Season’s greetings from Nationwide Water Solutions, the UK’s leading sprinkler tank expert. We hope this Christmas Day finds you safe and happy, and enjoying the very best of what the season has to offer.
We would like to thank our customers, old and new, for their continued business during 2018. We appreciate the pivotal importance of a sprinkler tank to fire safety. Our products and services deliver peace of mind – not just at Christmas but throughout the year.
Your 2019 sprinkler tank expert advice
If you own a building that benefits from automatic sprinklers and a sprinkler tank, the New Year is a great time to check:
- When your sprinkler tank was last independently inspected. We recommend inspections are carried out annually to ensure any problems are detected quickly.
- If your ageing sprinkler tank is suitable for relining or refurbishment.
- Your independent inspection does not involve the draining of your sprinkler tank. As well as disabling the water supply to your sprinkler heads, it could impact your insurance. Make sure any inspection is carried out underwater with high-tech equipment that can guarantee the most accurate results.
- If you are planning to invest in a sprinkler tank, talk to a sprinkler tank expert first. Ensure you are offered a comprehensive, free site survey. Make sure the tank you buy is suitable for its environment and your sprinkler system.
As a sprinkler tank expert, we know the value of sprinkler systems. They provide a robust safety net and almost always limit the amount of damage caused by a fire. They give occupants of a building more time to evacuate and save lives.
We believe in sprinkler systems and we hope you do too. 2018 was an unprecedented year of growth for the sprinkler industry. We have been here, working alongside partners, to deliver water storage solutions that enhance the performance of fire safety equipment.
For more information, contact the sprinkler tank expert – Nationwide Water Solutions.
Sprinkler tank specialist Nationwide Water Solutions takes a look at the fire safety lessons learned in 2018. If your business or organisation is reviewing fire safety, today’s blog post will highlight the issues that raised concerns this year. They are worth bearing in mind as the year draws to a close and a new one beckons.
Government fails on sprinkler cash
One of the biggest fire safety lessons learned… Many local authorities and social housing providers were left wanting after asking the government to stump up cash towards sprinkler schemes. In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, officials appeared to suggest money would be available for retrofitting schemes. The good news was that many of those whose applications were turned down funded the projects themselves. This indicates that responsible landlords and building owners will need to budget for sprinkler installation and ongoing maintenance in the future.
Danger of mixed use buildings highlighted
The number of fires that started in commercial or industrial premises and then spread to residential dwellings was marked. Nationwide Water Solutions highlighted a number of these during the year, including one which started in a fish and chip shop and spread to flats on upper floors. Fires of this nature illustrate the importance of robust fire safety measures in commercial premises that share bricks and mortar with residents.
Out of hours workshop fires
Serious workshop fires had a significant impact on businesses this year. Many started during the night or at weekends, when nobody was around to raise the alarm quickly. This meant that fires had taken hold by the time emergency services arrived on the scene. These cases highlight the need for sprinklers in workshops. One of the many fire safety lessons learned in 2018.
Increased awareness of sprinkler tank benefits
During the year, it became clear that there is increased awareness about the benefits of including a sprinkler tank in an automatic sprinkler system scheme. We hope we have played a part in this, regularly updating multiple sectors about why a sprinkler tank can make a difference.
If you missed our blog posts this year, we will recap:
- Water on standby to fight a fire 24/7
- Enough water immediately available to suppress a fire
- Greater chance of early containment
- Good solution for properties where low water pressure is an issue
- More time for a building’s occupants to safely evacuate
- Better loss prevention
Want to know more about sprinkler tanks? Talk to the UK’s leading sprinkler tank specialist, Nationwide Water Solutions. Services include:
- Sprinkler tank supply
- Independent inspections
- Free site visits
Find out more at Nationwide Water Solutions.
Tower blocks in Luton are the latest to get sprinkler systems. Two high-rise buildings are receiving the additional fire safety equipment. It is part of a £4.5m round of improvements. Tower blocks set to benefit include Leabank and Penhill flats. Both are located on Luton’s Marsh Farm estate.
