IDS has a unique product that treats Glycocalyx which are created from extracellular polymeric substances excreted by bacteria. These sticky polymers hold the biofil together and cement it to the pipe wall. They glycocalyx trap nutrients and protect the underlying bacteria from biocides including bleach. These inert coatings allow for the accumulation of complex, metabolically cooperative bacterial communities that often produce highly pungent odors as well as slime. Biofilms often permeate themselves at all levels throughout pipe, pools or tank systems. Testing conducted by Sandia National Laboratories indicates that the formulation is "extremely effective" for the complete decontamination of biofilms on all test surfaces.