Today, a lot of people suffer from problems like algae, scale, corrosion and all kinds of bacteria. Whenever you come into contact with one of these problems, it will certainly have occurred to you to use chemicals to get rid of it. However, these problems will come back after a while as only the effect is treated and not the underlying cause, which is the biofilm.
Biofilm is an accumulation of single-celled microorganisms that attach to the surface and liquid with which it comes into contact. These organisms secrete a type of slime that is all too happy to play host to the problems mentioned above. This slime is also known as Extracellular Polymeric Substance (EPS). Furthermore, Biofilm is the ideal hiding place for bacteria as it protects them from negative environmental factors. In addition, biofilm consists of approximately 85%-95% water, this means that only 2% -5% of the total biofilm volume is detectable on dry surfaces.
Important to note, biofilm can become immune to antibiotics and other treatments. In addition, biofilm does not consist of just 1 layer, but multiple layers which makes it difficult to break down this biofilm.
Biofilm can form in any liquid from natural to industrial to clinical environments. This makes it extremely dangerous for humans and animals. Since bacteria and viruses attach themselves in this biofilm, they are the ideal pathogens. How strong biofilm becomes depends on a number of factors. The thickness of biofilm depends on how well the liquid flows.
To get rid of biofilm, chemicals are used. People only forget one thing and that is that chemicals only work in time and biofilm will return. Moreover, the use of chemicals is bad for both the environment and your wallet.