Oil, Chemical and other Spills - Unlike Wine Spills
Why aren’t chemical leaks like wine spills?
We’ve seen it… the commercials where red wine has spilled onto white carpet… causing a horrific stain that is unlikely to remove. Oh the horror! What do you do? Steam clean? Replace the carpet? Ahhh, it’s really not that bad. How about simply place a rug or move your furniture over it? Yes, really… at least you can do that with spilled wine, however that is not as bad as a chemical spill. Unlike ugly wine spills, chemical spills can be worst, because we’d face federal and EPA fines in addition to health hazards and OSHA issues.
Unfortunately, if you work with fuel tanks, steel drums, and other containers or vehicles holding hazardous oil based chemicals, you know a dark patch of soil can only mean trouble. You also know that those types of spills are not as easy as dealing with a wine spill. If the soil under your fuel tank, for example, has turned a darker shade, you can’t just lift up the soil, throw it away, and buy some new soil, like you would with a rug. You definitely can’t just cover the darker soil with the nearest living room chair. Let’s face it EPA and Federal Regulations aren’t going to like these quick fixes by covering up oil spills with furniture… although we did try.
A solution to spilled oils, chemicals and more! UltraTech Microbes
By now you’re probably thinking, what do I do? What if it spreads? Is there even a solution? You can’t use Spill Pallets, Containment Berms, etc., because the spill has already occurred! But, luckily we at Thor Spill and Containment have a solution for you, so pick up your wine glass and read on!
Thor Spill and Containment Provides Effective Microbes
Thor Spill and Containment offers UltraTech Oil and Chemical Eating Microbes, manufactured by UltraTech. It is a 100% natural, hardy and fast-acting Microbe that have an affinity for oil and other hydrocarbons, as well as organic waste. These naturally occurring microbes have been on the EPA National Contingency List since its inception. The spill containment product can be spread on top of the spill you’ve noticed on the soil. Users can apply a small amount of microbes, in comparison to the area affected.
Once water is added, the microbes are activated. Thor Spill and Containment Oil and Chemical Eating Microbes digest hydrocarbon molecules released by the spill and break down such toxic chemicals into byproducts of carbon, lipids, and carbon dioxide, all of which are harmless! The microbes mimic the way nature degrades such contaminants, but at a faster speed. Rather than waiting a few months or even years for it to occur, the product allows bio-remediation to occur in days.
Microbes, a Green Solution
Fortunately, on top of helping natural processes occur faster, since Thor Spill and Containment microbes are also 100% natural, they serve as a “green” solution, never damaging the environment, as opposed to other products on the market.
MICROBES ARE NOT JUST FOR OIL SPILLS. HERE ARE SOME OTHER KNOWN APPLICATIONS:
WWTP* — Industrial (refineries, pulp mills, chemical
plants, steel mills, textile plants)
WWTP — Municipal (collection systems, food processing)
Plumbing Maintenance — sinks, grease traps
Bioremediation — soil, water, stormwater
Agriculture/Aquaculture — eliminating ammonia, stormwater
Oily Water — oil/water separators, containment sumps,
WWTP — Waste Water Treatment Plant
Where do Ultra Microbes come from?
Ultra-Microbes are a consortium of three different types of microbes that are cultivated from rugged environments such as undersea vents or sites where there is volcanic activity. They are then bred and naturally enhanced in sea water and ammonia using sweet Texas crude oil as their only food source. 100% Natural. The result is 100% natural, hardy and fast-acting Microbes that have an affinity for oil and other hydrocarbons, as well as organic waste. This specific consortium of Microbes (Ultra-Microbes) has not been genetically altered or engineered. These naturally occurring microbes have been on the EPA National Contingency List since its inception.
How do Ultra Microbes work?
Ultra-Microbes will digest hydrocarbon molecules and break them down into harmless byproducts of carbon, carbon dioxide and lipids (a natural, soluble fatty material that is food for fish and plants). The more complex the hydrocarbon, the longer this process may take (for example, kerosene and diesel will be consumed more quickly than motor oil). This naturally occurring process is supercharged by adding these specific microbes to any oil spill or contaminated area (see list of known applications in the table below). It infuses as many as 5 billion microbes per gram into an oil spill, greasy catch basin, oil/water separator, etc. and within hours these microbes have reproduced from billions per gram to trillions. With water, oxygen and an organic food source (such as oil) these microbes will form vast colonies and digest and remediate oil on land and on water, as well as grease traps, septic tanks, storm drains and almost any other area where contaminants are present.
What happens to Microbes when they are “done”?
After approximately ninety days or when the microbes have been deprived of water, oxygen, or a food source, the microbe colony will begin to naturally die off.
How are they shipped?
The Ultra-Microbes are shipped dormant in a bentonite-claybased carrier. When the carrier dissolves in water, the microbes become activated and water may become temporarily murky due to the infusion of the clay. This is to be expected.
What else do I need to know?
Ultra-Microbe products should be stored and applied between 40°F and 120°F. Temperatures outside that range may cause the Microbes to become ineffective. Ultra-Microbes should not be exposed to radiation. Ultra-Microbes should only be used in applications where the pH is between 5.5 and 9.5.