Residents have welcomed the investment, saying they feel “safer” and “more protected”. Work started in the summer and is expected to be completed by the end of January. Nationwide Water Solutions, the UK’s market leading sprinkler tank supplier, says the the project will significantly improve safety for tenants.
Mist sprinkler system
A spokesman for Nationwide Water Solutions said: “We have been following the progress of fire safety work around the country following the devastating loss of life at Grenfell. In this case, Luton Borough Council has supported investment in mist sprinkler systems.”
The improvement work also includes the installation of CCTV and security lighting.
Work started in August and should be completed by February, covering 14 floors. Abdul Kahir, is housing asset manager for the council. He told the press: “It is about making sure that people living in high-rises are given assurances they are safe. We are a forward-thinking organisation and have invested quite a lot of money over the years to improve our properties.”
Nationwide Water Solutions
Are you planning to invest in an automatic sprinkler system? If you aim to use s sprinkler tank to store water to fight a fire, contact Nationwide Water Solutions. It carries out free, in-depth site visits across the UK and offers invaluable advice. Its services include the supply and installation of fire tanks.
Services for those with existing tanks include annual inspections, refurbishment and repairs. For further information or to book a site visit, go to Nationwide Water Solutions. The company is also available to offer free technical advice.
Christmas should be a time of celebration. It is the season to be jolly; a perfect excuse for families to come together and enjoy themselves. Sadly, Christmas is often far from a happy occasion – because of a fire. The risks of fire can increase over the festive period.
Nationwide Water Solutions, the UK’s top sprinkler tank specialist, says: “Unfortunately, lives are often lost at this time of year. Fires in the home, in particular, are a threat. The loss of a loved one is devastating at any time of the year but a death at Christmas often leads to years of unhappy – not jolly – festive seasons.
“If you don’t want your thoughts to be focused on a tragedy, take on board our Christmas fire safety advice.”
Top 5 fire safety tips for a happy Christmas
- Don’t leave candles unattended or near fabrics. This includes curtains.
- Check fairy lights and other festive electrical items are in good condition before plugging them in. If you are not sure, don’t risk it. Invest in new items from a reputable source. Christmas trees pose a real danger in the home as well as business premises. Make sure there is nothing on your tree that will set it alight.
- Ensure chimneys are clear of debris. Make sure yours is swept professionally.
- Be careful not to allow a build-up of waste in your home. Discard wrapping paper and cardboard effectively.
Sprinkler tank expert
Beefing up your fire safety? If you are planning to install automatic sprinklers, invest in a sprinkler tank. For a free site survey, visit Nationwide Water Solutions. We cover the whole of the UK and supply and install sprinkler tanks capable of storing up to 2 million litres of water.
The UK’s leading expert on sprinkler tanks says interest in water storage equipment is rising. Nationwide Water Solutions has seen a spike in requests for free site surveys. It says, the rise coincides with ongoing inquiries into the Grenfell tragedy.
Nationwide Water Solutions installs and removes sprinkler tanks for a wide range of public, private, industrial and commercial clients. It also delivers a wide range of repair, maintenance and inspection services. It offers free sites visits and in-depth advice to those considering the benefits of investing in advanced fire safety equipment.
Sprinkler tanks in demand
A spokesman for Nationwide Water Solutions said: “Landlords and businesses, in particular, are recognising the importance of effective fire safety measures. More and more want to benefit from sprinkler tanks, which store water solely for the use of sprinkler systems. Having water set aside to fight a fire offers peace of mind and mitigates problems such as low water pressure.
“We are always happy to discuss the merits of sprinkler tanks, when used in conjunction with modern fire-fighting equipment. One of the best ways to learn more about your needs is to book a free site survey. We carry out this service for free across the UK.”
Nationwide Water Solutions
Based in Yorkshire, Nationwide Water Solutions supplies and installs sprinkler tanks capable of storing from 20,000 litres of water up to 2 million litres. It repairs tanks showing signs of corrosion or wear and also offers a guaranteed refurbishment service.
