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    [post_content] => Many of us know what happens when you mistakenly under-preserve a biological product: the bottles start to bulge or suck-in (the latter can also be caused by fragrance issues), fungal growth starts to appear or it starts to have an unpleasant odor. But do you know what signs to look for if your product is over-preserved?

There is usually one noticeable sign of an over-preserved product: the customers who were consistently using your product haven’t placed an order in a while.

Understanding Preservatives

The preservation system in your biological product is a double-edged sword. If you under-preserve, you get the problems mentioned above. But if you over-preserve, your product won’t work, or it will have a significant delayed reaction. This can lead some of your repeat customers to think that the product no longer works. Over-preservation occurs when too high of a concentration of preservatives is present in a product. The preservatives are meant to be diluted to a predetermined point as indicated by the number in front of the X on the label (i.e. a 10X product would be 1 part product, 9 parts water). Diluting to the proper point allows the product to activate and begin working. If over-preserved, the product isn’t diluted enough to allow activation.

Effects on Application

The below graph (Figure 1) shows an example of an over-preserved product. As you can see, the properly preserved product began to grow 16 hours sooner than the over-preserved product. Depending on the application and holding time, a delayed start like that of the over-preserved product can kill your treatment success. Grease traps, multi-story drain treatments and septic piping are a few examples of systems that have narrow activation windows where over-preservation can limit your repeat business. At MDG, we’re dedicated to honoring the brand and reputation of our partners. Proven success is our measure of a job well done and is our promise. As one of our partners, we’ll show you how to properly dilute products so that you can avoid getting over- or under- preserved products. If you suspect issues with your current supplier, reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do to help. If you’d like to learn more about our products and support services, send us a message and one of our representatives will reach out to you. [caption id="attachment_5827" align="alignnone" width="300"] Figure 1 – This graph illustrates how an over-preserved product can have a negative impact on product application. If over-preserved, the product may have a delayed response as seen here or not work at all, having a negative impact on treatment.[/caption] [post_title] => Are you over-preserving? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => are-you-over-preserving [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-24 14:22:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-24 19:22:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.mdgbio.com/?p=5828 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )
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Are you over-preserving?

  • MDG
  • June 24, 2020
Many of us know what happens when you mistakenly under-preserve a biological product: the bottles start to bulge or suck-in (the latter can also be caused by fragrance issues), fungal growth starts to appear or it starts to have an unpleasant odor. But do you know what signs to look for if your product is over-preserved? There is usually one noticeable sign of an over-preserved product: the customers who were consistently using your product
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Bacillus Resilience to Oxidizers

  • MDG
  • June 18, 2020
For many of us, our day-to-day lives have changed quite a bit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. We learned how to work from home, physically distance, use Zoom, cook homemade meals and use lots and lots of sanitizers and disinfectants. With the increased usage of these powerful cleaning supplies and washing them down drains, wastewater facilities are challenged with keeping their system’s natural ecology in balance. In our
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Processing Probiotic Cultures

  • MDG
  • June 16, 2020
At MDG, we make Bacillus cultures and products for a range of industries, including food. When it comes to serving our customers in this industry, specifically those manufacturing probiotics for human gut health, they often ask how we keep their cultures separate from those in the other markets that we serve. To keep food ingredients safe from cross-contamination, we leverage a dedicated room and equipment for food ingredients and process
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A Closer Look at X

  • MDG
  • June 8, 2020
X marks the spot…of some purchasing confusion. A common misconception when comparing the pricing of three different 10X concentrate products is that the “X” in the product name represents the microbial concentration. The X actually represents the level of preservation – i.e. the level of dilution required to make a 1X product. To ensure you choose the optimal product for your business and compare "apples to apples", read on to learn
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Pandemic Recovery and Beyond

  • MDG
  • June 1, 2020
If you’ve tried to buy any hand sanitizer lately, you’ll know how difficult it is to find, let alone at a normal price! While the increased usage of sanitizers and disinfectants may be helping to protect us against the spread of germs, it has had a negative effect on the microflora balance in wastewater treatment lagoons. It’s also inspired some companies to market their bioaugmentation products as new solutions to this problem when
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Clearing Up Fats, Oils & Grease

  • MDG
  • May 18, 2020
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that originate from restaurants, residential homes, and food processing facilities are commonly discharged into sewer systems. Picture things like vegetable oil and solid fats, such as lard. They eventually accumulate and can cause blockages in drainage systems, grease traps, and lift stations. Luckily for us (and our customers), FOG and other solids can be effectively broken down, digested and removed with the
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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Back-Ups

  • MDG
  • May 14, 2020
With the current COVID-19 environment, septic tank back-ups may be more concerning than ever before. Septic service companies are in high-demand, more people are home adding materials to the systems limited capacity, and high amounts of disinfectants are being used, all of which are putting home septic systems to the test. Thankfully, there are many proactive measures you can take to prevent an untimely back-up. Here are the top 5 tips to
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Treating Lagoons with Bioaugmentation

  • MDG
  • May 7, 2020
Wastewater Lagoons can be found just about everywhere, in different climates and countries across the globe. They're used in wastewater treatment for a variety of different industries and while this means there are some differences in application, we've found that they often fall victim to many of the same challenges. Here's how our Biotifx® products work to combat some common issues. Bioaugmentation Works on SLUDGE Challenge: Within
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Getting Rid of Pet Carpet Odor

  • MDG
  • May 4, 2020
Nobody wants to wake up in the morning to the smell of their pet’s mess. But lucky you, you’re the one who gets to clean it up. Before you run to the cabinet to grab that foaming cleaner with a strong fragranced deodorizer, perhaps it’s best to take a few minutes to understand why your pet’s mess smells the way it does. Knowing this may encourage you to grab a different cleaning option that will do more than mask the odor, it will remove
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Bioaugmentation 101

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  • April 27, 2020
Just like you and I, not every species and strain of bacteria are good at everything. We all have a unique set of talents and abilities. Bioaugmentation products are used when you want to improve an aspect of an environment biologically (i.e., eliminate foul bathroom odor, digest complex hydrocarbons in soil, reduce wastewater sludge).
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