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Water Quality Testing

Do You Know What You’re Drinking?

Do you know what you’re drinking? Your water may look clear, but only a trained microbiologist can reveal hidden contaminates that contain deadly microbes such as E.Coli, that could make you and your family very sick or even produce a life threatening form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome; and that’s only one type of bacteria.

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Where does water come from in the US?

The answer is groundwater. Around one-third of the country regularly gets its tap water from a groundwater source. Groundwater counts as any underground store of water, which can filter through rock and soil for over a century before reemerging.

Groundwater can be extensively filtered by geological pressure and sediment, to the extent that it appears crystal clear. But that doesn’t mean contaminants haven’t found their way into the public supply. There are three major sources of groundwater contamination in the US:

  • Minerals and metals that dissolve into water during its time spent underground.
  • Nitrates and chemical runoff that seeps into the earth from large scale agriculture.
  • Toxic spills or leaks near well-water access points.

How does treated Water Become Contaminated?

Public water utilities treat the water before it reaches your home. However, contamination of a drinking water or wastewater utility can occur at any time by a chemical, biological (including toxins), or radiological (CBR) agent through an accidental or intentional action or a natural disaster. Remediation can only begin after the initial threat has been found to be credible, can be evaluated and then a contamination incident is confirmed.

Contamination of Water and Soil by Sewage and Water Treatment Sludge Contamination of drinking water sources by sewage can occur from raw sewage overflow, septic tanks, leaking sewer lines, land application of sludge and partially treated waste water.

Germs and chemicals can get in drinking water at the water’s source or in the distribution system after the water has already been treated.

Don’t roll the dice with your family’s safety. Cross contamination into drinking water happens more often than you think. Get your water tested.

Water Quality Analysis

How Can I Find out If My Home Has Poor Water Quality?

Many home inspectors specialize in more than just inspecting the home, realizing that an integral part of that home is also the safety of its water and air. To save you time and money in hiring a specialized water tester, HelloPro will use the same testing methods and we only use an  AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP accredited laboratory to measure the testing results; usually with a same day turnaround.

Can I test my home’s water?

There are multiple DIY water testing kits flooding the shelves and they all function the same way, exposing test strips to your water and as it changes color, matching it to a chart to determine different chemicals reactions.

If you’re using this method, test your water multiple times for consistent results and if you find a hazardous chemical amount, contact your water provider.

Home water testing kits come with some of the same warnings as professional water testing. However, keep in mind that water quality varies, so a single test, or even a few tests, will give you limited information in what they can test for whereas professional laboratory testing will reveal all contaminants.

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Well Water Testing

How does well-Water become contaminated?

There is a natural occurrence of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and cadmium that are found in rocks and soil that leach into groundwater. Other reasons for contamination can result from polluted stormwater runoff, agricultural runoff, flooded sewers or individual septic systems that are not functioning properly.

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MOLD Information

Epidemiological studies in the U.S. and Europe have associated mold sensitivity with the development, persistence, and severity of asthma. Exposure to mold and the mycotoxins or toxins they produce can be absorbed through the skin, GI tract, or by inhalation of fungal parts. Suppression of the immune system by exposure to these types of pollutants has been linked to chronic diseases, even cancer.

Mold exposure can be harmful to your health. People with weak immune systems from diseases such as HIV infection, patients taking chemotherapy, people with existing lung disease, and those who have had an organ transplant are more susceptible to infections from mold and can have a severe reaction. 

The increasing awareness of mold problems in indoor environments has created high demand for mold investigation and inspection services. Fluctuations in air quality often go undetected until toxins accumulate to dangerous levels in an environment. Monitoring and promptly addressing air quality concerns before problems arise is essential to the health of your home, business, clients, and employees.

Sample analysis of your indoor space for air quality monitoring and fungal-related toxicity concentration including black mold is our specialty. 

Have peace of mind with our Lab Certified, Professional Results, and Detailed Report! 

BACTERIA

Sewage Screening

Bacteria are microscopic organisms not visible to the naked eye. These tiny organisms are everywhere, both inside and outside of your body. They survive in a variety of environments and while some are necessary for life others can make you extremely sick. At Microbial Express Labs we offer a complete testing service that not only detects the presence or absence of sewage-related bacteria, we also quickly identify and enumerate them. 

Coliform bacteria are natural inhabitants of the environment and the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals. It is their presence in drinking water that indicates that disease-causing organisms (pathogens) could be in the water system. A Total Coliform test is used as an overall indication of sanitation efficiency. The presence of total coliform, by itself, does not imply that the resource is contaminated, but it can reveal that one, if not more of the more serious types of harmful bacteria, such as fecal or E. coli bacteria, may be present. 

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is the major species in the fecal coliform (FC) group and is the best indicator of fecal pollution and the possible presence of pathogens or disease-causing organisms. 

E. coli bacteria are found in greater quantities than Total Coliform in animal fecal matter. Our Total Coliform test detects the presence of Total Coliform and E. coli. If E. coli is detected along with Total Coliform in drinking water, there is strong evidence that sewage is present. As a result, a greater potential for pathogenic organisms to exist. 

At Microbial Express Labs we offer a second layer to this test. In addition to the traditional test mentioned above, our Complete Fecal Coliform test adds the detection of Enerococcus faecalis. E. Faecalis  is also a fecal indicator organism and one of the various microorganisms used a positive control in the examination of water for human consumption. E. faecalis is a very stable bacterium. Its ability to survive in harsh conditions is greater than that of E. coli and in recent years there has been an increase in its resistance to many once used antibiotics. 

 A positive test implies a risk that pathogenic species may be present. Testing for bacteria is the only reliable way to know if your water is safe. You cannot determine the presence of disease-causing organisms by look, taste, or smell. 

It is recommended that well owners test their water for coliform bacteria at least once a year and more frequently if bacteria have been a problem in the past. Our trusted labs not only provide the detection of but also will enumerate the number of Coliforms/​Escherichia coli​ (​E. coli​), and Enterococcus faecalis bacteria. We provide fast, accurate results you can trust!

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