When it comes to combating biofilm, it’s essential to get a good grasp on the different options for removal and prevention. Hydrosmart offers innovative biofilm treatment solutions for domestic, commercial and industrial applications that limit bacterial growth without reliance on biocides. These solutions both remove biofilm and prevent future growth. Keep reading or contact us to learn more about our biofilm treatment, prevention and removal strategies.
What is Biofilm?
Biofilm consists of several germs and strains of bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, forming in patches on pipe surfaces and water stores. Once present in waterways, biofilm can result in poor water quality and operational issues. As moist environments with higher temperatures that support bacterial growth, irrigation infrastructure, swimming pools and even drinking water supplies are at risk of biofilm growth. If you don’t remove biofilm at the source, it can cause severe problems including crop damage and health risks for humans and livestock.
Biofilm Removal with Biocides
Removing and killing established biofilms can be accomplished through harsh chemical treatments, such as oxidising biocides. Different biocides may be more useful depending on the type and nature of the biofilms. It’s also important to choose the right biocides and dilution levels to ensure livestock, crop and human health is not impacted.
Biofilm Prevention with Disinfection
Biofilm formation may be prevented by regularly disinfecting plumbing, piping, fixtures, appliances and other water infrastructure. The attachment of microbes to surfaces and the development of biofilm phenotypes happens quickly, so keep in mind that it is almost impossible to completely prevent biofilm formation this way. For larger-scale commercial and industrial infrastructure, regular disinfection is also costly and requires a lot of work.
Biofilm Prevention with Material Selection
Another approach to preventing biofilm formation involves selecting materials that don’t support the attachment of microorganisms. Glass and stainless steel, for example, show less biofilm formation than others. Using these materials, however, is not possible, practical or economical for many water infrastructure applications. How materials perform in terms of resisting biofilms also depends on the conditions and how they are used.
Biofilm Treatment Using Hydrosmart
A novel, but incredibly effective approach, is supplementing systems with particular nutrients, to remove and inhibit biofilm attachment. Hydrosmart biofilm treatment offers exactly this: a long-term, reliable, cost-effective, chemical-free solution to remove and prevent harmful bacteria in water systems.