Green Drain®: The Simple Yet Effective Solution to Drain Odors and Pests

Restaurants often face the challenge of odors and bugs coming up through floor drains due to food particles, grease, or sugary liquids entering drain lines. Having blocked or dirty drains creates the perfect conditions for pests to live and breed. Flushing drains with chemicals can be costly and ineffective, and there are no insecticides available to safely use in drains to eliminate fruit flies and other common pests that are an annoyance to restaurants.

Drain Protection

The underlying drainage technology is an area that has evolved very little since the advent of modern plumbing. However, buildings are getting bigger and the volume of matter we now push through these pipes are stressing them out. Green Drain® brand trap seals are an evolved, cutting-edge solution, but to understand their value, you must understand the underlying problem.

The problem of drain blockages has only increased over the years. Waste disposals and macerators are flushing solids. Commercial kitchens are washing away fats and fat solids. Drainpipes in commercial kitchens haven’t increased in size, but the volume of content flowing through them has.

Many buildings are also going “green.” Low flush toilets are installed. Water-saving devices have been installed on faucets, showers and more energy-efficient boilers are available. “Going Green” ignores the original design of modern plumbing, which dictates that gravity and water push waste through the pipes.

When you reduce the volume of the water in a drainpipe and increase the waste, the following happens:


This leads to back-ups, flooding, drain flies and more infiltrating the living/workspace through the drains.

Dry Traps

This causes the airflow to reverse direction — instead of going down the drain it moves into the living/work area. Germs spread. This can also lead to pathogen spread. Viruses such as NORO and SARS can spread quickly through the pipes and out the drains.

Sewer Smells

When the airflow reverses, sewer gas odors travel back into the living/workspace through the drains. Sewer gas contains highly toxic substances such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. These gases are extremely flammable, and exposure can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness and irritation to the eyes and respiratory tract.

The Green Drain Solution

Green Drain, Inc. manufactures an economical Drain Trap Seal Device that allows water to flow down the drain while preventing Pests, Odors, or Harmful Gases/ Pathogens from coming up and infiltrating the living or workspace.

Users of Green Drain™ have seen the immediate, positive impact by this effective floor drain solution.

“We have completed the install of the Green Drain product; installation could not be easier. I am impressed with the simplistic design and the quality of the materials and construction. We [previously] had issues with pest intrusion at some floor drain locations. Since we have installed these units, we have monitored for activity and have found none. Just with the pest issue resolved alone, we are sold, not to mention the elimination of drain maintenance and drain odors.”

-Foodservice Distributor Sales Representative

“Being an open-air brewery, during the summer season we are in a constant battle with fruit flies and mosquitos at, and around, our floor drains, behind our tasting room bar, as well as our restrooms. Likewise, during the cleaning out of our brewing equipment, we are routinely flushing down fermented malt and barley through our trough drains. After installing [Green Drain] in all our floor drains, we could see a noticeable difference in the reduction of fruit fly and mosquito activity.”

-Restaurant Owner

“After years of working in schools with high populations, I have dealt with every odor and pest issue imaginable. I have sourced many products claiming to tackle the issues at hand. As a school district, thousands upon thousands of dollars have been wasted and literally poured down the drains to eradicate pest and odor problems. (…) I decided to go forward with purchasing and outfitting our floor drains in the school. 4 months have gone by and I have yet to have a single complaint or concern since the Green Drains were installed.”

-School District Officer

Save money on chemicals and floor drain solutions that are ineffective or only offer short-term results. The Green Drain™ floor drain trap seal is your eco-friendly, preventative solution to contamination from drain lines and plumbing systems, hazardous gases and pathogens, and pests. Achieve optimal results and the best protection when you replace your Green Drains every six months.