What is a sugar snake? A sugar snake is a phenomenon that can occur in a soda fountain drain in a busy restaurant or bar. When drinks are poured in a soda fountain there is always a small amount of overflow that goes down the drain. As the drain is constantly receiving a dripping flow of sugary soda drink residue, there is a constant food source for bacteria living in the drain - the sugar. Colonies of sugar eating bacteria gather to digest the sugar and eventually they form a solid cane or 'snake' appearance inside the drainline (something like a colony of coral would do in a coral reef, only they have nowhere to grow but within the confines of the drainline). This is called a sugar snake. It is not made of sugar, but it looks like sugar - so it was always thought to be a column of sugar, hence, the name - sugar snake. Over time, the sugar snake grows large enough to hinder the flow of waste to the sanitary drain and it can disrupt the function of the fountain drain system. When this happens the sugar snake needs to be removed - usually with a pair of needle nose pliers. Typical drain openers don't work on this type of problem.
At WorldWare Enterprises Ltd. we have developed a range of products using beneficial microbes that outperform traditional products and methods at the jobs that they do. We have products for cleaning, deodorizing, degreasing, and a multitude of applications.
Our EATOILS™ SUPERSEP™ is a good example of this type of product. SUPERSEP™ is exceptionally good at breaking up the 'sugar snake' and keeping the drainline running clear. A daily dose of 4 ounces of SUPERSEP™ poured down the drain at night will clear up and prevent sugar snakes in soda fountains.
This product is also ideal for maintaining other drains and grease traps in these facilities as the drains typically clog with organic materials and the microbes in our products attack and digest these organic materials and keep the lines running free.
We work with municipalities and water utilities with their waste water treatment plants and to address blockages in sewer lines, caused by food facilities and restaurants. Our products don't harm pipes or waste water systems and they work together with the microbes used in the waste water treatment facilities. Enforcement and inspection staff at the utilities and municipalities suggest the restaurants and food processors use our EATOILS™ products to address and clear up any problems they may have with organic materials.
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Sugar snake is a polymer produced by certain bacteria (Acetobacter species) when growing on sugar-like substrates at low pH (4.5). Sugar is transformed in the bacteria cell to a polymer that is then transported outside the cell. In the second stage, the polymer is elongated and crystallized to a rigid, hard, cellulose microfibril. When left untreated, these polymers "grow" and block drain lines in Ice & Beverage Dis-penser machines.
The consequences of not treating sugar snakes are costly drain line backups and foul, vinegar-like odors. Also, sugar snakes often attract common pests such as small flies and ants.
Each year, fast food restaurants, convenience stores and other foodservice facilities incur expensive emergency plumbing bills to clear clogged these drain lines
Instructions for Use :
Clean Out :Apply 4 oz. to each drain around the edges to coat the sides.
Repeat daily for 5-7 days and then everty 1-2 weeks for ongoing maintenance.
For drains that have a very heavy layer of scum, clean the drain with a brush before beginning treatment for immediate results and then maintain with SUPERSEP to prevent further build up.
The microbes used in EATOILS products are a multiple spore blend designed to provide exceptional performance over a wide range of organic waste-related applications, including drain line and grease trap treatment, hard surface cleaning and deodorizing, septic and waste treatment, and carpet and fabric care. The strains were selected for their superior bio-enzymatic activity against specific substrates including proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Their combined synergistic value is demonstrated in enhanced cell growth, germination rate and effectiveness over a wide range of organic substrates. They will perform in both aerobic and anaerobic environments. Spore-formed microbes are superior in that they are more resistant to chemical cleaning agents. When the spores are in contact with their food source (the target organic matter), they generate bacterial colonies. These bacteria then digest organic matter. While the bacteria can be killed by chemicals, the spores survive and can again produce bacterial colonies when conditions become favorable (e.g. the chemical is rinsed away). The spores consist of Bacillus strains (multiple), with no detectable Salmonella or Shigella. Strains are included which produce Lipase, Protease, Amylase, Cellulase and Urease enzymes with aerobic and facultative anaerobic pathways. They are effective at a temperature range of 38-145 °F. In laboratory tests, the microbe counts double in 20 minutes when in contact with their food sources. They will perform in a pH range of 4.5 to 8.5. They are stable for two years if stored in the range 35-95 °F.
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