Bacteria in your Home

Summer may be over – but bacteria aren’t as bothered about that as we are. Check your household water is safe, by using one of our self sampling kits or contact us for advice and sampling.

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Our Services – Open for Business As Usual.

Envirochem is continuing to provide “business as usual” services for clients from its laboratories in Fareham and Bristol.

The labs will continue to analyse samples on behalf of clients and new customers during the current Covid-19 pandemic. The company will be adapting to any changes as and when the government requires it.

What Services do our laboratories and staff provide;

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals
  • COSHH – including dust, noise, exhaust gases and dispersed oil
  • Environmental monitoring – including noise and vibration, air quality and emissions testing.
  • Water and legionella microbiological testing.

 

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Worried about the quality or reliability of results if you need testing?

Worried about the quality or reliability of results if you need testing? Well here at Envirochem we provide only the highest quality of accurate and professional testing and you can have faith in our results as we are UKAS Accredited. https://envirochem.co.uk/quality

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Business as usual for asbestos, chemical and microbiological testing

Business as usual for asbestos, chemical and microbiological testing.

 

Envirochem is continuing to provide “business as usual” services for clients from its laboratories in Fareham and Bristol.

 

The labs will continue to analyse samples on behalf of clients and new customers during the current Covid-19 pandemic. The company will be adapting to any changes as and when the government requires it.

 

The laboratories are continuing to test for:

 

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals
  • COSHH – including dust, noise, exhaust gases and dispersed oil
  • Environmental monitoring – including noise and vibration, air quality and emissions testing.
  • Water and legionella microbiological testing.

 

We are continuing to sell self-sampling kits for people who may be considering doing some work at home or at another location during the current pandemic.

 

The self sampling kits cover test packs for:

 

  • Asbestos
  • Legionella
  • Lead in Paint
  • Arsenic in Paint
  • Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC)
  • Indoor air quality
  • Swimming pool and spa pool analysis
  • Water leak source investigation
  • Domestic heating water testing

 

Details of all the analysis and tests that can be carried out at the Envirochem laboratories can be found on our website – envirochem.co.uk

 


Legionella Risk Assessment Survey

Engineered water systems carry a risk of legionella which can be fatal. Here’s how we tested the water at the University of Southampton to ensure it was safe:

 

A Legionella risk assessment survey is an examination of the potential risks presented by engineered water systems, and seeks to identify and prevent the risks of exposure to Legionella bacteria from work activities and water systems.

We visited the university premises before they were open to the students in order to avoid any disruption.

We carried out the legionella risk assessment by taking Legionella and TVC samples, as well as temperature measurements to have a better understanding of the water quality.  TVC analysis is required to simulate the potential threat the water could pose if ingested.

On completion of the analysis, the results were interpreted and the relevant advice was given to the Facilities Manager.

 

 

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Love Island-style hot tubs and swimming pools creating a soup of bacteria

Owners of swimming pools and hot tubs are creating a breeding ground for bacteria that could cause serious illness and infection by not maintaining them properly, scientists in Hampshire have revealed.

 

The growing trend for domestic hot tubs fuelled by popular TV programmes such as Love Island is  increasing the risk of people picking up serious illnesses from a soup of bacteria swirling about in the water.

 

Microbiologists at the Envirochem laboratory in Fareham have discovered a stomach-churning potpourri of bacteria in recent tests that suggest the messages about maintenance are not getting through to owners.

 

Nineteen recent inspections of water quality in hot tubs and pools have failed the basic health tests. Bacteria found in the water has included:

 

  • High counts of bacteria, yeast or mould spores in water at 37C
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa – which can cause urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, dermatitis and gastrointestinal infections
  • Legionella – can cause a potentially fatal pneumonia-type illness
  • coli – normally only found in human and animal faeces, e.coli does not grow in water and only indicates contaminated water

 

Inspections of both commercial and domestic pools and hot tubs have revealed the water-borne bacteria. This is despite manufacturers and companies providing instructions on how to maintain their facilities appropriately.

