In recent years, the awareness of Legionnaires' disease and the importance of preventing its spread have become increasingly crucial, both in domestic and commercial settings. Legionella bacteria, found in natural and purpose-built water sources, pose a significant health risk when inhaled through water droplets. With certain demographics more susceptible to its effects, it's imperative to take proactive measures to minimise the risk of infection. Here, we'll explore practical steps that can be taken in properties to prevent the rise of Legionnaires' disease and ensure the safety of occupants. 
Regular Flushing: Ensure all taps, showers, and pipework that aren't in regular use are flushed through frequently to prevent water stagnation. 
Showerhead Maintenance: Keep showerheads clean to maintain normal water flow and reduce the risk of Legionella bacteria buildup. 
Check for Damage: Inspect shower hoses for any signs of damage or kinks that could lead to water pooling. 
Remove Dead Legs: Dead legs in water systems provide an ideal breeding ground for Legionella bacteria. Regularly remove them to minimise risk. 
Temperature Monitoring: Maintain water temperatures outside the range of 20 to 45ºC, as Legionella thrives in these conditions. Regularly check temperatures in hot and cold water systems. 
Chlorination: Consider chlorinating water systems every six months to one year to kill any existing Legionella bacteria and clean the system thoroughly. 
Conduct Risk Assessments: Schedule regular risk assessments to identify and address any potential sources of Legionella growth. 
GES Water offers professional risk assessment services conducted by trained experts for your peace of mind. Additionally, we provide Legionella Awareness Training and Landlord Legionella Risk Assessment Packs for those who prefer to handle assessments internally. 
Visit our shop for more information. 
Taking proactive steps to prevent Legionnaires' disease is essential for the health and safety of occupants in both domestic and commercial properties. By implementing regular maintenance, temperature monitoring, and risk assessments, property owners can minimise the risk of Legionella contamination and ensure compliance with safety regulations. With the expertise of professionals at GES Water, property owners can receive comprehensive risk assessments and guidance to keep their properties safe and compliant. Don't wait until it's too late – prioritise Legionella prevention today for a safer tomorrow. 
Get in touch with us today to discuss your business's risk assessment needs and ensure compliance with regulations. With our expertise, your property will be safe and legally compliant. 
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