Bacteria testing is needed for a wide variety of reasons with the most common being after sewage backup or Category 3 Water event.
There are many different types of bacteria, most of them are harmless and many of them are beneficial. However, there are certain types of infectious bacteria that can pose serious health threats.
Sewage water, or black water can contain dangerous strains of coliform bacteria, including E.coli and fecal coliform. E.coli is known to cause digestive and respiratory system illnesses including stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary tract infections and pneumonia. Fecal coliform points to the presence of pathogens that can cause severe illnesses such as dysentery, typhoid fever, and hepatitis A. When a living or work space has been exposed to sewage overflow, floodwaters, or overflowing ground surface water, it is important to ensure that the clean-up and restoration work is performed properly.
Testing soil at site of sewage contamination