 

Head of Microbiology at Broadcut-based Envirochem, Dr Duncan Russell, said: “Infectious agents can be easily introduced to a spa pool by bathers, from dirt entering the pool or from the water source itself. Once in the spa pool, conditions often exist for these infectious agents to grow and proliferate.

 

“The Code of Practice for swimming pool water from the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group sets out how the technical operation of the pool should function for safe and successful swimming pool water.

 

“Swimming pool water should be micro biologically tested monthly to monitor for the presence of potentially harmful micro-organisms.

 

“The wide availability of home testing kits for water quality makes it much easier today for individuals to ensure their hot tubs and swimming pools are as clean as they should be, keeping the risk of illness and infection to a minimum.”

 

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Check your home for these four things before starting a DIY project

If you’re a landlord or a homeowner, a long weekend often means extra time for DIY projects you’ve been meaning to start. Before you do – there are a few things we recommend you check. We’ve compiled a handy checklist of some things to look out for so you can ensure your property is fit for renovation.

1.)  Asbestos

What is it?

Until the late 20th century, asbestos was widely used in building projects – particularly for insulation. The dust created by damaging asbestos can be extremely harmful, and has been known to cause cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Where is it?

While asbestos regulations started to improve in the mid-80’s, a fully-fledged ban was not introduced in the UK until 2009. If your house was built before this time, asbestos may have been used in its initial build – from insulation in the loft and interior walls to the floors and ceilings.
How can we help?

If you suspect there is asbestos in your property, it is important to test for its presence before damaging it – by drilling into it, ripping it out, or even hammering a nail into it. We provide self-test kits so you can safely and easily test for asbestos. Alternatively, our team of expert scientists are also available for call-outs.

2.)  Lead and arsenic in paint

What is it?

Lead and arsenic are substances that were commonly found in paint before their dangers were realised. Lead was popular because it helped accelerate the paint drying process – however, exposure to lead dust was found to cause abdominal pain, headaches and memory problems, among other issues. Arsenic was commonly found in a shade known as ‘Scheele’s Green’, but it was later found to cause arsenic poisoning, which can lead to vomiting and abdominal pain.

Where is it?

Any paint containing lead or arsenic that has chipped off or been scratched can release harmful dust. This can be both inside and outside your house, on skirting boards, in soil and other places.

 

How can we help?

There is no sure-fire way to know if paint contains lead or arsenic without testing for it. Our self-test kits enable you to test for the substances. If you suspect the paint in your home could be harmful, testing it is always the safest option. We can get results back to you in as little as three days.

 

3.) Harmful bacteria in water and water systems

 

What is it?

Water can be home to a number of harmful bacteria – this includes Legionella, which causes a form of pneumonia called Legionnaires disease.

Where is it?

Legionella lives in water – and thrives in temperatures between 20 and 60 degrees celsius. This makes places like dishwashers, hot tubs, pools and domestic water systems the perfect environment for Legionella to lurk.

 

How can we help?

Regularly testing the water systems in your property can help you ensure you or your tenants are not being exposed to Legionella. Our self-test kits can find the bacteria, as well as help you identify a leak source, and find the cause of corrosion.
4.) Indoor air quality

 

What is it?

During home renovations, you are exposed to a number of harmful substances that stay in the air you breathe every day.

Where is it?

Products like paints and varnishes, cleaning agents, and glues can contaminate the air and become a health hazard. Over-exposure to these can lead to headaches, dizziness and nausea.
How can we help?

Our indoor air quality tests help ensure the exposure levels are safe for anyone working or living in the environment. The self-test kit includes detailed and easy-to follow instructions.

Envirochem recommends testing your home before making any DIY decision or starting a renovation project. If for any reason you would prefer for a member of the team to visit the site and carry out tests, you can get in touch with us via the contact form below.

