour 1/2 cup of caustic soda powder down the drain.
  3. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes as it dissolves the clog.
  4. Add 4-6 cups of very hot water to flush the drain thoroughly. This activates the caustic soda reaction.
  5. Flush the toilet a few times once the water starts draining.
  6. Rinse any splashes in the toilet bowl with water. Caustic soda can damage porcelain over time.

For Enzyme Cleaners:

  1. Wear gloves just as a precaution. Enzyme cleaners are non-toxic though.
  2. Shake or activate the pouch of enzyme cleaner per product instructions.
  3. Pour the enzyme cleaner into the toilet bowl and let it sit overnight.
  4. The next morning, flush the toilet a few times.
  5. For drains, run hot water for a few minutes to wash down the drain.
  6. Repeat as needed for persistent clogs until the drain is clear.

Enzyme cleaners may require a couple treatments, but provide a steady, safe solution.

When Should You Call a Professional Plumber?

While chemical poop eaters can clear many clogs, don’t hesitate to call a pro plumber if:

  • The clog persists after 2-3 chemical treatments
  • Water overflows from the toilet or drain
  • You have a sewer line backup or slow drain throughout the house
  • You want to avoid handling caustic soda yourself
  • The toilet or plumbing leak or are damaged

As a former plumber, I’ve tackled my share of nasty clogs. But in severe cases, calling a local pro to safely dissolve stubborn poop obstructions is wise. They have heavy-duty tools like power augers if chemicals can’t clear the blockage. Don’t waste time on a plumbing disaster – get a plumber on the job.

Let Chemistry Keep Your Drains Flowing Freely!

I hope this retired plumber’s guide gives you newfound confidence to handle poop-clogged drains and toilets. While no one wants to deal with someone else’s feces, a little caustic soda or enzyme cleaner can quickly dissolve the problem away. Understanding the science behind these chemical poop devourers helps you use them effectively and safely.

Put that knowledge into action. Don’t live with slow, smelly drains or toilets that don’t fully flush. Use the power of chemistry to effortlessly eat through organic waste and keep your plumbing flowing smoothly from now on. It’s simple science – just don’t bite off more than you can chew!

In summary:

  • Caustic soda and enzyme cleaners are chemicals designed to dissolve poop.
  • Caustic soda is powerful but corrosive – use with care! Enzymes are gentler.
  • Follow the steps to apply chemicals and dissolve toilet and drain clogs.
  • Call a plumber for serious plumbing issues or overflowing waste.
  • Use chemicals preventively to avoid future poop clogs!