Boats, Caravans and Camper Vans – is Legionnaires a risk?
Legionella bacteria have no boundaries, and are just as happy to turn up on a pleasure craft or leisure vehicle as it is it in a commercial or residential property. All it needs are the right conditions! As such, as long as you follow the guidelines for preventing legionella, your boat, camper or caravan should be fine.
• If it has been a while since using the boiler – drain and flush the system before use.
• If you won’t be using the boiler for a while – drain and flush the system before leaving.
• For added protection use disinfectant – flush out the pipes with a specialist disinfectant used for swimming pools. Rinse thoroughly afterwards!
• Check the temperature of the hot water – this should be 60 degrees Celsius all the way to the tap.
• If water is well below recommended temp – contact the boiler supplier, or the vehicle dealer/owner.
The water in campers, caravans and boats rarely remains in the tank for a long period of time, and therefore is unlikely to reach temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius, which is requirement for legionella bacteria to grow. Therefore, systems such as these pose less of a threat to the health of the occupants. In addition, there is generally very little mist generated, with the exception of showering, which also reduces the risk from infection.
If you are unsure about the risks of the systems in your camper, boat or caravan, or you are the owner of a rental company or park – please contact one of our specialists for advice of the prevention of legionnaires disease.