Biofilm – The Unseen Scourge
Biofilm. From the word you’d think maybe it could be a biography movie, but no. We’re about to make this word on par with ‘moist’ for many people. Disclaimer, this is not a pleasant subject.
What is biofilm?
Biofilm is any group of bacteria and other microorganisms that grow on surfaces that are in regular contact with water. A mixture of bacteria, solids, oil and other organic matter (yuck), it can be home to harmful bacteria like Legionella (Legionnaire’s Disease), Pseudomonas Aeruginosas, Mycobacterium Fortuitum and E-Coli.
Now how do these bacteria get in your hot tub? They hitch a ride on you and your bathers! All of these bacteria occur naturally in the environment, though a healthy immune system can usually fend them off when they occur in small numbers.