Mar 1, 2022

Deadly Endotoxins

It is important to understand that in as little time as a week this can be affecting your family in your home. Why is that? It is because once a leak or water source has become present, such as under a sink or pipe leak inside the wall, bacteria start to grow in 3 to 5 days and is considered a Health Hazard per the CDC. At this point it is referred to as category 2 water or gray water due to the bacteria growth. In as little as 2 days more this condition can degrade to more serious bacteria growth (category 3 water or black water). This is the same category of water that comes out of your toilet each time you flush it!

This is harmful and deadly bacteria growth. Endotoxins make up the cell membranes of these bad bacteria and when these bacteria die the cell membranes break apart and spread the endotoxins as a result. The bacteria and endotoxins can become airborne to make exposure more probable. These can cause severe illness and even death per the medical community.

When considering this information, it is important to address leaks or even water events promptly and correctly. I say correctly since many times it is not addressed correctly by many residents even when they have knowledge of the leak simply because the average person is not trained to address the situation. When leaks or other water events occur ‘water mitigation’ needs to be performed to make sure the affected areas are dry and bacteria free using established industry procedures and by certified people who know how to do it. This will help keep your home and family safe.

Steve Mullins (i.e. Mold Detector)
CMC, Certified Microbial Consultant
Moisture and Mold Detection, Inc.

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