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Dead Leg Piping

When the term dead leg arises, most probably won't think of water pipes.  Within water systems, this form of pipework offers the ideal breeding ground for legionella bacteria growth, due to their collection of stagnant water. At Titan Mechanical Services, we specialise in dead leg piping removals, using the latest equipment and techniques to ensure the process is safe, efficient, and minimally invasive. Sometimes referred to as dead end pipes, these redundant aspects of water distribution systems can contaminate potable water supplies if left unresolved for substantial periods and, therefore, require immediate maintenance. A legionella risk assessment is a suitable means of identifying dead leg piping and Titan are the first choice for carrying out these required remedial actions. Our experienced Engineers will closely follow guidance set in HSE’s ACoP L8: “Legionnaires’ disease, the control of legionella bacteria in water systems” 2013 to ensure best practice. So, now's the time to act. Get in touch to schedule your dead leg piping removal service.

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What Is The Definition Of Dead Leg Piping?

A dead leg is a section of plumbing or piping that is not in use or does not have a regular flow of water. This stagnant or unused section of the system can provide a habitat for the growth of microorganisms, including Legionella pneumophila, the bacterium responsible for causing Legionnaires' disease.

What Is The Dead Leg Piping Calculation?

The dead leg piping calculation refers to the calculation of the volume of water in a stagnant or unused section of a plumbing or piping system, also known as a "dead leg". The calculation of the volume of water in a dead leg is used to determine the amount of water that needs to be removed, and the frequency with which the dead leg needs to be flushed.

How Do You Avoid Dead Leg Pipes In Your Water System?

To avoid dead legs in your pipework system, the following steps can be taken:

  1. Design: During the design stage, carefully consider the layout of the piping system to minimize the number of dead legs and ensure that they are kept as short as possible.

  2. Installation: Ensure that all fittings, valves, and connections are properly installed and secured to prevent leaks and minimize the risk of stagnant water.

  3. Maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain the piping system, including flushing and cleaning dead legs, to remove any stagnant water and reduce the risk of Legionella growth.

  4. Monitoring: Continuously monitor the water system to detect any dead legs and address them promptly.

  5. Updating: Regularly update the piping system to remove any outdated or unused sections and reduce the number of dead legs.

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The team on the day were very cooperative, professional and efficient. The job was completed quickly and all RAMS and CS entry procedures were adhered too. The information requests before the work commenced were all answered quickly and in full. A great service was seen from Titan from start to finish.

David Sutcliffe, Contract & Compliance Manager, EQUANS 

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