Here’s How to Remove Biofilm from Your Water System
Biofilm can be hazardous to health and, unfortunately, it can form quite easily. This can be a problem in drinking water at home or in swimming pools both public and private. Biofilm can also present wider issues on an industrial scale, any area where the air around a body of water is likely to remain moist. Hydrosmart has the biofilm treatment solution.
What is Biofilm?
Before you can decide what to do about it, it’s best to understand what biofilm is. It is defined as a substance that may include a wide array of germs and bacteria including bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. In terms of water systems and biofilm, it will often form in patches on pipe surfaces. When biofilm is present in drinking water systems, it can cause various operational and water quality problems. It can also affect irrigation systems and swimming pools, among other things.
How does Biofilm Form?
Biofilm forms via a process that sees microorganisms attach themselves to a surface. They grow on that surface and produce extracellular polymers resulting in a matrix formation which in turn leads to an alteration in the phenotype of the organisms. This affects both the growth rate and gene transcription. Essentially, bacteria is allowed to reproduce when left untreated in a hot, wet environment.
Where does Biofilm Form?
Having established what biofilm is and how it forms. It’s time to consider how to recognise it. Sighting biofilm on the surface of your pool or water storage is a potential sign that your water is unhealthily affected. It may be present where there is inadequate water filtration or water with high mineral content.
Water affected by biofilm algae poses health risks not only to humans but to livestock and crops too. As such, it is important to deal with the problem effectively and with as little impact on the environment as possible. Our biofilm removal treatment system regulates water’s mineral balance thereby reducing the rate at which algae grows, making it easier to reduce biofilm density. We recommend getting in touch with our experts who’ll answer all your questions about how we can help you.
Call Hydrosmart today on 1300 138 223 to see how we can help you with biofilm removal and any other water treatment concerns.