Legionella is a type of bacteria that occurs naturally in fresh water bodies. When it forms or enters tanks or water sources that humans use, it becomes a health risk. Among other respiratory problems, this type of bacteria can cause a potentially lethal form of pneumonia called Legionnaire’s disease. According to the gov.uk website, in 2016 alone, the number of reported cases of Legionnaire’s disease was 496. This is why it is important to test your stored water for the bacteria from time to time.
Testing for Legionella in 3 simple steps
Designed to be as simple as possible, these test kits need you to perform only 3 steps. Take the sterile bottles from the kit and fill it with water from your hot water taps and showers. Then place the bottle and sample in the bag that has been supplied. Get in touch with us and we collect your sample for free! Once the tests have been completed, we will contact you with the results and send you a certificate by post.
You can expect the results of your samples back in 13 days. This is because it takes 10 days alone to culture the bacteria. In some cases, (especially if the samples are from high-risk areas), an alternative process can be used. Do let us know if this is the case.
Methodical Collection of Samples
Go over the plans of your home and account of how many hot water systems, taps and showers you have. Ideally, you should have samples from all the different systems and storage units in your home. Browse through the legionella testing kits and choose one that suits your property best.
Homeowners and Landlords
The law requires landlords of both residential and commercial properties to provide an environment that is free of any hazardous elements. This includes Legionella bacteria and Health and Safety executives believe that testing for Legionella is apt in high-risk areas including hospitals and nursing homes. Any area where the temperature of stored water goes below 60 degrees (even for a short period of time) should be tested from time to time. We not only test your water in our lab but also provide you with a certificate stating the results.
Aquacert has been a trusted name when it comes to legionella test kits. With 20 years of experience in industry, the company offers kits that are safe, easy to use and affordable. Considered as UK’s Number 1 legionella testing provider. The best part about these testing kits is that they comply by the highest quality while keeping a check on ease of use and price. The entire testing is done under the vigilance of experts in UKAS accredited laboratories. In addition to Legionella testing kits, Aquacert also offers a complete range of water quality testing kits. With such an ease of use and versatility been offered at affordable prices, there is no doubt in why Aquacert comes out as a true winner.