Prevention of Rust
On of the most damaging effects on equipment is rusting. Rust is an oxidation reaction. Moisture on metal is not a good thing when there are oxidizing agents around. Almost any cleaner used today is an oxidizer. Ammonia and bleach will oxidize metals, causing rusted equipment, thereby increasing operations costs over time.
Antioxidants reverse oxidation (that is what the "anti" means). Antioxidants are chelated minerals and vitamins. EM-1® is fermented with cane molasses. Cane molasses have roughly 40 different trace minerals. The microbes in EM-1® will synthesize various bio-available vitamin compounds (including B complex and Vitamin A) and enzymes during the fermentation process. Therefore, EM-1® Waste Treatment is known to reverse putrefaction and oxidation through secreted by-products, namely, antioxidants. Antioxidants help with pH balance and are known for preventing and even reversing corrosion.
Prevention of Crowning
The pH balance also contributes to prevention of H2S combining with water vapor and forming H2SO4, the main cause of crowning in sewer lines. Thiobacillus bacteria are the same bacteria that are used in strip mining to produce the acid wash. These bacteria are found everywhere on earth, but they need a certain pH, water, and sulfur to form sulfuric acid. The wastewater vapors in sewer lines provide the perfect environment for sulfuric acid production.*
The microbes in EM-1® not only release O2 during their respiration which raises the pH, they also ingest a tremendous amount of sulfur, therefore removing it from the waste stream.*
Rising corrosive gases in lift stations can be dealt with through several types of applications and targeted activation with EM-1® Waste Treatment, thereby preventing corrosion from outset. With repeated applications of EM-1® Waste Treatment to lift-station’s pumps, housing, and concrete, corrosion and rusting can actually be reversed.
In wastewater, antioxidants have a scavenging effect in the treatment system, pulling compounds out of suspension by combining with salts, thus causing a crystallization formation into a benign salt. By preventing various salts and mineral formation build up, the pipes will be polished without the need for mechanical cleaning. This all equals saving the municipality and the taxpayers money.