What is bioremediation?
Bioremediation refers to any method that uses microbes to recycle organic materials.
What exactly are oil-eating microbes?
Oil-eating microbes are microbes that have been collected from natural water and soil sources around the world. They are selected for their particular affinity for consuming hydrocarbon-based pollutants, and are further trained to enhance this hydrocarbon affinity.
Are any special requirements required for microbe use or storage?
Microbes only need what most forms of life need: oxygen, water, food (hydrocarbon) and an acceptable temperature (28° - 140°F) and pH (5.5 – 10.0).
What are some of the advantages of the use of microbes?
- Microbes are completely natural, so they are a “green” solution.
- Microbes can eliminate the need for absorbent products & their disposal problems/costs.
- Microbes can be used to clean up spills on water, soil, or hard surfaces and can even be used to remove old stains in asphalt or concrete.
- A very small volume of microbes is needed compared to the area being treated.
What happens to the microbes after the oil or fuel has been consumed?
The microbes will either die, return to former natural concentration levels, or be eaten by other organisms. The microbes have an effective life span of approximately three months.
What are the final by-products after the microbes consume the hydrocarbon?
Carbon dioxide, water, trace carbon, lipids (white fatty acids), and bacterial cells. The lipids are actually a source of food for larger organisms and vegetative life.
How rapidly do microbes work?
The microbes begin working immediately, once activated by salt water or fresh water and a food source. Remediation times vary from several hours to several weeks depending on the type and concentration of the hydrocarbon. For example, light fuels floating on water will be gone within a few hours. Heavy crude oil in soil will require several months.
Do the microbes have a shelf life?
Yes, microbes that have yet to be activated have a 5-year shelf life. Once microbes are activated, the microbes will continue to work for up to three months before they begin to die off and need to be replaced.
Is it safe to use microbes?
Yes, the microbe products are 100% environmentally safe, non-toxic, and contain no pathogens.
Are the microbes dangerous to my health?
No, microbes are found everywhere in the environment, and are the original recyclers of organic materials. The average human adult carries approximately 3 lbs. of microbes on and in the body.
What happens if I ingest or inhale the products?
It will taste like mud, and could make you sneeze, but it is non-toxic and harmless.