Frequently Asked Questions

 

Bioremediation is a process where biological organisms are used to remove or neutralize contaminants. “Bio-” refers to the biological organisms, “-remediation” refers to remedying the situation.

While they share the same process, the difference is generally in where the remediation needs to happen.

The term bioremediation is commonly associated with the cleanup of contaminated soils, groundwater, and large oil spills. In these cases, companies that specialize in remediation act in conjunction with the responsible party, and state and federal regulators, to develop and execute a holistic plan to clean up the site.

The term bio cleaning is associated with remediating the ongoing contamination caused by industry and industrial processes. This term is used when the bioremediation process is applied to clean industrial and residential spaces and surfaces such as equipment, facilities, floors, walls, vehicles, and more.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in its principles of greener cleanups, indicates bioremediation is the best practice for minimizing industry’s environmental footprint.

  • Reducing total energy use and increasing renewable energy use
  • Reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reducing water use and negative impacts on water resources
  • Improving material management and waste-reduction efforts
  • Enhancing land management and ecosystem protection

It is a patented formulation of natural ingredients that transforms water into a smart gel, creating the ideal delivery mechanism for bioremediation treatments. Here’s more information about how iSorb® works.

Did you know that one quart of oil can contaminate up to a quarter-million gallons of water? Make sure the product you are using will not cause further environmental damage. While there are hundreds of industrial cleaners that are considered “green,” not all fully support environmental sustainability and the EPA’s bioremediation best practices. Environmental sustainability is fast becoming the primary goal of corporate pollution-prevention programs. Here’s the issue: traditional green cleaners may effectively clean the area, but they can be out of compliance with company programs, and create ongoing and potentially higher-cost issues by simply moving the contamination from one area to another. The result is additional cost to comply with local, state, and federal laws governing the removal and disposal of contamination.

Unfortunately, many companies offering microbial or bio-remedial cleaners claim instant results. While the bioremediation process can begin instantly, the microorganisms need time to consume the hydrocarbons and turn them into water and CO2. Bioremediation is a natural process using natural ingredients. As such, it follows a predictable timeline and is not a chemical quick fix. Making claims that are counter to the laws of physics has improperly set user expectations, resulting in disappointment and the overall perception that bio doesn’t work. Bio does work; it just takes time.

iSorb is a patented formulation of safe-to-use natural ingredients, combined with North American indigenous, non-GMO, hydrocarbon-consuming microbes that transform water into a controllable smart gel.

The iSorb family of products are not regulated as hazardous materials and are therefore not classified as dangerous.

The viscosity is formulated based on application type and can range from >6 cP (watery) to <45,000 cP (semi solid). We have formulations to address the majority-of-use cases within each application type. Contact us so we can help build your treatment plan or even customize a formulation to meet your site's specific goals.

Our primary microbial blend cleans a wide variety of petroleum hydrocarbons. Some examples include: crude oils; jet fuel; gasoline; lubricating, cutting, and turbine oils; petroleum products; PAHs; VOCs; benzene; ethylbenzene; toluene; BTEX; acetates; and chloro-hydrocarbons. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Most importantly, choose a bioremedial cleaner—but be aware that not every bioremedial cleaner will support your goals. When selecting a bio cleaner, look for a product that is 100% natural, non-toxic, PH-neutral, and contains no toxic chemicals. iSorb® MioGels and MioMats are the right choice.

iSorb is a patented formulation of natural ingredient and microbes that transforms water into a highly controllable smart gel. iSorb’s controllability is the reason to switch. Control means maximum cleaning power, exactly where it is needed, which means faster results, fewer applications, and less operational disruption.

Successful bioremediation is dependent on the treatment’s ability to make and maintain contact with the targeted contamination. Because iSorb is a gel and doesn’t use water as a delivery mechanism, we are able to customize formulations in application-specific viscosities.

By matching the gel viscosity to the treatment surface, iSorb is able to place our hydrocarbon-consuming microbes directly on the targeted contamination. Delivering bioremedial cleaning power in viscosities that stay in place ensures the treatment stays connected to the contamination throughout the entire bioremediation process—even when applied to sloping and vertical surfaces.

This game-changing characteristic results in an effective, safe, and sustainable bioremedial solution to clean areas and surfaces where traditional water-based treatments have been operationally inefficient, ineffective, unsafe, and costly.

For example:

  • Utility transformers, valves and pumps, fuel storage, refilling tanks, refueling areas, retaining walls, track ballast, and more
  • Concrete blocks, pipes and surfaces, asphalt, loose gravel
  • In-situ soil remediation as part of a multi-stage program
  • Land farms, biopiles, and similar excavated soils mixed with soil amendment
  • Any application where the use of excessive amounts of water risks secondary contamination, is environmentally unsafe, or operationally inefficient