Existing sprinkler tanks can be inspected with Nationwide Water Solutions’ state-of-the-art equipment. It uses remote controlled vehicles to take camera equipment and ultrasound underwater. This gives a 360 degree view of a tank’s condition, without having to drain it or compromise a sprinkler system.
Book your free site visit by contacting Nationwide Water Solutions here.
Sprinkler systems are important if you want to protect lives and limit material losses in the event of a fire. A sprinkler tank supports fire suppression by supplying a ready flow of water to sprinkler heads. If you are wondering when is the best time to invest in a new sprinkler thank, this blog post will explain.
The most common reasons for investing in a sprinkler tank are outlined below.
New sprinkler system
If you are having a sprinkler system installed for the first time, find out more about the benefits of having a sprinkler tank now. Investing in a sprinkler tank from the start makes good economic sense. It reduces disruption and ensures your sprinkler system has the water it needs to operate effectively from the word go.
Low water pressure is affecting your area
If your building is located in a low pressure water area, talk to Nationwide Water Solutions. It can ensure you always have water stored to fight a fire. Low water pressure can cause problems – not just for sprinkler systems but for the emergency services. If your building is spread over multiple levels, a fire tank is recommended.
Your existing tank is beyond repair
If an independent inspection has deemed your sprinkler tank beyond repair, you need to replace it. Nationwide Water Solutions will remove your old one and install a replacement.
Sprinkler tank: Nationwide Water Solutions
Nationwide Water Solutions is the UK’s leading sprinkler tank expert. It supplies and installs a wide range of water storage tanks. Its repair and refurbishment services include re-lining and take in fire tanks capable of storing up to 2 million litres of water.
With fully trained staff and a commitment to quality workmanship, it is the name to trust when it comes to water storage solutions for sprinklers.
Find out more here.
If an inspection has identified corrosion or weak spots in your sprinkler tank, it is time to get it repaired. Sprinkler tank repair is only possible on vessels that have been identified as suitable. But, if your tank has been recommended for repair, you are lucky. Robust repairs or refurbishment can extend the lifespan of a sprinkler tank for at least a decade. That is peace of mind for the foreseeable future.
The costs and upheaval associated with replacing a sprinkler tank can be daunting. That is why it is good to know that the UK’s leading sprinkler tank supplier also offers a comprehensive range of sprinkler tank repair services. Nationwide Water Solutions provides sprinkler tank re-lining and refurbishment.
What is involved in sprinkler tank repair?
Any type of sprinkler tank repair will require draining and cleaning. It will also necessitate the use of specialist equipment. Scaffolding and ventilation equipment is essential. Before a tank can be re-lined, any problem areas will need to be repaired. The good news is that draining, repairing and re-lining, not to mention the recommissioning of the tank, can usually be completed in around a week.
During repairs, your sprinkler tank will not be operational. However, once complete, you will have a tank that is free of leaks and other common problems. Nationwide Water Solutions repairs both above and underground water tanks. They can be of any shape and store up to two million litres of water.
Concerned about your sprinkler tank?
If your sprinkler tank is showing signs of wear or hasn’t been inspected for a long time, take action. Invest in an independent inspection. Nationwide Water Solutions provides comprehensive sprinkler tank inspection reports, backed up with stills from underwater film footage.
For further information about all of the expert services offered by Nationwide Water Solutions, visit the company’s website today.
Buildings with storage areas need protecting with modern fire safety equipment, a sprinkler tank specialist has warned. Nationwide Water Solutions said spaces or buildings used for storage pose a risk. That is because of the the amount of cardboard and other combustible materials they contain. Losses in storage room fires can also be high, if a fire is not detected in time.
A spokesman said: “If you own a building that stores goods, you need to consider the benefits of installing a sprinkler system and a sprinkler tank. Not only will this type of equipment keep your insurers happy, it will boost loss prevention strategies and prevent the rapid spread of fire.”
Sprinkler tank specialist offers advice
Nationwide Water Solutions offers businesses and property owners free advice on water storage solutions. It travels the UK carrying out complete free site surveys which are followed up with detailed reports. A sprinkler tank is a water storage system linked to sprinklers. It holds water for the sole purpose of fighting a fire.
