The goal of bioremediation is to restore a site infected with toxic materials to a safe and healthy condition. It stimulates the growth of certain microbes. These microbes release enzymes and break down contaminants into energy and food sources. This is a process that takes place in nature, so it is not harmful to the environment and the people around it. With natural organisms, bioremediation breaks down hazardous substances. Its by-products are simply water, carbon dioxide, and bacterial biomass.
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Pollution is a source of danger to our health and that of the environment. It has a huge impact on the fauna and flora and on the longevity of the planet we inhabit. The degradation of our soil affects our ability to grow food. Bioremediation technology can help limit and even eradicate the pollution generated. It provides clean water, clean air, and healthy soil for future generations.
Scientists have found ways to speed up the bioremediation process through bioremediation technology. Even if it occurs naturally over time. This technology is called intrinsic bioremediation or natural attenuation. Today, the latter is used to:
- Clean up our shores from oil spills
- Decontaminate our water supplies
- Rid our neighborhoods of dangerous pesticides
- Clean up blood and other hazardous materials from our homes
The professional use of bioremediation is far from new. But as we gain a better understanding of the underlying microbial reactions, we are increasingly able to use them to our advantage. In general, bioremediation requires few resources. It only used a small amount of energy compared to the conventional procedure. It does not result in the accumulation of hazardous by-products in the form of waste. The advantages of bioremediation are technical and financial. It can often take longer to put in place than traditional methods, but the results are worthwhile.
Bioremediation can be customized to the needs of the contaminated site involved. The specific microbes needed to break down the pollutant. They are stimulated to promote their growth. The process can be further perfected by using synthetic biology tools. These are used to pre-adapt the microbes to the pollution of the environment to which they are to be added.
What Does Bioremediation Entail?
Bioremediation specialists imitate and simulate nature’s biodegradation processes. They do this in order to treat polluting substances such as:
- Petroleum products
Microbes are numerous in nature:
They feed on contaminated substances and discharge:
- Harmless gases
This organic activity is exploited by biologists. They use it to reduce or neutralize the pollutants present in different environments. The development of microbes and the absorption of pollutants by them need certain conditions. Those include:
- Adequate temperature
- Nutrients and soil improvers
The treatment process can be carried out in situ, i.e. on-site. This is often the case once the police have cleared the area. But if conditions are not ideal, the intervention can be carried out ex-situ, i.e. on the soil surface. This is done by pumping out the polluted groundwater or by excavating the affected soil. When the soil is removed from the subsoil, treatment can then be carried out.
If there is little or no biological activity at a site, exogenous microbes may be introduced. These can be reinforced, and are intended to neutralize contamination.
Why Should I Turn to a Bioremediation Professional For Help?
For most people, bioremediation is associated with violent crime. However, this technique is also used for:
- Infectious diseases
All of these situations require the intervention of qualified bioremediation professionals. Due to the presence of pathogens such as hepatitis and HIV, blood can pose significant health risks. The difficulty of cleaning blood yourself is that there is probably some hidden residue that may have escaped you. Even if the blood seems to have disappeared. Remember that if the blood is not carefully disposed of, it may:
- Cause further damage to your property
- Spread diseases
- Release unpleasant odors
What Is the Treatment Length?
The time required for remediation is site-specific. It can range from several months to several years. It mostly depends:
- On the size of the contaminated area
- The suitability of the host and surrounding environments
- The concentration of contaminants
- In situ or ex situ methods
- The remediation after ex-situ treatment
Sometimes the progress of bioremediation is too slow to effectively clean up a contaminated site. In these cases, the rate of bioremediation can be improved. It is done by adding a substance that acts as a fertilizer to allow bacteria to grow and feed more quickly. Those substances include:
What is the Legal Framework for Bioremediation?
The legislation in force is strict and limits the way in which medical waste must be neutralized. Not all bioremediation service providers are allowed to operate with these hazardous substances. In accordance with OSHA standards, all cleaning and disinfection service personnel must be trained on:
- Blood-borne pathogens
- Personal protective equipment
- Heat-related illnesses
- Asbestos awareness
- Hazard communication
- Fall protection
- Elevator safety
- Power tool safety and lockout
Why Choose Rapid Restoration?
Any event that requires the presence of a bioremediation professional is of a traumatic nature:
- Industrial accidents
- Unassisted deaths
Rapid Restoration’s workers always show compassion and understanding. They help the victim’s family to overcome this difficult stage of their life. Selecting the right approach and plan of action is crucial to cleaning up a site and meeting legal requirements. We are able to use the latest remediation technologies and other proven methods. For a bioremediation solution, contact Rapid Restoration today.