Legionella cases continue to rise
These numbers are staggering and indicates the need for a solution to be adopted within plumbing systems. Before we look at the solution, it is important to understand the cause of legionella.
How does Legionella grow?
Another factor to consider is the build-up of dead legs- quite simply pipework that is no longer In use- within hospitals or older buildings which have undergone repairs over time. Dead legs are a primary cause of stagnant water, which is the perfect breeding ground for legionella.
How to prevent Legionella?
2. Ensure you have the right pipework and jointing methods for the job. Specifying the correct pipe size will ensure that the water in the building is regularly exchanged and does not have the chance to stagnate. What’s more, selecting a connection method that seals on the inside bore of the pipe will greatly reduce the risk of legionella developing via bacteria in small crevices. The Quick and Easy Shrink-Fit and S-Press Plus solution are examples of such methods
3. Products such as Smart Ends are available to further safeguard against dead legs and the consequent threat of Legionella. Smart Ends are tap elbow plumbing fitting which eradicate dead legs from plumbing systems, replacing traditional T-piece plumbing systems, whilst also requiring less fittings and improving flow rate. They can be implemented within a loop installation, which flushes out the whole local pipe network every time any water outlet on the system is opened.
4) Adopt a loop installation method- This is probably the most effective way of preventing legionella from occurring in a healthcare or commercial building. Essentially this method flushes water throughout a system every time a water outlet is used. It requires fewer fittings, reduces pressure loss and increases speed of hot water delivery, whilst completely eliminating dead legs and enabling the use of a consistent pipe size throughout the whole loop.
Uponor are here to help
Before conducting your next project, why not speak to an Uponor representative first. They can guide you on selecting the right pipework solution to prevent legionella and are on hand to provide full project take offs and accurate material lists. Did you know that Uponor also offer onsite installation training with installers before a project to ensure no problems arise?