Windscreen wiper water/ Legionnaires' Disease

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Guest, Jun 14, 2010.

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    Guest Guest

    Don't breathe in when your behind a window washer

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/10293519.stm


    Windscreen wiper water may be the cause of 20% of cases of Legionnaires'
    Disease in England and Wales, the Health Protection Agency says.
     
    Guest, Jun 14, 2010
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    Dave Emerson Guest

    We were watching that this morning and both thought that the car/truck
    aircon is a much more likely source than the washers.
     
    Dave Emerson, Jun 14, 2010
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    Adrian Guest

    Yup. Those too cheap to put any additive in the screenwash are far more
    likely not to run the aircon regularly.
     
    Adrian, Jun 14, 2010
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    sweller Guest

    Isn't that type of air con a closed system so a water borne disease
    wouldn't be able to do its thing?
     
    sweller, Jun 14, 2010
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    Krusty Guest

    Condensation at a guess. If you don't run it regularly, condensation
    builds up on the exchanger, making a nice home for nasties which then
    get blown through the vents when you do run it.
     
    Krusty, Jun 14, 2010
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    Krusty Guest

    I'm not so sure. If I was a professional driver doing tens of thousands
    of miles a year, I'm not sure I'd bother with screen wash either when
    there's no chance of freezing. You'd get through gallons of the stuff &
    it all hits the bottom line.
     
    Krusty, Jun 14, 2010
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    davethedave Guest

    In many cars I have seen a lot of it hits the car behind as well.
     
    davethedave, Jun 14, 2010
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    ogden Guest

    Or bike behind. Which is a bit of a pisser when it goes all over your
    visor and you don't have the luxury of windscreen wipers.
     
    ogden, Jun 14, 2010
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    Andy Hewitt Guest

    You actually get a fungal growth in there, quite common it is. It tends
    to be worse in the winter when you're not running it so often, and
    clearing it through with fresh water, and of course warming it up nicely
    with the heater. It gives you that 'musty' smell you get when you first
    switch on.
     
    Andy Hewitt, Jun 14, 2010
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    frag Guest

    took a blunt brush and painted...
    So us convertible car drivers are screwed then.

    Ah well, as I'm snuffling like hell I'll just chuck the used snot rags over
    my shoulder when I'm driving along :)
     
    frag, Jun 14, 2010
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    Hog Guest

    While the heat exchanger is in a closed loop the air circulation system of
    an aircon car is not. There is a build up of condensation and although their
    should be a drainage system a sensible car mechanic treats the area with
    some caution.

    The drainage getting restricted or blocked is a common enough issue and it
    can get *really* unpleasant in the trap.
     
    Hog, Jun 14, 2010
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    Simon Wilson Guest

    especially after a good ruby.
     
    Simon Wilson, Jun 14, 2010
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    Dan L Guest

    Christ man your car must be huge to warrant an adiabatic cooling tower.
     
    Dan L, Jun 14, 2010
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    Hog Guest

    I expect that's a bit like Domestos though
     
    Hog, Jun 15, 2010
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