The deadly Legionella bug is on the rise. Recent research carried out by scientists at Public Health England has revealed that around 1.5 million households in the UK could be harbouring the lethal bug.
Are you aware of the landlord Legionella legislation?
If not, you should be. Many landlords don’t have a clue about the Landlord Legionella law. Most don’t know that it exists, and those that are aware often ignore it.
Legionella Risk Assessment
The good news is that you don’t need to carry out an in-depth assessment involving laboratory equipment, but the bad news is that you are required to carry out a risk assessment to see whether Legionella is a risk in your properties.
Why is Legionnaires Dangerous?
The Legionella bug thrives in standing water 20 degrees or warmer. Shower heads are the most common cause of contamination, but the bug can also be found in basins, hot water tanks, and hosepipes left in a hot garden.
Around 500 people are infected with Legionnaires Disease in the UK each year. Initial symptoms include headaches and a fever, but if left untreated, it can cause kidney failure, pneumonia, and death.
The PHE study inspected showers in 82 properties. Almost one third tested positive for the Legionella bug and 6% had very high levels. This is extremely worrying, as it indicates the bug is thriving in normal homes. Even electric showers, which heat water on demand, are just as risky.
Prevention is your best policy, so replace old boilers...
with combi boilers where possible, as no water is stored in the system. If your property has an older system, make sure the water stored in the hot water storage tank is more than 60 degrees and the cold water feeder tank is sealed. Shower heads should be regularly disinfected and cleaned and the system flushed out at the end of a tenancy.
Landlord bodies recommend that you carry out a risk assessment annually, or when the system is replaced. Make a note in your landlord software when you carried out the risk assessment.
By Amer SiddiqLandlordZONE® Forums