FAQ

Barnacle Buster will dissolve small quantities of zincs or other sacrificial anodes.  Many times small section of anodes will flake off and clog water passages.  Barnacle Buster will dissolve these ‘flakes’ while also removing all of the marine growth.  It is recommended that you temporarily remove your sacrificial anodes while flushing with Barnacle Buster.     

As you pointed out, the thermostat would prevent the solution from reaching the engine block, so the only efficient way to flush these is to remove the thermostat and use a flushing system to recirculate the solution. The solution should be injected at the lowest end and return from the highest end of the system, and at the end of the flush we recommend back flushing the system to help remove any loose debris.

If you are not able to recirculate, you may soak your system. We recommend soaking between 6-12 hours, depending on th amount of scale. 

We recommend flushing your systems twice a year as preventative maintenance. However, in warmer climates, you may want to consider flushing more often. 

Barnacle Buster does not have a shelf life. The product will remain active until it has been thoroughly used. Each gallon of ready to use solution will absorb 1.5 pounds of marine growth. Once that amount has been taken in, the product is no longer active and should be discarded. While we understand that it is sometimes difficult to see how much has been absorbed, you may drop a sea shell (calcium based object) in the solution. An active solution will dissolve the shell within 20 minutes. 

To best determine the amount of Sew Clean need to clean your holding tank we would need to know the capacity of your tank.   Sew Clean works best on tanks if diluted 4:1.  Four parts water, one part Sew Clean. 

It is best if you try to flush your tank with water a couple of time before using Sew Clean as to first remove any loose waste.   This way Sew Clean can go to work on the buildup directly on the tank walls.   

First you will need to shut off your vacuflush system at the breaker. Add one quart of Sew Clean per head and flush. Let the mixed solution sit 6 to 12 hours then fresh water flush each head a few times. We recommend pumping the tank shortly after the process has been completed. 

Sew clean will by nature kill all bacteria that it comes in contact with however most often it is diluted far beyond the ability to do this once introduced into a septic tank.  To be sure, you might want to flush some fresh septic enzymes a day or so after Sew Clean has been in your system.  

Although Sew Clean was not intended for usage in waterless urinals and is not labeled as so, we’ve had some customers that have used it for this application with great results. The application consists of diluting the product to a 4:1 dilution ratio, filling and saturating the toilet for 4 to 8 hours, and then rinsing with fresh water.

There are 3 main types of waterless urinals on the market at the moment and the one way valve systems works great with Sew Clean. For the Barrier Fluid urinals, the cartridge would need to be removed prior to the appliance as they often contain oil and that would affect the product negatively, and Microbiological urinals will need to have the microbial spores replenish once the application is completed.

Also note that since uric scale is corrosive and can cause copper piping within the walls to fail fairly rapidly, so if said piping has not been upgraded when the waterless urinals where installed, using Sew Clean will cause it to clean said corrosion therefore making the problem worse, so please keep that in mind.  Based on the size of most septic tanks, Sew clean should not pose a threat.   

Yes. When using this type of setup, be sure to cap the supply to the exhaust. 

It is suggested that you run a fresh water flush first. While this is not necessary for the flushing process, checking for leaks prior will prevent unnecessary loss of product.  

It is not necessary to run a separate process to remove the salt water. We recommend using a TRAC flushing unit to re-circulate the product. As the product is pumped in, the existing water will be forced through the system. It is okay to have some sea water mixed with Barnacle Buster. 

Yes, you can, that’s what’s great about TRAC! By pumping two systems together in a series you can easily flush both systems concurrently, saving you a lot of time.

In most cases you can simply turn the equipment on and let it flush it self out. Although all of our products are safe to dispose of through your sewer system, you should check your local laws on disposal.

If you do not have access to a pH meter, try dropping a small seashell in the solution. The shell should completely dissolve itself within a 20 minutes time period. You may purchase pH strips from Trac. Our test strips measure 0.0 - 6.0. The correct pH for Barnacle Buster is between 1.0 - 1.25
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The best method is by measuring the pH level. The pH will rise during the application as deposits are dissolved. Once the pH has leveled off, or maintains at a set level for about 1 hour, the solution is no longer dissolving any material and has completed the cleaning. If a pH meter is not available, a visual inspection of the product will work but it is not 100% reliable. Once the foaming reduces, the application should be complete.

You can, but you will not obtain the desired results with a diluted solution.

The product will react in the same manner as water would on carpets and wood.

These products by nature will etch most metals. In other words ANY polished aluminum, marble, or tile will lose its shine. Covering your work area and removing deck plates is recommended. As far as any immediate danger to the applier of our products, TRAC solutions are safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, non-corrosive, and non-hazardous.

In most cases, yes. Usually this entails starting the engine, or turning on the air conditioning.

FOR DRINKING, BLACK, and GRAY WATER SYSTEMS: a good flush is required because you do not want to leave the chemical in the system for an extended amount of time.

If used as directed, our solutions will not harm metal. Galvanized metal, zinc, tin and some aluminum oxides should be closely monitored when using TRAC solutions.
The aluminum designed for uses in a water system, which most marine equipment is, is normally compatible with Trac Products. NOTE: ZINC ANODES WILL NEED TO BE REMOVED PRIOR TO OR REPLACED AFTER COMPLETION OF CLEANING.

NO! All of our solutions are specifically formulated for these types of applications. These materials can actually stay in full contact with the products for several weeks without being corrupted.