Micro-O's at Work


Microorganisms can be extremely efficient workhorses in many applications. One of the most common applications is the biological treatment of wastewater. Here, good bacteria help clean both domestic and industrial wastewater. Microbes digest and convert the waste to carbon dioxide, water and salts, which, in time will once again enter the ecological circle of nature.

Microorganisms are used in a wide array of applications. Here are a few examples:

Odor Control: Odors are perceived when odor molecules interact with olfactory receptors in the nose. To cause odor, compounds must be volatile to travel to the nose, and must possess chemistry that stimulates olfactory receptors. Historically, odor control has involved the application of perfumes or odor maskants that actually increase odor by adding another less objectionable odor to overpower the malodor. Chemicals such as formaldehyde may be used to deaden the odor response. In both cases, the odor compounds and any toxic effect that they may have are not eliminated.

Microbial action breaks down or degrades compounds such as spilled food, sweat, and urine that are often the cause of malodors. These organics are converted to benign cellular components plus odorless carbon dioxide and water. Removal of the organics prevents the return of malodor.

Floor Cleaning: Many chemical products clean floor surfaces but do not provide the residual cleaning effects of microbes. The microorganisms in GeoKleenís products digest grease and other organic material that have accumulated in and on the floors. With continued use, over time the floors will become truly deep cleaned.

Carpet Cleaning: Microbial technology is ideal for cleaning carpets. When food or urine is spilled on carpets, these organics seep into the carpets fibers, backing, and padding and into the pores of wooden sub-flooring or concrete under carpet. Standard cleaning agents may be effective at cleaning the surface fibers, but they are not able to remove residual organics that cause stains and odors to reappear. GeoKleenís microorganisms follow organics deep into the pores and microniches, where they destroy the organics to leave carpets clean and odor free.

Bathroom Cleaning: GeoKleenís specialized formulations cling to hard surfaces, allowing microbes to penetrate the surface pores and degrade trapped organic material. They can be used for cleaning floors, urinals, walls and fixtures in bathrooms.

Concrete and Driveways: Specialized bioformulations are designed to remove motor oil, grease, heavy grime, and organic food stains from concrete walkways, garage floors and driveways, manufacturing and food processing plant floors, and outside eating areas. Our biological products are environmentally friendly and safer to use than standard chemical cleaners designed for these applications.

Grease Traps: Microbial based products are perfect for maintaining grease traps. Grease traps are designed to separate grease and oil from a wastewater stream, and to reduce the build - up of their components in collection systems, in addition to preventing excessive loading on downstream treatment facilities. A grease trapís effectiveness in collecting grease varies with size and design relative to loading. Bioaugmentation takes advantage of the ability of the grease trap to support biological activity. By providing organisms that are specifically designed to degrade grease and oil, bioaugmentation can optimize this degradation process. Microorganisms recognize the organics present in the environment and respond by producing the specific enzyme required to degrade those specific organics.

The breakdown of grease is a complicated metabolic pathway in which each step requires a specific enzyme. As the specific enzyme breaks down each component, the microorganism takes these components into their cells and digests them, ultimately turning the grease into carbon dioxide and water.

Beverage Tower Drain Lines: Beverage Tower Drain Lines contain an abundance of carbohydrates (sugars). When the sugar in the drain lines begins to degrade and break down, the formation of cellulosic polymers (referred to as sugar snakes) occur. When left untreated, sugar deposits can accumulate to restrict, and eventually, block the flow of liquid through the drain lines.

Once a beverage tower drain line becomes blocked or restricted, it has the potential to harbor and accelerate foul odors, which will eventually result in line replacement or costly plumbing services.

Microbes produce the specific enzymes needed to breakdown the sugars, which allows the degradation of residual organics into carbon dioxide and water, thus eliminating the blocked drain lines and foul odors.

Wastewater Treatment: Microorganisms are ideally suited to degrade contaminants because they process the ability to make enzymes that breakdown organics and allow them to use contaminants as food.

Biological wastewater treatment systems rely on microbes to degrade organic matter under controlled conditions. In addition, bioaugmentation enhances the ability of indigenous biomass to degrade waste.

Microbes are similarly used for the clean up and remediation of soil, asphalt, concrete, wood, metal, and equipment that has come in contact with oil, gasoline, and grease.
Septic Systems: The purpose of septic tanks are to collect and treat household wastes, such as body waste, discarded food scraps run through garbage disposals, and soapy water from laundry and bathing. The septic system allows the solids to settle to the bottom of the tank and the liquid to drain to a leech field.

Microorganisms that are added to the indigenous population assist and accelerate the degradation of difficult to degrade organic compounds. These microorganisms added are designed to produce the specific enzymes needed to assist in the breakdown of a wide range of organic substrates. By ensuring that your septic tank contains a healthy population of microorganisms, you will help reduce the accumulation of solids at the bottom of the tank and reduce or eliminate odors that arise from improperly cared for systems.


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