Legionnaires’ disease or LD is still one of the most feared illnesses today. Unfortunately, there are still some parts all over the world where cases of this disease are still being reported.
There are many ways to prevent the spread of and acquiring his disease. One way is to make sure that you regularly use water testing kits to detect the presence of the Legionella bacteria, which is the leading cause of Legionnaires’ disease and other types of pulmonary issues such as Pontiac fever. These legionella testing kits can be bought online, are very affordable and easy to use as well.
Aside from conducting regular legionella testing on the various water supplies and systems you have in your commercial or residential property, there are certain various tips you can follow to prevent the growth and spread of this type of bacteria and avoid contacting Legionnaires’ disease. These helpful tips include the following:
• Assign one person to be fully responsible for legionella control. This person, however, has to be trained fully and regularly in terms of legionella risk assessment and control. There are various websites that provide the latest information on legionella control and you can also go online to check out relevant training programs the person in charge can undergo.
• Make sure to keep hot water hot and circulating at all times. As much as possible, keep the temperature between 50 and 60 degrees Celsius.
• In addition, keep cold water cold at all times as well. It should be maintained at temperatures below 25 degrees Celsius.
• Clean all shower heads and taps regularly and make sure they are free from scale.
• If you have rooms or bathrooms that are not used regularly, run all taps and showers in these rooms for several minutes at least once a week.
• Have all cooling towers and associated pipes used in air conditioning systems cleaned and disinfected regularly at least twice a year by experts or professional contractors.
• Water heaters or calorifiers should be cleaned and disinfected at least once a year as well.
• Have all water filters cleaned and disinfected regularly as well. Have this done every two or three months.
• Disinfect the hot water system with high level chlorine for two to four hours regularly. Make sure to do this on all water heaters especially before the start of a new season.
• Make sure that any system modifications or new installations do not create pipework with intermittent or no water flow.
• Finally, any algae and accumulated scale from air and water handling systems should be removed immediately.