While more difficult to access and clean than cold water systems, calorifiers will often pose a higher risk of Legionella growth.
We often deal with calorifiers and direct water boilers where there is no record of cylinder inspection or descaling.
While there is a great deal of emphasis on the visible surfaces of cold-water tanks, the hot water system is often neglected, despite the clear guidance given by HSE. While more difficult to access and clean than cold water systems, calorifiers will often pose a higher risk of Legionella growth.
This is due to high levels of scale in a part of the system where water is at a temperature favourable to the growth of Legionella. Scale is deposited as water heats up, meaning that calcium carbonate will form on and around heat exchange surfaces. Signs of a hot water cylinder suffering from high levels of scale include a reduction to water flow, fluctuating and lower than normal water temperatures.
In the most extreme circumstances, a large build-up of thick layers of scale can all but seal off your water flow.
Using a range of biocides and descaling chemicals which all comply with the latest HSE and ACOP L8 guidelines, Evolution Air & Water Hygiene Services can carry out a thorough cleaning and disinfection service to remove any sediment from the calorifiers which may have built up over time, the dirt that has built up inside the calorifier is a perfect environment for legionella growth.
To prevent this from occurring, our engineers can carry out an internal visual inspection of calorifiers with access hatches installed on them. Upon our findings, a report will be generated detailing any build-up of sediments, debris, scale, or corrosion which may taking place within the calorifier. Digital images will be taken, providing extra evidence of the internal condition and cleanliness of the vessel.
If there is scale which has been left within the vessel, it is proven that it will reduce fuel efficiency all the time it has not been maintained correctly. For calorifiers with no access hatch, a sample of drain water can be taken, and its condition noted.
– Calorifier does not reach 60 degrees
· High bacteria count or positive results of legionella obtained from calorifier
· Excessive sediments found in calorifier upon inspection
· Funny taste, odour or colour of the water at outlet.
· New installation of hot water calorifier
· Good practice in the prevention of legionella
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