HydroBreak® has been designed to clean most materials without causing any damage.
HydroBreak® is primarily a degreaser and as such will give the best results when dealing with oils, greases and hydrocarbons.
If you are concerned that HydroBreak® might have an affect on what you wish to clean, try cleaning a small section first of all.
No, most other dirt will have been held in place by the oil and grease and when HydroBreak® is applied then the dirt will be washed away.
HydroBreak® has been designed to be safe to use and there are limitations as to what the product can actually clean. In the case of burnt on carbon it is recommended to use a more aggressive product.
HydroBreak® is actually a very powerful and effective degreaser, giving outstanding cleaning results.
Normally one application is sufficient to remove all contamination, in the case of heavy or aged contamination it may be better to allow the HydroBreak® to soak for a period before washing away.
As a simple guide you should refer to the product selector chart. If you still can’t decide then the TechnoSol agent will be happy to discuss your particular applications and recommend one of the products from the range.
HydroBreak® can be applied in many ways using different equipment; it is always best to use the most powerful means of application in order to achieve maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
To achieve the best results, the use of heat, agitation and pressure is recommended.
The simplest way is to use a steam cleaning machine, floor scrubbing machine, ultrasonic bath, aqueous spray washing machine or a Butterworth spray washing system, using whichever apparatus that is best suited to your specific application.
Don’t worry HydroBreak® will give impressive results by hand application.
Hand applications are when you use HydroBreak® without a machine i.e. with a brush or mop and bucket, rag or cloth or perhaps by a hand or backpack sprayer.
Always add the water to the HydroBreak® in order to achieve a good mix.
Where possible use hot water, this can be fresh or seawater.
It is always best to start cleaning at the furthest point from the drain, or if it is a vertical surface to be cleaned always start at the top and work your way down.
The first thing to do is to rinse away all wastewater to a suitable foul drain, interceptor, effluent treatment plant or holding tank. All wastewater must be disposed of in accordance with local regulations.
This is true, but like any product it must not be allowed directly into surface water.
This simply means that any product entering surface water will have an impact, with HydroBreak® however it is possible to reduce this impact by passing the HydroBreak® and contaminants through a system allowing time for breakdown.
By breakdown we mean the breakdown of the resultant waste into acceptable components.
To achieve breakdown of the contamination, HydroBreak® requires the presence of oxygen and bacteria.
Firstly the bacteria required are found everywhere in the environment so they are already present, and secondly oxygen is also present in the environment so it is also available.
This is a good point and one, which is very important. One of the main properties of HydroBreak® is its ability to stimulate the rapid growth of available bacteria in order for the bacteria to degrade the contaminants. HydroBreak® provides an initial food source for the bacteria and in doing so the bacteria will consume the HydroBreak® before turning their attention to the contamination.
Again this is an important point, as without oxygen we will get very little if any, breakdown. Oxygen is available in the air and also in water, but what we need is a constant supply in order for the bacteria to perform.
The easiest way is to aerate the water into which the contamination passes.
A very simple way is to feed a compressed airline into any holding tanks or interceptors, this will provide enough aeration for breakdown to occur.
This is a very difficult question to answer, as it is dependent on several factor i.e. ambient temperature, available oxygen, available bacteria, and quantity of contamination and time. We suggest that once all the wastewater reaches a suitable holding tank, give as much time as possible prior to discharge.
Take a reading of the free oils and greases prior to discharge.
You are right, we now need to focus on some specific applications such as effluent treatment plants. The first thing to note is that the use of HydroBreak® at the source of contamination will have a positive effect on reducing the free oils and greases passing through the system.
Well if we use HydroBreak® as the cleaner/degreaser in the factory the wastewater arriving at the effluent plant will have already been pre-treated, with the hydrocarbons in a much better state for degradation as they pass through the effluent plant.
To gain the best results we would also recommend the addition of HydroBreak® into the effluent plant.
The best way to do this is by using a dosing pump at the inlet point to the effluent plant.
Initially it should be expected to see a rise in these levels, this is quite normal, as the introduction of HydroBreak® will clean out the system.
The rise should only occur for a short period of time as the system is cleaned.
A free oil and grease reduction of 50% is possible; this is providing everything else in the system is functioning efficiently.
We have a network of organizations with which we have professional relationship who specialize in effluent treatment that will be able to offer technical support and assistance.
Yes, this is another area where we involve specialist companies in order to develop particular clean up and remediation protocols.
No, in some instances a very simple procedure can be implemented.
HydroBreak® can be coupled with specific bacteria to deal with most types of organic contamination.
With all the above information you probably realize that it is very difficult to give exact figures for products, as each situation is unique. For more detail information you can contact your local dealer.