Hot water safety is every homeowners concern. Every year, many accidents caused by hot water are reported. Most of these accidents affect children, elderly persons and the disabled. However with the appropriate measures, these accidents can be avoided.
Domestic hot water systems are also associated with Legionnaires disease. Large water heaters like those used in industrial settings and hospitals usually have cool zones close to the bottom where cold water enters and sediment and scale accumulate.
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A licensed plumber will advise you on the most appropriate method of regulating your water temperature for the bathroom, kitchen and laundry. For instance, you can consider installing a thermostatic valve .In case you are buying a continuous flow hot water system, you can set the required temperature with the electronic control so that continuous hot water is supplied at that temperature.
Ensure that water is stored at 60 to prevent legionnaire bacteria and other harmful organisms. That temperature is very hot ad should not be allowed to get into the taps. Water should be supplied to your hot water bath at below 50. Schools, nursing homes, and children centres should have the hot water set at less than 45
Plumbers Licensing Board can oblige a plumber to make rectifications up to 6 years if it's established later that a plumber did not do a good job. This explains why it's important to hire a licensed plumber.
Apart from temperatures below 60, dead-legs and non circulated plumbing scale and sedimentation provide a favourable environment for a legionnaires disease bacteria to thrive. To control these bacteria, test the integrity of your backflow preventers to prevent contamination with cross water, drain hot water tanks frequently to prevent sludge and scale and avoid using rubber, plastic, and silicon gaskets in plumbing systems.
To avoid scalding accidents, always run cold water first, don't leave a child in the care of an older child who can turn on the hot water tap, don't leave your child alone in the bathroom and remember to keep the bathroom door closed when not in use.
Hot water tanks should be drained frequently to remove scale and sediment. If your hot water system is infected, treat it using chemical disinfectant, or pasteurization.
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