Legionnaires disease is a form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of water that is contaminated by Legionella. As man made water systems can host Legionella, health and safety laws dictate that landlords have a duty of care to their tenants to ensure that they are not at risk. There are some steps that can be done to ensure that there are no risks of Legionella in the property.
- If the house is empty for a week or more, run all the taps, showerheads and flush the toilets to clear sitting water.
- Hot water should be set at 45 degrees Celsius to prevent Legionella breeding inside the water tank.
- Run water periodically through unused outlets such as sinks in guest bedrooms.
If you, or your property manager implements these simple measures then the risk of Legionella in your rental property will be low.
Along with managing the property, our highly trained team can make sure that you are kept up to date with all current legal requirements, and that if any work does need to be completed we can arrange for contractors to carry out the work, saving you time and money. Headway UK will carry out regular inspections on your behalf so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of when tests and checks need to be carried out.