Easy2Flow, as a Bioenzyme based product, is different than enzyme or acid-based cleaners. This means the active ingredients (the enzymes that break down the organic macromolecules that comprise the biofilm) are contained within living bacteria in the product, as opposed to enzyme-based products, where the active ingredients are the actual enzymes with no microbes present.
- Bioenzymes will work over a wide variety of pH, temperature and salt levels, while enzymes will be much more limited. This is because bioenzymes are contained in the bacteria, which protects them from the external environment. Once they sense the biofilm (as food) they will make/release the biofilm-digesting enzymes.
- Bioenzymes will be more effective at targeting biofilm and mixed clogs. This is because the bacteria see the biofilm accumulations as food, which they will actively seek out and digest.
- Conditions which limit bioenzyme activity (pH > 8; bleach or chlorinated water) will also inactivate enzyme-based products.
Biofilm clogs can be difficult to remove and are resistant to most chemical treatments. From our research into mass ag operations, most of the buildup is not minerals, but biofilm and organic minerals. When you use acids (which are inexpensive) in any tape, drip system, hose, etc., it causes the biofilm to become more rubbery and impossible to break down. While acids are excellent at removing mineral clogs, they have the opposite effect on Biofilm clogs. Acid treatment will cause both the protein and DNA/RNA macromolecule components of Biofilms to undergo a process called “precipitation” where they aggregate into solid “clumps” that are resistant to being broken down and flushed out of the irrigation line even with enzymatic treatment.
Unlike harsh chemical treatments which are limited to the surface of the biofilm only, Easy2Flow’s enzymes actively digest all biofilm layers, restoring your irrigation system to 100% capacity. Easy2Flow is OMRI certified so you can be sure of its natural ingredients.