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  • Writer's pictureCorey Provencal

Was Your Home Damaged by Water? It’s not just a Mold problem.


The flooding of your home by untreated or inadequately treated groundwater is responsible for a number of outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses that occur every year throughout the United States. In many of these outbreaks, sewage was most often identified as the contamination source.

Past flooding events in Florida have created sewage contamination problems, however simple testing solutions can provide fast information to business and homeowners.

Here at Microshield Environmental Services, LLC, we test for sewage contamination by testing for certain indicator organisms (total coliforms, fecal coliforms, E.coli, and Enterococcus). These indicator organisms are assumed to be indigenous to feces, and thus their presence in environmental samples is indicative of fecal contamination. We also provide our clients with more definitive answers by testing for individual pathogens such as Salmonella, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium.

If you think you have a sewage, bacteria, or mold contamination problem, either in ground water or other bulk material, please contact Microshield Environmental Services, LLC. for information on your indoor environmental testing needs.

John P. Lapotaire, CIEC •  Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant •  Microshield Environmental Services, LLC www.Microshield-ES.com

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