Water & Bacteria Testing in Houston TX

Water & Bacteria Testing in Houston TX
Water & Bacteria Testing in Houston TX

Asbestos & Mold Services LLC provides Water and Bacteria Testing in Houston TX and surrounding Texas areas. Bacteria and pathogenic (disease-causing) organisms are a concern when considering the safety of drinking water. These can cause intestinal infections, dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid fever, cholera, and other illnesses.

Some of the types of bacteria that can be found in water include Campylobacter jejuni (the resulting in infection is called campylobacteriosis), Escherichia Coli (E. coli infections cause fever, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea), Giardia Lamblia, Hepatitis A, Legionella Pneumophila, and Salmonella.

Sources of Bacteria in Drinking Water: The Need for Water Testing

Human and animal wastes are a primary source of bacteria in water. These sources of bacterial contamination include runoff from feedlots, pastures, dog runs, and other land areas where animal wastes are deposited. Additional sources include seepage or discharge from septic tanks, sewage treatment facilities, and natural soil/plant bacteria. Bacteria from these sources can enter wells that are either open at the land surface or do not have water-tight casings or caps.

Insects, rodents or animals entering the well are other sources of contamination. Old wells were dug by hand and lined (cased) with rocks or bricks. These wells usually have large openings and casings that often are not well-sealed. This makes it easy for insects, rodents, or animals to enter the well.

Water & Bacteria Testing in Houston TX
Water & Bacteria Testing in Houston TX
Another way bacteria can enter a water supply is through inundation or infiltration by flood waters or by surface runoff. Flood waters commonly contain high levels of bacteria. Small depressions filled with flood water provide an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. Whenever a well is inundated by flood waters or surface runoff, bacterial contamination is likely. Shallow wells and wells that do not have water-tight casings can be contaminated by bacteria infiltrating with the water through the soil near the well, especially in coarse-textured soils.

Older water systems, especially, dug wells, spring-fed systems, and cistern-type systems are most vulnerable to bacterial contamination. Any system with casings or caps that are not water-tight are vulnerable. This is particularly true if the well is located so surface runoff might be able to enter the well. During the last five to 10 years, well and water distribution system construction has improved to the point where bacterial contamination is rare in newer wells.

Drinking Water Testing

Should you get your water tested in your Houston TX area home or commercial building? The answer to this question depends on several factors. It concerns your health and the health of your family, so you need to know some basic facts. In addition to illness, a variety of less serious problems such as taste, color, odor and staining of clothes or fixtures are signs of possible water quality problems. Other things to think about include the nearness of your water well to septic systems and the composition of your home's plumbing materials.

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