Biofilm in your Plumbing System Can Pose Health Risks

We use water at home for showers, baths and drinking water, so it’s scary to think that doing everyday activities could be harmful for us and our families. If it’s been a long time since you’ve cleaned your bathroom, you could be at risk of biofilm. Don’t know what biofilm is? It’s the gross, slimy film of bacteria that adheres to a surface (usually sinks, bathtubs, faucets, floors, etc.). It’s made up of a collection of bacteria and their waste. Clogged drains are caused by biofilm. The plaque that forms on your teeth is even a type of biofilm. Ear infections, Listeria, Salmonella, MRSA and other ailments have been liked to biofilms. Sometimes protecting yourself against these bacteria is harder than just cleaning your bathrooms and kitchens regularly.

Over 90% of Americans have hard water which means that we are using water that contains high levels of calcium and magnesium. Not good. Having soft water is not only beneficial to your skin and hair but it also reduces energy consumption and increases the life of heaters, appliances and home plumbing. Soft water can also prevent microbial contamination and minimizes the user’s exposure to pathogenic bacteria.

Piping used in home plumbing (cooper and PVC) has a smoother interior that doesn’t allow bacteria to settle and grove. Unfortunately over time, hard water results in scale formation on the interior surfaces of those pipes and provides a potential home for bacteria. As soon as the bacteria are in the piping, it can get into the shower head, therefore distributed into your shower water. Steam and hot water are inhaled with the bacteria which obviously increases the chances of exposure. A traditional water softener can fix this by removing scaling in the pipes. This runs the hard water through a resin filter that traps the calcium, magnesium and iron in the water and then replaces them with sodium ions. Water softeners have been proven to prevent the development of biofilms in your home plumbing.

If you are worried about how safe your plumbing system is you can test your water with home water testing kits or call us today and we will send out our water treatment professionals to do the testing and make sure you and your family is safe.