Day: February 13, 2024

Why Landlords Should Conduct a Legionella InspectionWhy Landlords Should Conduct a Legionella Inspection

If you own or rent out property as a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure the water systems in the properties you have under your control are safe for tenants and visitors. One of the ways to do this is by conducting a legionella inspection.Read more :

Legionella is a dangerous bacteria that can be found in warm, stagnant water. If ingested or inhaled, it can cause Legionellosis, a range of illnesses including the milder Pontiac fever and the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease. It’s also possible for legionella to contaminate whirlpool spas, hot water tanks, drinking and bathing systems and even cooling towers, ice machines and public fountains.

Legionella Inspection Checklist: Ensuring Comprehensive Assessment

It’s not a legal requirement for landlords to perform a legionella risk assessment but, if you do have the appropriate skills and knowledge, it’s a good idea to get a professional to carry out an inspection to give you peace of mind that you’re complying with health and safety regulations. In most domestic cases, a risk assessment will involve visually inspecting every tap and showerhead in the property as well as checking for redundant pipework and access to any water tanks in the loft or garden.

Landlords with commercial buildings or complex water systems are more likely to need a professional to carry out a risk assessment on their behalf. A professional assessor will be able to look at multiple sites, understand complex water systems and provide a comprehensive service. In addition to risk assessments, they can conduct testing and keep accurate records on your behalf.