Rise In Hot Tub Sales Causes Legionnaire’s Fears
Legionella Bacteria Thrives In Stagnant Hot Tub Water
Enjoy your new hot tub without the worry of legionella contamination by following these tips.
There hasn’t been a lot of great news in 2020, but the weather has certainly been a reason for celebration. With months spent in our gardens, homeowners have been looking for ways to make the most of their outdoor space. Hot tubs have long been a favourite feature of staycation holidays, but homeowners are now realising the benefits of investing in their very own spa pool. Sales of hot tubs absolutely rocketed during lockdown, with eBay reporting orders increasing 1080% during April alone. Whilst this all sounds like a blissful way to spend time with your family during the pandemic, unfortunately hot tubs can pose a risk to health if they’re not maintained correctly.
What Is Legionnaire’s Disease?
Legionnaire’s Disease is a respiratory condition, which is essentially a more severe type of pneumonia. A person contracts the disease if they inhale tiny water droplets that have been contaminated with legionella bacteria. If the conditions are correct, then this bacterium can thrive and affect the health anyone in the vicinity; however, elderly or vulnerable people as well as those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.
For legionella bacteria to survive in water supplies, any type of stagnant water which is neither too hot nor too cold will present the perfect environment. This is why hot tubs, spa pools and even garden hoses may become contaminated unless adequate safety precautions are taken.
Tightening Up The Health and Safety Of Your Hot Tub
Homeowners should rely on a qualified and reputable plumber to install their hot tub. This is common sense anyway, as inadequate plumbing can cause many other health and safety issues. You should also ensure that you purchase your hot tub from a well-known supplier with a history of manufacturing quality spa baths. A trustworthy manufacturer will provide you with clear instructions which must be followed to the letter. Your legionella risk assessment will be straightforward if you know that you’ve carried out the necessary maintenance and periodic safety checks.
These include thorough cleaning and disinfection of the unit, as well as regular chlorination to decontaminate the hot tub. Be warned that legionella is able to incubate in a very short period of two to ten days. This means that if you allow your cleaning standards to slip even briefly, then you could be putting the health of someone in your household at risk.
Seeking Professional Advice
If you are aware that you’ve not cleaned as regularly as you should have, or if you notice any leaks or cracks in your water systems, then it’s essential to seek professional advice. If your hot tub is still under warranty, then speaking to the original manufacturer should be a priority as they’ll be able to advise on how your hot tub could be maintained or replaced. Depending on the advice offered by your manufacturer, it may also be necessary to call in a professional legionella control team to deep-clean your spa pool and remove any trace of this deadly bacterium.
If you’ve been lucky enough to purchase a hot tub during 2020, then it’s probably transformed your experience of lockdown. Make sure that you and your family will still enjoy it as much in the months to come, by keeping on top of your spa pool maintenance.