Fires in storage areas and shops are not uncommon. Today (November 30) a blaze was discovered in a store at a shopping centre in Lowestoft. The fire was detected at 8.15am. It necessitated breathing apparatuses and a hose reel.
Nationwide Water Solutions
Nationwide Water Solutions is the UK sprinkler tank specialist dedicated to improving the supply of water to the point of fires. It says, detecting a fire quickly and delivering the right amount of water is crucial to containment. As well as saving lives, the combined use of sprinklers and a sprinkler tank can limit fire damage.
In addition to supplying and installing sprinkler tanks, the company provides a wide range of maintenance and repair services. For further information about sprinkler tanks, sprinkler tank repairs and sprinkler tank relining, visit Nationwide Water Solutions.
The single biggest cause of fires in the UK is arson. This shocking fact is backed up by compelling statistics. Sprinkler tank specialist Nationwide Water Solutions says businesses and homeowners need to do more to combat arson. The cost of arson on commercial and residential premises in England and Wales hit £1.2 billion in 2015.
A spokesman for Nationwide Water Solutions said: “Figures released by the Association of British Insurers shows that the average claim for a commercial fire was £25,544 in 2015 – a rise of 165.4 per cent in just over a decade. At the same time, the cost of domestic fires rose by 205.8 per cent.”
Sprinkler tank specialist outlines risks
The spokesman said official figures show that 21,961 arson attacks were reported in England and Wales during the same year. The crimes resulted in just 1,242 successful prosecutions. Forty-seven per cent of all fires attended by the emergency services were deliberately started.
“We urge businesses, landlords and homeowners to consider arson a real risk. During 2015, 47 people died after fires were started deliberately. That is a shocking figure. More needs to be done to ensure the integrity of fire-fighting equipment.”
The sprinkler tank specialist says robust fire safety measures are needed to preserve life and limit losses. It is reminding property owners about the benefits of installing sprinklers and water storage equipment. Sprinklers help to contain fires, giving occupants of a building more time to escape.
Invest in sprinklers and a sprinkler tank
Nationwide Water Solutions carries out free site survey across the UK. It assesses sites with a view to providing bespoke water storage solutions for sprinkler systems. The Rochdale-based company supplies and installs sprinkler tanks, which hold water for the specific purpose of fighting fires.
It also provides tank inspection services and a range of maintenance and repair options. For further information about the full range of services offered by Nationwide Water Solutions, visit the website.
Over the past year, you may have noticed us recording sprinkler projects in high-rise tower blocks. As a sprinkler tank specialist, we like to stay up to date with projects. Up and down the country, it seems, landlords are doing their bit to improve fire safety following the Grenfell tragedy. So you may be surprised to learn that just 4 per cent of council-owned tower blocks in London have the life-saving equipment.
According to research, undertaken by Labour and shared with the BBC, only 32 of the capital city’s 837 council-owned buildings above 30 metres have sprinklers. Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones is now calling on the government to set up a “fire safety fund” to help councils. You may recall reading stories on this blog where government cash towards sprinkler schemes was refused.
Necessary steps ‘taken’ for tower blocks
While Housing Minister Kit Malthouse claims the government has done what is required when it comes to fire safety in high rise buildings, many don’t agree – including councils. Some have pledged to spend in excess of £10m to ensure their tower block tenants get the protection they need.
A coroner recommended councils should consider retrofit sprinklers in existing high-rise residential buildings back in 2009 – before the fire at Grenfell Tower. The government is likely to be reminded of that when the fund is mooted.
Sprinklers and a sprinkler tank for robust fire safety
Nationwide Water Solutions, the UK’s foremost sprinkler tank expert, says it is surprised so many tower blocks in London are still without sprinkler systems. A spokesman said: “We are here, ready to assist councils when they consider the importance of water storage for sprinklers. For any council considering retro-fitting sprinkler systems, we offer completely free site surveys.”
If you represent a council keen to invest in fire safety, contact Nationwide Water Solutions. Find out more by visiting the company’s website.