The M.A.R.S Difference: Evacuation Line Cleaner

The M.A.R.S Difference: Evacuation Line Cleaner

Today’s blog of this series will be speaking about one of the most accessible forms of preventative maintenance an office can do for their equipment, the use of the right evacuation line cleaner. This is the last blog of the M.A.R.S Difference series, learning how our well trained Trusted Distributors can save you money, keep you compliant, and protect your office.

If you have been following our blogs, you may have read a few of our Blog Series on Evacuation Line Cleaners. Though, as a whole, evacuation line cleaners are simple to use, the complication lies in choosing the right one to use in your Dental Practice. There are many evacuation line cleaners to choose from in the Dental Industry; the trick is to know which are best to use.

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M.A.R.S Certified Amalgam Separator Specialists also receive training on evacuation line cleaners. Learning everything from what features make an excellent evacuation line cleaner to how to decipher which line cleaners are best for the needs of their customers.

It is essential that an office to read the Safety Data Sheet (Recommended of the evacuation line cleaner they are using. Unfortunately, there are currently more dangerous and non-compliant cleaners on the market than there are good ones. Below is a brief guide to help you choose the right evacuation line cleaner.

What Makes a Good Evacuation Line Cleaner?

Neutral pH

As required by the EPA Regulation, evacuation line cleaners are recommended to be neutral pH (between 6-8). Any cleaner too acidic or too alkaline has been found to release mercury into a dissolved form faster, causing issues of compliance.

Most equipment Manufacturers require a neutral pH as harsh cleaners have been known to damage metals in suctions lines and equipment, as well as void warranties.


The above photo is the copper suction line of an office using a popular evacuation line cleaner with the main ingredient being phosphoric acid.


According to major suction pump manufacturer, foaming Cleaners can damage dry AND wet vacuum systems. The damage done by foam on a dry vacuum is pretty obvious. The foam, being as light as air, travels by air, adding moisture to the dry vacuum motor.

What most people do not know is how foam can damage a wet vacuum pump. A wet vacuum has a propeller that uses water as a seal against the outer casing of the pump to create the suction. According to both DentalEZ and Tech West Technicians, when foam travels with the water from the operatories to the pump, the foam creates an air gap. The air gap is problematic for the propeller as it can cause it to hammer against the outer casing of the pump, damaging the propeller.

Safe for Staff

Many SDS require special equipment when handling. Be sure the staff is well trained on the appropriate handling. Reading the SDS will also help you determine if the line cleaner you are using is safe for your staff, equipment and compliant with your local standards.

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Cost Effective

Many cleaners can get rather expensive, especially if they are overused.

The M.A.R.S Difference

There are countless stories that can be shared on how a M.A.R.S Certified Amalgam Separator Specialist has saved a Dental Practice with their knowledge of preventative maintenance with evacuation line cleaners. From preventing the use of harsh cleaners, to switching clients off evacuation line cleaners that do not work; hundreds of dollars have been saved due to the efforts of Trusted M.A.R.S Distributors.

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If you are having suction issues, before calling a plumber, contact a Trusted M.A.R.S Distributor. You could potentially save your office thousands of dollars with just one call.

Need a Change?

After reading this Blog Series, are you not sure if your office is compliant or wondering if you are spending too much on your compliance? Visit our Distributor page, to find a Trusted M.A.R.S Distributor near you. Learn the difference our specially trained Trusted Distributors can make for your Practice.

Don’t have a Trusted M.A.R.S Distributor near you? M.A.R.S is selective on who we choose to join our family of Trusted Distributors. It may take time to vet and train a new distributor. If you feel your Service Technician should have our training, ask their company to apply for the M.A.R.S Specialized Amalgam Separator Course.


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