 

 


What sort of risks would Ed Sheeran be taking if he swam in his “natural pool”

A growing trend for natural and chemical-free pools was brought into sharp focus this week when the neighbours of the nation’s favourite musician Ed Sheeran said they were worried his new pond could double as a swimming pool.

 

Here at Envirochem we have noticed a growing trend for these natural swimming pools – a garden pond with plants to oxygenate the water and keep it clean enough to swim in. No need for chlorine or other potentially harmful chemicals.

 

In Ed Sheeran’s original planning application for the pool on his estate in Suffolk, it was described as supporting ‘nature conservation’, however, some of the star’s neighbours have said they are worried it could be used for wild parties, swimming and other recreational activities.

The neighbours might be worried about loud noise from late night parties. But Ed might have other things to be worried about if he was thinking of swimming in his natural pool.

What are natural pools?

 

Natural pools are becoming increasingly popular – perhaps most commonly owned by the rich and famous. They tend to blend into outdoor environments better than a traditional pool, and use plants in place of chemicals for cleaning purposes. Water filters through the plants, as well as enabling an ecosystem to exist within the pool.

 

Sounds like a good idea, right?

What’s the problem?

Without proper filtration and regular cleaning, pools like these can become home to harmful legionella, which regularly occurs in natural water sources. Legionella is a bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease – a lung infection caused by inhaling the bacteria. Symptoms can range from severe chest pain to high temperatures.

What should I do if I’m concerned?

If you are concerned about the water quality of a natural pool, we sell self-test kits so you can quickly, safely and easily test for the presence of legionella. Purchase yours here, or get in touch with a member of the Envirochem team today.

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We’re seeing a rise in home-made pools

We’re seeing a rise in home-made pools – from storage containers to natural eco-pools – but did you know these kinds of environments can be home to harmful legionella and other bacteria? Our self-test kits can help you detect it and stay safe!

 

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Five things to think about when redecorating:

 

Redecorating your home can be an exciting process – but whether you’re freshening up the walls with a coat of paint, or you’re undertaking a large-scale renovation, there are a number of health hazards to consider.

 

Here are five things you should think about before undertaking any DIY projects in your home:

 

Asbestos

 

Asbestos is a harmful substance that is often used to insulate homes. While it’s harmless if left alone, any disturbances to the substance can cause serious health problems. If you’re planning on making any changes to your home – for example, knocking down or drilling into walls – then ensuring no asbestos is present is the first step! We offer on-site asbestos monitoring, as well as providing self-test kits so you can safely test your home before making any changes.

Lead in paint

 

A number of houses built before 1992 contain lead-based paint. Like asbestos, if left untouched, this is unlikely to cause any issues. If damaged or disturbed, however, it can release harmful dust. If exposed to too high a level of this, people can experience unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, insomnia and stomach aches. Our self-test kits enable you to test for the presence of lead in paint safely!

 

Arsenic in paint

 

If you live in Victorian home, there is a chance some wallpapers contain arsenic. In a similar way to lead in paint, arsenic can produce harmful dust if disturbed. If you’re concerned about arsenic in paint, it’s always safest to test before beginning any work.
Legionella

 

This bacteria tends to live in water systems – so in the right conditions, even your shower head can be home to legionella, which could cause legionnaires disease. Regularly disinfecting shower heads and running taps for a few minutes after they have not been used for a while can help reduce risks, but it can also be found in places like gardening soils, air conditioners and humidifiers. If you’re worried about the presence of legionella, our self-test kits are safe, quick and easy to use!

Domestic heating water testing

If you’ve noticed corrosion on pipes and radiators, before you decide to replace them, it’s a good idea to find out what might be causing it in the first place. Factors such as the pH and the chemical makeup of water, among other things, can lead to corrosion. Our domestic heating water self-test kit can help you get to the root of the problem and help avoid future damage to pipes and radiators.

 

 

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