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    Our downstairs loo was converted to a small utility room ages ago. There is a small sink in there. I used to run the taps once a week mainly to prevent legionnaires as I was told this was a risk.

    I've forgotten to run it in a long long time and there is a slight drains smell coming from the basin so I was gonna run the taps. Leave it alone or run it?

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    Default Re: Dis-used hot tap - legionnaires risk?

    Throw some bleach down the plug hole first, leave it for 5 minutes and then run the tap.

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    Default Re: Dis-used hot tap - legionnaires risk?

    https://www.riverside.org.uk/you-you.../water-safety/

    What else can I do in my home to keep my water safe from bacteria?

    There a few simple steps you can follow to help reduce the risk of bacteria and legionnaires disease in your home:

    If you have taps or showers you don’t use regularly, run them for 5-10 minutes at least once a month to clear the pipes.
    Try to clean the outside of taps and shower heads at least once every three months.
    Ensure there aren’t any places where water can stay still and build up bacteria.

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    Default Re: Dis-used hot tap - legionnaires risk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermofo View Post
    Our downstairs loo was converted to a small utility room ages ago. There is a small sink in there. I used to run the taps once a week mainly to prevent legionnaires as I was told this was a risk.

    I've forgotten to run it in a long long time and there is a slight drains smell coming from the basin so I was gonna run the taps. Leave it alone or run it?
    The drain smell is the trap (U bend) drying out. There's no water in it to prevent the drain smells coming back up the drain.

    Legionnaires bacteria proliferates at 20-45C. Run the tap occasionally until it's scalding hot i.e pasteurisation, this'll kill any bacteria (highly unlikely it is present anyway) and stop the trap from drying out.

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    So seeing as it's been probably a year since it was last run. What's best. Hold my breath, turn the tap on and leg it for 10 mins?

    As I said I was pretty good at remembering, but forgot a looooong time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcoholic View Post
    The drain smell is the trap (U bend) drying out. There's no water in it to prevent the drain smells coming back up the drain.


    I get this with my rarely-used downstairs shower room. Run the tap once in a while and it's job jobbed. Stop anything seizing up to boot.

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    What's best.
    Manning the fuck up.


    (Spoken like the newly qualified Mental Health First Aider that I am. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by gremlin View Post
    Manning the fuck up.


    (Spoken like the newly qualified Mental Health First Aider that I am. )
    Mrs is working in Cuba at the moment else I'd have bravely sent her in

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    Default Re: Dis-used hot tap - legionnaires risk?

    Pour a kettle full of boiling water down the drain, that'll sort the smell out.

    But do you really think you'll get Legionnaires Disease from a disused tap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    But do you really think you'll get Legionnaires Disease from a disused tap?
    I'd never thought about it till Veggie Dave (remember him) came over to do some plumbing work and said it wasn't clever for me to leave the tap without running it or removing it. Else I'd never given it a thought.

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    Default Re: Dis-used hot tap - legionnaires risk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    Pour a kettle full of boiling water down the drain, that'll sort the smell out.

    But do you really think you'll get Legionnaires Disease from a disused tap?
    Don't do that, especially if the sink is ceramic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supermofo View Post
    I'd never thought about it till Veggie Dave (remember him) came over to do some plumbing work and said it wasn't clever for me to leave the tap without running it or removing it. Else I'd never given it a thought.
    Even if you remove the tap, you'd need to take the pipework back to stop a dead leg of stagnant water. It's not a massive problem at home, the risk from your tap will be small however if you're worried, open the window and just run the tap for a few mins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supermofo View Post
    So seeing as it's been probably a year since it was last run. What's best. Hold my breath, turn the tap on and leg it for 10 mins?

    As I said I was pretty good at remembering, but forgot a looooong time ago.
    I'd pour some bleach down closely followed by a kettle full of boiling water. but I'd keep it secret so I don't have to hand my man card in

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    Default Re: Dis-used hot tap - legionnaires risk?

    Bleach or drain cleaner down the hole, give it 10 mins then open a window and run the tap gently (just enough to get a constant stream so it isn't throwing droplets into the air) for 5 minutes.

    As Ant said, don't chuck boiling water down it you could crack the sink and possibly generate a leak (fast expansion of plastic pipes) and the risk is minimal.

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    Move house, make it someone else's problem.

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