Bioremediation has been around for a while. It is believed that its use dates back as far as Roman times when microorganisms were used to treat collected waste water, but microbiologists didn't really start studying it until the 1940s. However, it wasn't really popularized as a term until the end of the 1980s when a form of bioremediation was used to combat large oil spills in the ocean. If you've never heard of bioremediation, it is simply the use of microorganisms or other forms of life to consume and break down environmental pollutants. Here are some examples of bioremediation and how we use helpful bacteria and enzymes to help the businesses we serve.
Examples of Bioremediation
In the cleanup of those oil spills mentioned above, bacteria are introduced into areas where spills have occurred, and these organisms metabolize the pollutants. That means they eat it and turn it into organic, harmless waste product.
Waste treatment plants in urban centers are turning to earthworms to help remove heavy metals from human waste. Earthworms are able to digest heavy metals, including cadmium and lead, and render these materials inert. This process allows waste material to be used as compost for growing human food without the risk of accumulating heavy metals in crops.
A project is underway to use coffee grounds, straw, and yellow oyster mushrooms to spawn a mycelium. This mycelium, which is the root system of the mushrooms, works to break down oil, pesticides, and harmful bacteria in the soil. It also acts as a natural pesticide against problematic crop pests. The organization behind the project hopes to one day use this biological concoction as a low-cost way to reduce pollution in waterways.
Bioremediation is used in crime scene cleanup. There are many risks when blood and bodily fluids are everywhere, and rather than covering everything with bleach and ammonia, crime scene cleaners are starting to turn to enzyme cleaners that contain organisms that consume and process these pollutants.
When protecting a company from pests, it is often necessary to address breeding sites. One common breeding site is drains. When we learned that we could stop insects from breeding and feeding in drains, reduce foul odors, eat away blockages, and fix slow drain lines with naturally occurring bacteria, we were excited. After testing bioremediation, we have found that it does an amazing job with zero impact on the environment. That is a win-win in our book.
If your company has drain problems, bioremediation services from McCall Service are the solution. It is the smarter, cleaner way to control pests--and clogs.