Bacteria Sampling

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Sewage Contamination Inspections

When a flood occurs within a structure from sewage pipe backups, broken sewer pipes and or contaminated water intrusion, conditions within that structure can quickly become harmful to its occupants. If you suspect that water from a flood originated from a sewer line or toilet backup testing for bacteria should be performed.

Why test for bacteria?

Exposure to microorganisms and endotoxins as the result of a sewage spill can cause gastrointestinal illness and other adverse health effects in humans. Before the clean-up of a flood begins, a quantitative sample of the area is strongly recommended if fecal contamination is suspected. Quantitative analysis answers the question of how much and to what extent the contamination exists. To insure occupant safety, inspecting and testing contaminated areas (for dangerous microorganisms) immediately after a flood is HIGHLY recommended.

Testing sewage contamination after a flood involves testing for a number of indicator organisms including specific organisms (E. coli and Enterococcus) that are uniquely found in sewage, specifically fecal contamination, originating from the lower intestines of warm blooded animals, including humans.

Testing Methods

We offer both quantitative (“how many”) and qualitative (“present/absent”) to help you determine if fecal contamination is present, to what extent and the effectiveness of remediation/clean-up.

Pre-Remediation/clean-up Testing Services

Testing Method: MF Sewage screen (E. coli & Enterococcus)

Turn around time for lab results: 3 Days

Post Remediation Testing/Clearance Services

Testing Method: Fecal Coliform, Total Coliform, E. Coli P/A

Turn around time for lab results: 3 Days