What Causes Legionnaires' Disease and Why
LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE AND WHY?
Legionnaires' disease, or Legeionellosis, is caused by "Legionella pneumophila, a ubiquitous aquatic organism that thrives in warm environments." It was identified after 34 Veterans died after attending an American Legion Convention in the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia in 1976.
This is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria. You usually get it by breathing in the mist from hot water that contains the bacteria. The mist may come from bathtubs, showers, hot tubs this bacteria can be found in water heaters where low HEAT temperatures are present.
PREVENTION OF LEGIONELLA BACTERIA
Maintain your hot water temperature above 140℉, for minimizing risk of Legionella bacteria in the tank.
Install a mixing valve for greater effective hot water storage, giving you more hot water on demand by adjusting your hot water temperature down to 125℉ to prevent risk of scalding. Water heater pros of Sacramento, Ca. recommends installing a hot water recirculation pump to supply instant hot water at all faucets. Call us for a free no obligation quote.