What is a microbe?
A microbe is a microscopic bacteria organism. Micro-Blaze® microbes are found naturally in the world’s soils and water.We have selected the specific strains of microbes for their affinity for hydrocarbon and other organic contaminants commonly found in the commercial industrial workplace.
What ingredients are in Micro-Blaze® Microbial Products?
Micro-Blaze® Microbial Products are a unique blend containing a proprietary blend of wetting agents, nutrients, and safe, non-pathogenic, spore-forming bacteria.
What are wetting agents?
Wetting agents help break down the surface tension of water and other materials. They also break-down hydrocarbon-based compounds into smaller molecular structures that the microbes can digest more efficiently.
What are nutrients?
Nutrients, sometimes called biocatalyst, are comprised of substances that help support the growth and reproduction of the microbes, much like vitamins. Certain Micro-Blaze® Microbial Products contain our own biocatalyst product called Micro-Blaze® BudKicker.
What kind of microbes are in Micro-Blaze® products?
A proprietary blend of Bacillus spores – they are natural, non-pathogenic bacteria. Upon application onto a spill or contaminated soil, the microbes germinate, and become active within 15 to 20 minutes. In ideal conditions, the microbes double in population every 20 minutes, and will digest the waste as long as all of the necessary ingrediants (water, oxygen, and a food source, i.e. the organic waste) are present. The harmless byproducts of their degradation process are carbon dioxide, water, and trace amounts of organic salts.
What is the pH range of Micro-Blaze® Microbial Products?
The pH of Micro-Blaze® Microbial Products ranges (when diluted to proper application rates) from 7.0 – 8.0. The microbes work in pH environments ranging from about 4.5 – 10.5, with the optimal range being from 6.0 – 9.0
What is the difference between enzyme products and microbial products?
Enzymes will only liquefy a waste, thereby changing the form of the waste; they can not digest it, like microbes do. Microbes produce their own enzymes that help to digest waste, changing it into harmless byproducts of carbon dioxide and water. You can have an enzyme product without microbes, but it can not digest and bioremediate the waste.
What is the difference between a vegetative microbe and a sporeforming microbe?
Some microbial products contain vegetative microbes that do not have the ability to revert to a spore form when conditions are not favorable. Micro-Blaze® Microbial Product microbes will revert to a spore form and will germinate when conditions become better; and, upon recognizing that a food source is still present, will again start digesting the organic hydrocarbon waste and contamination.
Will these microbes harm wetlands, asphalt, grass, dirt, rubber, plastic, or metals?
No. The Bacillus spores, in all likelihood, are already present in the soils and waterways of the earth’s wetlands. The spores are very tolerant of brackish and sea water. The microbes do not recognize roadway asphalt as a food source. Micro-Blaze® Microbial Products are used by golf courses and farms to improve the health of the grass. These Microbes only digest organic materials and are therefore safe on all rubber, plastic, and metals.
Are Micro-Blaze® Microbial Products on any “approved” list(s) with government agencies or testing laboratories?
Micro-Blaze® Emergency Liquid Spill Control is on the U.S. EPA National Contigency Plan (NCP) as a bioremediation effectiveness agent. Micro-Blaze® Microbial Products are also listed with many state and local agencies. Micro-Blaze® FOG is tested and certified by NSF International. All of our firefighting foams are U/L listed or classified.