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Pink Stuff in Your Water?

by Kenneth Rabasco 09/22/2019

Whenever you move to a new area, water quality might be one of the things you check. Before you bought your home, you got a green light on the inspection, so everything should be perfect. But, now that you're in your new home, you see a strange pinkish-red film forming in the toilet, on the shower walls, around the bathroom fixtures, and even in the dog’s dish. 

You call the water department. They come and test your water, and still, all is well with the tests. What gives? Chances are you have Serratia marcescens. Say what?

Serratia marcescens

At one time considered a harmless little bug, Serratia marcescens bacterium is an opportunistic little pathogen. But it’s not explicitly in your water. It’s in the air in the dust that floats around your home and lands on moist places where it grows. It is in the soil outside your home and may enter into your home by pests, insects, pets, plants, and even your shoes or garden gloves.

Historically, because Serratia marcescens produces a red pigment, ancient actors used it to create fake blood. Since its use throughout history did not connect directly to known illnesses, the saprophyte became a tool used in medical experiments to learn about bacterial infections and even to test potential bioweapons in the 1950-60s.

Unfortunately, a new strain of S. marcescens arrived on the scene after that time that carries pathogenic properties and can cause various illnesses in susceptible populations such as those with compromised immune systems.

To take care of the problem and keep it from building up in your home, clean the wet areas with a chlorine-based compound such as liquid bleach in a ratio of about a quarter cup bleach to a gallon of water. Use it to wipe down bath areas and fixtures. Pour some in the toilet and brush it up around the sides of the bowl to kill as much as possible. Make sure to wash your pet’s dishes frequently. Vacuum and take other steps to mitigate dust as well such as adding HEPA filters to your HVAC system.

The pathogen can grow on window sills that have condensation too, so wipes those down periodically and see about installing higher R-value windows not susceptible to condensation.

If your home is on chlorinated city water, don't worry about it being in your drinking water. The chlorine will kill it. If you have other concerns about your water, or if you are on a well system, contact your community health department to have your water tested.

About the Author
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Kenneth Rabasco

Professional Associations & Designations Ken Rabasco aka Bosco is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the New York State Association of Realtors, Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, and the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service. As a lifelong Westchester resident, Bosco has a vast and extensive knowledge of the intricate details that comprise the communities of Southern Westchester, be it a recommendation for the best place to have dinner in one of the many River Town restaurants, or a market forecast for what the future will hold for the next place you'll call home. With a laser-attentiveness to detail and a never-faltering determination to get the job done, Bosco is supremely dedicated to his clients, and promises the very best in service to those who work with him, whether a first-time buyer or a long-time veteran of the market. Real Estate Expertise Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Better Homes & Gardens – Rand Realty. Bosco specializes in listing and selling of co-ops, condos and houses in Southern Westchester covering Hartsdale, Ardsley, Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, White Plains, as well as the River Towns and those that are on the Long Island Sound. As a licensed real estate salesperson for Better Homes & Gardens – Rand Realty in White Plains, I have developed a dedication to client service and satisfaction that is unsurpassed. I am up-to-date on all the real estate market trends. With a professional, yet friendly approach, I help my clients feel comfortable when buying or selling their next home. Professional Associations & Designations Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service Subscriber, Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Member, New York State Association of Realtors Member, National Association of Realtors Member Community Involvement Member of the Rotary Club of Hartsdale - Greenburgh Education Pace University - Bachelor of Business Administration Testimonials I will never refer to Bosco as my realtor, he’s a trusted friend. I met Bosco 6 months after loosing my husband of 11 years. I have two daughter’s Jennifer and Kylie. I didn’t need this big house in Eastchester. The upkeep was just too much for me. Bosco helped me sell my home and I purchased a townhouse. It was important for me to keep my girls in the Eastchester school district. I will be forever grateful to my new friend. He still calls from time to time to check in on us. Thanks Bosco. Karen Schwartz You will not be disappointed with all the work that Ken aka Bosco does for his clients. 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