Do You Know What You’re Drinking?
Healthy Home Environmental Services can tell you – a simple water test can restore your confidence in the safety of you and your family. More importantly, testing may reveal contaminants that you have unknowingly been living with for many years.
Healthy Home Environmental Services offers water testing for drinking water and well water in the Greater Orlando area. Houses with well water should be tested annually for bacteria and chemical contamination. Drinking water drawn from private wells should be tested for the presence of bacteria at least once a year or any time there is a change in taste, odor, color or appearance of the well water. Testing drinking water for all possible pathogens is complex, time-consuming and expensive. It is relatively easy and inexpensive to test for coliform bacteria and other common metals.
Real Estate Transactions
The most common well water test for real estate transactions is the FHA/VA Basic Water Panel. All water tests require a 2-day turnaround time for laboratory result and must be collected Monday – Thursday. FHA/VA Basic and Basic Plus water panels require specific instructions prior to water testing. Know what test is required by Lender.
Water Testing Packages
FHA/VA Basic Water Panel $350
Includes: Total Coliform, E. Coli, Lead, Nitrates, Nitrites, Turbidity
FHA/VA Basic Water Panel Plus $380
Includes: Total Coliform, E Coli, Lead, Nitrites, Nitrates, Turbidity, Iron, Manganese, and pH.
Includes: Total Coliform and E. coli
**Individual tests can be performed as well, call for pricing and turnaround times.
Important Information: It is the responsibility of the person requesting the test to know exactly what test is required for their particular situation, loan etc. It is always best to obtain the required test in writing from the Lender.
What is Legionnaires Disease?
Legionnaires disease is a form of pneumonia caused by bacteria, called Legionella, that live in water. A similar disease, Pontiac Fever, is a milder, influenza-like illness without pneumonia that is also caused by Legionella bacteria.
Legionella are commonly found in aquatic environments and some species have been found in soil. The organisms are found in a wide range of environmental conditions and are relatively resistant to low pH, dissolved oxygen levels, and routine chlorination techniques for drinking water. Temperatures above 104 degrees F promote rapid multiplication of the organism. The organisms are consistently found in the biofilm that forms in aquatic environments, cooling towers and potable water systems. Transmission occurs from contaminated water that becomes aerosolized and inhaled by a susceptible host.
Outbreaks of Legionella has increased at least 400% over the last 15 years. Healthy Home Environmental Services will help facilities develop and implement a water management program to reduce Legionella growth and spread that is specific to your building.
Monitoring testing should be completed once a year, every quarter or even monthly.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease can include:
- shortness of breath
- high fever
- muscle aches
These symptoms usually begin 2 or more days after being exposed to the bacteria, but can take two weeks to begin.
We provide testing services to
- Local Public Hospitals
- Nursing Homes
- Residential and Commercial Customers
Water Management Programs
The key to preventing Legionnaires’ disease is to make sure that building owners and managers maintain building water systems in order to reduce the risk of Legionella growth and spread. Examples of building water systems that might grow and spread Legionella include but are not limited to:
- Hot tubs
- Hot water tanks and heaters
- Large plumbing systems
- Cooling towers (structures that contain water and a fan as part of centralized air-cooling systems for building or industrial processes)
- Decorative fountains
Legionella grows best in warm water, like the water temperatures used in hot tubs. However, warm temperatures also make it hard to keep disinfectants, such as chlorine, at the levels needed to kill germs like Legionella. Disinfectant and other chemical levels in hot tubs should be checked regularly and hot tubs should be cleaned as recommended by the manufacturer.
To avoid a citation for non-compliance, hospitals and nursing homes that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements must “demonstrate measures to minimize the risk of LD” per the June 2, 2017 CMS “requirement to reduce Legionella risk in healthcare facility water systems to prevent cases and outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease (LD).”
CMS requires the facilities to “Implement a water management program that considers the ASHRAE industry standard and the CDC toolkit, and includes…environmental testing for pathogens” but leaves the details of the program up to each facility.
Healthy Home Environmental Services is here to help building owners and managers develop and implement a water management program to reduce their building’s risk for growing and spreading Legionella. Call Us Today 407-273-9387