Your guide to water hygiene
It is important that you look after the water system in your home as this will prevent potential illnesses such as Legionnaires disease. Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia which can be fatal, and is caused by the inhalation of small droplets of water contaminated by the Legionella bacteria. Legionella bacteria is safe in very small quantities, however it can grow to an unsafe level if water systems are not looked after.
To prevent the risk of bacteria growth:
- Ensure the settings on your boiler or water heating system are set to a temperature that feels hot to touch, but is not scalding.
- Make sure cold water is coming out cold.
- Run showers for at least two minutes a week to flush them out. Don’t forget to keep clear of the water flow whilst doing this.
- Descale and disinfect shower heads at least every six months.
This will help prevent growth by:
- Ensuring hot water remains ‘hot’ and cold water remains ‘cold’ as well as ensuring the household water system(s) is flushed through.
Contact us if:
- The cold water is still running warm after you have run the tap for one minute. It should not be above 20°C.
- There are problems with water flow, debris or discolouration in the water.
- The boiler or hot water tank is faulty, which may result in hot water not getting hot enough. Hot water should be 50°C after the tap has run for one minute.
- If you plan to leave the property vacant for any extended period (e.g. two weeks or more), when you get back flush the water system(s) by running all taps for two minutes.
Please remember the likelihood of contracting a water-borne illness such as Legionnaires disease is very low, however, it can be fatal. By taking the simple steps above you could be saving a life.