Plumbing health hazards

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When things go wrong with plumbing and heating systems, it can be more than an inconvenience. In some cases plumbing problems can pose a serious danger to our health. This section includes advice on:

  • Legionella, leptospirosis and lead
  • Burn and scald injuries, CO poisoning and black dust
  • Plumbing misconnections and pollution
  • Hot tubs, spa baths and risks for gardeners
  • Advice for landlords
  • Advice after flooding

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Burns and scalds

A burn injury is for life. Sadly most plumbing and heating related burn and scald injuries could have been avoided. Reduce your risk now.

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Legionnaires' disease

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that can be deadly. Breakouts can occur in all hot and cold water plumbing systems.

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Hot tubs and spa baths

There is a risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease from hot tubs, jacuzzi's & spa baths that are not disinfected or maintained correctly.

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Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a natural gas created by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. It has no smell, taste or colour & is deadly.

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Lead poisoning

Lead can cause serious poisoning if it builds up in the body. Although use of lead has been banned since 1970, it remains in many homes.

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Landlords and tenants

In domestic rented properties, landlords have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of their tenants.

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Plumbing misconnections

Hundreds of thousands of UK properties have misconnections in the plumbing system, causing pollution to streams, rivers and local beaches.

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Water drainage survey

Do you know about your drainage? If your home is one of the thousands with plumbing misconnections, you could be polluting the environment.

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Weil's disease

Weil's disease, also known as Leptospirosis, is caused by a bacteria that survives in water and can infect animals and humans.

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Gardeners may be surprised to know that the bacteria that causes Legionnaires Disease and Leptospirosis can lurk in compost, hoses & ponds.

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Flooding can cause serious damage to homes, including plumbing and heating systems. Sadly contaminated flood water brings health risks too.

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Black dust

Black dust is caused when hydrogen sulphide attacks metal in heating systems. Black dust can be a cause of big problems for gas appliances.

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Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a potentially disabling and life-threatening disease caused by the poliovirus. Poliovirus is very contagious and spreads easily through human-to-human contact. 

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