WHAT IS LEGIONELLA?
Legionella bacteria is a waterborne pathogen found in engineered water systems such as:
Water heaters & storage tanks
Pipes & valves
A poorly maintained water system can lead to build-up of biofilm, stagnated water and rust. This creates a perfect breeding ground for Legionella bacteria.
Not only is the presence of Legionella bad for your mechanical systems, but it can endanger your health. Legionella bacteria becomes harmful when contaminated droplets are inhaled. This can lead to Legionnaries' Disease.
Legionnaires' Disease is a severe form of pneumonia. It includes symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, fever, and chest pain.
1 in 10 people die from contracting Legionnaires' Disease
Keeping Legionella out of building water systems is key to preventing infection.
How often to test for Legionella?
Testing frequency depends of multiple risk factors. At a minimum:
OFFICES, INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES
HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES