Domestic hot and cold water systems provide an ideal environment for legionella bacteria to grow. Legionnaires’ disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water containing the legionella bacteria.
To minimise the risk of contamination in your home, you should follow the guidance below:
- Make sure that you run all taps and showers in your home at least once a week.
- If you are away from home for more than a week, run your taps through for at least five minutes before using them.
- Clean your shower head by descaling and disinfecting it (remember to follow the instructions carefully on any de-scaling solution). This should be done at least every six months.
Who is most at risk?
Legionnaires’ disease can affect everyone however there are some people that could be more susceptible to infection. This includes:
- Individuals over the age of 45
- Smokers and heavy drinkers
- Individuals suffering with chronic respiratory or kidney disease
- Anyone with an impaired immune system
Additional guidance can be found in the Approved Code of Practice and guidance for Legionnaires’ disease on the Health and Safety Executive website.
If you have any concerns, reports these immediately to Homefix through your My SaxonWeald account.