Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the contamination of water, which contains Legionella. The disease can potentially be a fatal form of pneumonia and it’s something that all landlords should be testing for in their properties.
As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the tenant is living within a safe environment. Our team at NJ Harkus are able to test for Legionella within your water system and provide you with the “all clear” for complete peace of mind.
For further information regarding our risk assessment methods for landlords, we recommend that you get in touch with our team. We will walk you through the complete process and schedule your property in for an assessment at your convenience.
Any hot or cold water systems found in your property are able to become contaminated by Legionella. If the system is within a suitable temperature range or contains substances that the Legionella could feed from (i.e. sludge or rust), then the Legionella may increase drastically within the water in the property.
All of our team at NJ Harkus are able to perform a Legionella risk assessment for landlords and take the necessary actions if there is any contamination.
Although the majority of rental properties are low risk, it’s still important that you perform a risk assessment. Once the Legionella risk assessment is complete, we then provide you with records that act as proof that you are complying with your responsibility as a landlord.
During a risk assessment, we identify any potential hazards where the water may become contaminated. Hazards include any stored water, areas where the water temperature is between 20 to 45°C and many other hazards. We then consider who may be at risk from becoming in touch with the Legionella bacteria within the property.
If any Legionella is detected within the water system of the property, we would then take action and implement new control methods. This would involve replacing any redundant pipework, checking water temperatures are set correctly, flushing out the system and cleaning components.