Have you ever had contaminated samples when using a water bath? You are not alone if you answered yes. Most lab workers face sample contamination at some point and look for ways to reduce contamination. Many times the contamination starts in the water bath. The good news is that you can reduce the odds of contamination. Read more about this subject in the Lab Manager article titled Keeping Your Water Bath Contaminant Free by Mike May, Ph.D
May contacted our Product Manager for Laboratory Equipment and Supplies, David Hayes, for his expertise on water baths, and is quoted in the article. Hayes and others on our lab essentials team are the experts who continuously bring new and innovative products to Cole-Parmer. In fact, we have the largest selection of water baths and circulators on the market today.
Products to Control Contamination
We also have a variety of products to help you control contamination. As May’s article suggests, you can eliminate the water altogether by using metallic thermal conductivity beads or dry heaters. Thermal conductivity beads are used in place of water. The beads we offer are moisture and gas impermeable and are easy to keep clean without harmful germicides. These versatile beads can also be used in a container for freezer, ovens, and incubators. Dry heaters can be used instead of a water bath but each has specific uses as well. Heaters provide a dry, constant temperature source for various lab and research applications. Many types of heaters are available. If you still prefer or need to use a water bath, you can add
Control Contamination in Water Baths
If you still prefer or need to use a water bath, you can add lab algaecide to the water. Lab algaecide keeps your baths sparkling clean and free from contaminants.
Do you need additional help choosing a bath or circulator? Contact our technical experts at 1-800-323-4340.