Legionella is a waterborne disease, best known for the adverse effects caused when an individual becomes infected with this harmful bacteria.

If a person is to consume contaminated water droplets, this Legionella bacteria can have detrimental effects on an individuals health. In particular, causing serious health issues such as lung infection.

Below are 10 facts that you may not have known about Legionella.

1. Legionella bacteria is most commonly located in lakes, rivers and also ponds, however because they're found in these areas in such small quantities, they are considered harmless.

2. Legionella will thrive in particular temperatures, the best temperatures for Legionella to thrive in are temperatures between 20-45 centigrade. Elements such as limescale, rust will often exacerbate the speed of their reproduction.

3. The disease now known as Legionnaires disease, is known as such, because of an event in Philadelphia 1976, in which there was an outbreak of pneumonia at an American Legion, with multiple people suffering from lung infections.

4. Symptoms for Legionnaires disease will often take around 7 days to be noticeable, these symptoms include: fevers, shortness of breath, headaches, wheezing, as well as muscle pain.

5. Legionella bacteria will see its growth rate heighten in facilities such as spas, steam rooms, and saunas. A big problem for hotels, leisure centres and other commercial premises that have these various water systems in abundance.

6. 90% of infected patients will successfully recover from illness. These type of infections will most commonly be treated with a course of antibiotics for 1 week to a month. Treatment can be administered either by tablets, or even in the form of a drip.

7. Anyone can be susceptible to the illness, however, as touched upon in previous article "What is Legionella?", it is most likely to be the older portion of the population that is extremely susceptible to infection. This along with heavy smokers and those with already weakened immune systems.

8. Although not widely thought to be contagious, except in very rare circumstances. There should still be measures made by site managers to implement procedure that ensures all water and HVAC systems are maintained to a safe level, eliminating the chance for bacteria growth, and meeting current UK compliance regulations.

9. As it is a notifiable disease, this means any case of someone being diagnosed with Legionnaires disease must be made official to the local health authorities. This so the source of the infection can found in order to help prevent any further, more large scale outbreak of the disease.

10. Legionella is a pathogenic group of bacteria that cause what is known as Legionellosis in humans, a group of illnesses including Legionnaires disease, as well as Pontiac fever.

If you are responsible for any commercial premises that contains any type of water system that could be susceptible to Legionella, contact us today - 01604 696113, for any helpful advice, or to find out more about how we can help keep your water systems Legionella free.

There are far greater benefits to be realised from Auto flushers than purely convenience. Below we will go through 5 key benefits that Auto flushers can bring to your commercial premises.

1. Cost effective

Implementing touch-less features such as Auto flushers into commercial premises bathroom facilities, are the go-to option for many and there's a reason for this, that reason being the huge savings that come with these features. With Auto flushers resulting in much less water is usage, saving thousands. This along with other hands free alternatives like hand dryers and automated soap dispensers, can equate to huge sums of money saving for businesses.

2. Increased efficiency

Auto flush toilets help increase efficiency in commercial premises as they help reduce water wastage with correctly programmed water usage at specific scheduled times. An example being, when an occupant using the toilet taps the touchscreen faucet or activates a sensor, the water delivered is a specified amount for a short duration, rather than remaining on for as long as the user chooses, or even remaining on after they leave because they forgot to turn it off. These additions will not only cut costs, but also help a business increase efficiency and in turn reduce carbon footprints.

3. Hygiene friendly

When people visiting your business use your facilities it is important that their visit is made safe and pleasant as possible. Bathrooms are a big part of this, over time they often collect large amounts of germs and bacteria, by avoiding the traditional knobs and leavers when flushing, Auto flushers help reduce the chance of passing germs and transferring illnesses. In turn boosting not just visitors health but also employee health, therefore also putting a reduction on the number of employee sick days.

4. Greater convenience

This touches upon the original point made in number 3, the objective of improving user experience. Auto flushers in the bathroom will only help this. By making the users experience simplified cutting out the fiddling with levers on a faucet. All one has to do is activate a sensor, making these ideal for the elderly who may suffer from debilitating illnesses such as arthritis.

5. Prolonged lifespan

In public or commercial bathrooms it is not uncommon for users to be harder on the equipment than perhaps they would at their own home. Their are many instances where levers have been yanked off as well as other forms of wear and tear. Auto flush toilets often last longer as they simply do not receive the same kind of wear and tear that more traditional fixtures do. This due to the sensory options, meaning that they are much less likely to need replacing as frequently.

If you are interested in implementing an Auto flush system into your commercial premises, please contact - 01604 696113, for further information.

Remote Monitoring is fast becoming the norm for more and more businesses and there's many reasons why. Today we are going to focus on 3 key reasons why Remote Monitoring can hugely benefit your business.

What is Remote Monitoring?

Remote Monitoring involves the use of sensors from a machine that enables the collection of important data for a number of things. This could be energy consumption, temperature or pressure monitoring, as well as a number of many other performance measuring. This important information will then be sent from the automated machine monitoring a particular aspect of a site, to the site manager that requires that Information. A site manager can then have access to data trends, detailed information and plan maintenance schedules around this, with a goal of identifying any issues that could be affecting site operations. This will often be stored on some sort of dashboard or online cloud based portal that can be accessed remotely.

1. Enhance efficiency

With Remote Monitoring, employees are able to avoid tedious data recording, with no need to be on site for half as much time as they would usually. The system allows for easy data collection that will automatically send that information to live dashboards or online portals. This giving the site manager that would be fundamentally wasting time doing the job that Remote Monitoring can do for them, and enabling that extra time for utilising and analysing the data, therefore increasing efficiency.

2. Boost productivity

If any type of problem, errors, or faults arise whilst Remote Monitoring is active at a site, the Remote Monitoring system will allow for alerts to be sent as well as notifications via email, text message etc. This enabling site managers to quickly address issues and minimise downtime. The system can also be programmed to schedule maintenance, by sending notification for when maintenance is due and also request quotations for any particular services that are required.

3. Gain further insight

Remote Monitoring is great for taking normal data recordings and turning them into, or allowing for data to be turned into different graphs for better data visualisation. These graphs could contain changes in production on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis. From this, one can start to learn trends and gain valuable insight into whether their site can be operating at a higher efficiency.

With the right Remote Monitoring system implemented, this can lead to highly important data collection, which in turn will lead to more informed and greater decision making. Site managers will no longer be required to monitor all equipment all the time, saving sites on labour costs, as well as equipment failure that can be extremely expensive.

For more information on or if you wish to request a quotation for Remote Monitoring from us, you can contact our office - 01604 696113

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