Envisol, a company that offers integrated solutions for environmental problems in soil, water and air, is introducing its MICROCAT products to the Greek hospitality market. Envisol’s MICROCAT products aid plumbing problems.
“Of the many products marketed which claim to aid plumbing problems, MICROCAT products are unique as they offer a combination of micro organisms, enzymes (biochemical catalysts) and other ingredients which act together naturally to soften, loosen, remove and break down greases, fats and oils in plumbing lines, sewer systems, pump stations and treatment plants, thus keeping them clean and odor free.”
Developed through the years, MICROCAT products, whether dry (DNT, SXM) or liquid (GEL, ECL, ANL), are capable of safely and effectively loosening and digesting the troublesome substances, which clog drainage systems and cause odors.
Fats, Oils & Greases (FOG), what are they?
FOG’s are composed out of lipids, e.g. triglyceride compounds, which are made of 1 glycerol molecule and 3 fatty acid molecules. The length of the carbon chains (the number of CH2-groups) determines the hydrophobic nature of the fatty acids. In other words, the level of insolubility of fatty acids increases with the number of CH2-groups. When the carbon chains of the fatty acids in the triglyceride molecule contain six or more CH2-groups, we refer to those compounds as fats. Animal fats contain primarily 12 to 18 CH2 -groups.
Microbial degradation of lipids
The microbial degradation of triglycerides can be divided in 5 steps. These steps involve the transport of the triglyceride towards the bacterial membrane, the absorption on the membrane, the hydrolysis of the triglyceride catalysed by the bacterial enzyme lipase. The transport of the created glycerol and fatty acids through the bacterial membrane and finally the metabolism of these compounds which produces new bacterial cells, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water.