Shower Head Cleaning & Descaling

Shower heads are susceptible areas for legionella bacteria to growth and should be cleaned and descaled as part of a legionella control programme.

Hightech Water Services offer cleaning and disinfection of water systems and provide services which can chemically remove lime scale and then kill any underlying bacteria to reduce the risk of legionellosis and help you ensure compliance with HSE Legislation.

The Health and Safety Executive ACoP and Guidance L8 states:
“The presence of sediment, sludge, scale and other material within the system, together with biofilms, are also thought to play an important role in harbouring and providing favourable conditions in which the legionella bacteria may grow. A biofilm is a thin layer of micro-organisms which may form a slime on the surfaces in contact with water. Such biofilms, sludge and scale can protect legionella bacteria from temperatures and other biocides that would otherwise kill or inhibit these organisms if they were freely suspended in the water.”

Shower heads and hoses which remain semi-wetted after use can accumulate lime scale and harbour biofilms and bacterial growth. As showers produce aerosols that can be inhaled by the user, particular care should be taken to clean shower heads and hoses at least quarterly, as part of your legionella control programme and to comply with HSE ACoP L8.

Our engineers are qualified to industry standards and will dismantle and clean the shower heads and are left scale, biofilm and bacteria free as part of a routine service package.

Because our systems do not contain chlorine based disinfectants which degrade with time, it can be used repeatedly and only discharged once depleted; this means that the environmental impact of routinely discharging disinfectants to drain is minimised.