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Onsite Bacterial Contamination Assessments Critical after a Flood

Mycometer provides fast and convenient testing solutions to determine if bacteria are present following manmade or natural flooding events.


Following a flood that has damaged homes, businesses and institutions, people can be impacted by a host of microbial pathogens that can directly impact their health.  Flooding due to sewage backflow, surface waters or potable water pipe leaks can lead to significant bacterial contamination in a building.
The BactiQuant-surface is a new method that has been specifically developed for testing surfaces that have been affected by Category 1, 2 & 3 water sources and potentially contaminated with bacteria. Bactiquant-surface can also be used to test where there is a potential for biofilms to form, such as in HVAC condensate pans. This onsite method provides fast results to determine when the level of bacterial contamination requires remediation and the criteria for determining successful cleaning.
“Traditionally, post flood cleanup testing has focused on pathogens as the main health concern. Evaluations have been based on the analysis of fecal bacteria as the indicator of pathogenic bacteria,” reported Lisa Rogers, President of Mycometer, Inc. (USA).   “However, many bacteria, not classified as pathogenic, can still affect the indoor environment and its occupants if present in high concentrations. NIOSH has studies that have found that endotoxins, which are present in the cell membranes of all Gram-negative bacteria, have been associated with many pulmonary diseases. If remediation only focuses on pathogens for cleanup criteria, many other bacteria may remain in place and during the process of drying after a flood, the endotoxins can become aerosolized.”
The BactiQuant™-surface method allows the efficacy of cleaning efforts to be clearly demonstrated showing that the total bacterial levels have been reduced to levels found on clean surfaces in non-contaminated buildings. Both pathogenic bacteria and endotoxins are also therefore also reduced.
Mycometer has sponsored an educational video on the dangers associated with flooding due to sewer overflows.  It can be seen at:
To learn more, please visit Mycometer at, email or call (813) 831-6511.
About Mycometer, Inc. (USA)
Mycometer was founded in 1998 as a spin off from a research group at the University of Copenhagen.  Today the company has offices in Tampa, Florida and Copenhagen, Denmark.  The company develops test kits for the detection and quantification of microorganisms.  Their Mycometer®-test and the BactiQuant® method are utilized by the indoor air quality, healthcare, food processing, manufacturing and water industries across the globe.


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