What is Biofilm?
Biofilm is a collection of different types of bacteria, fungi, and protists in a colony enveloped in secreted slime that allows them to adhere to moist surfaces ideal for growth. Biofilm is one of the most common techniques for growth and protection for these microorganisms, and is not only a nuisance, but a potential hazard.
How Does Biofilm Affect
Bacteria in biofilm can be up to a thousand times more resistant to typical disinfectants and antibiotics than the same microorganisms grown in suspension.
Even if all free-floating bacteria are eliminated at a given time, biofilms allow for quick growth and recontamination of a surface or area if the associated biofilm is not treated.
Biofilm acts as an ideal breeding ground for rapid amplification of bacteria and dangerous pathogens by providing ideal environments and nutrient deposits.
Why Testing Matters
Testing for biofilm in pipes and other water sources is one of the most important safety strategies that property owners can use. By performing regular evaluations, biofilm colonies can be eradicated before they have an opportunity to turn into an outbreak of disease and infection.
Because you can find potentially dangerous pathogens such as Legionella in biofilm, it is important to check for its presence regularly. Vigilance can help property owners and managers prevent biofilm formation and protect the health and safety of employees and the general public. Being prepared with a water management plan is crucial, especially if a test does discover biofilm in water lines.
As a leading provider of innovative technologies and services that secure water systems, LiquiTech has the expertise and experience needed to address bacterial biofilm. Our solutions utilize a multi-barrier approach that includes point-of-entry filtration, ultraviolet disinfection, copper silver ionization and point-of-use filters.
At LiquiTech, we are always searching for new methodologies and techniques to improve our offerings. We are committed to creating healthier communities as a trusted resource for water management and protection. Our comprehensive approach to these services makes us the ideal partner to ensure the security of your systems and the well-being of your staff and guests.
Common Areas For Biofilm Growth
- Buildup in water pipes
- Plaque on teeth and gums
- Bacterial colonization in lungs in cystic fibrosis patients
- Urinary catheters
- Contact lenses
According to National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 65% of all microbial infections, and 80% of all chronic infections are associated with biofilms.