Our surface Bacteria Testing will sample for E. coli and Coliform. Specifically, it will identify if there is any E. coli or Coliform (fecal or non-fecal) present in the samples. The presence of Escherichia coli (usually abbreviated to E. coli) and/or fecal coliform indicates the presence of sewage contamination.
We take surface samples from your home or commercial property and have them sent to an accredited lab for analysis. Once the analysis has been completed, we’ll forward the detailed breakdown of the results.
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Please note, the presence of non-fecal coliform should not suggest any anxiety for human health because it’s not judged to be pathogenic to healthy people. However, the presence of any coliform bacteria should be enough of a concern that action should be undertaken to find the source of the contamination.
What Situations Require Bacteria Testing?
One of the most common reasons you should consider a Bacteria Test is if your home or commercial business has suffered a sewage spill or any other type of issue with your sanitation. If you’re not sure if there has been any significant contamination, contact us and we will undertake immediate testing to see if there is any coliform or E. coli detected in the area.
Of course, if the result is positive you will want to hire a qualified remediation company to take care of the clean-up. After the problem has been fixed, you should have another test undertaken by an independent testing company, to verify that the remediation was completely successful. Having bacteria testing carried out by a certified, independent, unbiased company, can provide you with the information you need to take that next step in becoming aware of the potential of an unseen danger present in your home.
How Does E. coli Spread?
Having E. coli in your home or commercial business environment can cause many potential issues beyond the strong unpleasant odor.
E. coli can be found in food, or any surfaces that have been in contact with human feces. It's easy to get infected by touching tainted surfaces and then touching your mouth or if a child puts a contaminated item in their mouth. It can also be spread by infrequent hand washing or by using the bathroom and then eating food. You can also pick up the infection by eating contaminated food such as undercooked burgers or other raw foods. It’s even possible to pick up the infection by swallowing water from public pools or hot tubs.
What Are the Potential Medical Issues of E. coli or Coliform in the Home?
If you become infected by E. coli, it’s possible to have respiratory problems, but more often the symptoms include severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Symptoms typically take 2 – 5 days to appear after exposure, but it’s worth noting that even if are asymptomatic, you can still pass on the bacteria to others.
In about 5 percentage of cases it’s possible E coli contamination can cause a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) where the toxin destroys the red blood cells. This is more common for the elderly or for younger children. HUS may in turn lead to kidney failure which can have profoundly serious medical implications. Naturally if you have any severe symptoms related to E. coli or Coliform you should immediately contact your local health care provider.
How Should I Prevent Infections from E. coli or Coliform?
Practicing regular hand washing hygiene will reduce the risk of such infections. Use hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom or changing a baby’s diapers. Also wash up after being in contact with animals or household pets.
Make sure you cook red meat thoroughly, at least to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and keep all cooking utensils, counter tops and cutting boards clean to avoid cross contamination.
If you have any concerns about bacteria that might be a serious threat, the next step is to contact an authorized residential or commercial bacteria testing company. Conducting surface tests in your home or business environment will provide peace of mind and remove any doubts you might have regarding the sanitation of your home.
A-1 Certified Environmental Services, LLC covers Bacteria Testing and E. coli Testing in Los Angels, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Oakland, Sacramento, Anaheim, and most regions in north and south California.