We are qualified and registered to undertake legionella testing and assessments. We carry equipment to test all water outlets and water storage so that we can check for the presence of legionella bacteria or the risks of exposure to legionnaires disease. The tests are carried out in all bathrooms and where any water tanks are present and usually take an hour or so to complete.
What is Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease
Legionnaires’ disease is a very serious type of pneumonia, lung infection, caused by a bacteria called Legionella. In nature, Legionella lives in fresh water and rarely causes illness. In man-made settings, Legionella can grow if the water is not properly maintained.
Most healthy people do not become infected with Legionella after exposure. People at higher risk of getting sick are:
- Older people (usually 50 years or older)
- Current or former smokers
- People with a chronic lung disease (like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema)
- People with a weak immune system from diseases like cancer, diabetes, or kidney failure
- People who take drugs that suppress (weaken) the immune system (like after a transplant operation or chemotherapy)
There is a legal duty for landlords to assess and control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria, but Health and Safety law does not require landlords to produce or obtain, nor does HSE recognise, a ‘Legionnaires testing certificate’.
If you have any questions regarding Legionella risks and testing, feel free to contact us. You can give us a call or book an appointment below. You can also leave your number and we will call you.