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Never Drain A Sprinkler Tank For An Inspection

About to drain a sprinkler tank? Draining a sprinkler tank for a routine inspection is something that happened almost back in the Dark Ages. Today, nobody should allow their tank to be drained – unless it is being refurbished or replaced. Here, we ask a director of Nationwide Water Solutions to explain why. The company is the UK’s leading water storage expert for automatic sprinkler systems.

“There are serious risks associated with draining a sprinkler tank,” he explains. “Those risks start with cutting off the water supply to sprinklers. What would happen if a fire broke out? Another risk is the potential impact on insurance. Having a sprinkler system out of operation for any length of time should be reported to your insurer. It could be that you have benefited from reduced premiums because of the high standard of your fire-fighting equipment.”


Don’t drain a sprinkler tank

Another consequence of draining a sprinkler tank is loss of water. Not only is this bad for the environment, you will literally be pouring money down the drain, says Nationwide Water Solutions. The spokesman explained: “Water conservation is important. Draining a sprinkler tank for no valid reason is a waste of a precious resource and replacing it will add to your costs.

“We advise businesses with a fire tank not to have it drained for inspections. Advanced technology now means it is possible to get highly accurate information about the internal condition of a tank while the water is still in-situ. We are among the companies offering underwater inspections. We are able to do this because we have invested in sophisticated ultrasound and camera technology that scans every inch of a tank from under the water. We used ROV equipment to take the imaging technology everywhere it has to go.”


Expert fire tank inspection service

Nationwide Water Solutions inspects any size of sprinkler tank, anywhere in the country. It provides detailed written reports, backed up with photographic evidence.

If your sprinkler tank hasn’t been inspected for a while, ensure you call in and expert and get the job done thoroughly. Don’t be tempted to drain the tank and inspect it yourself. It could cost you a lot more than water.

To book an inspection, contact Nationwide Water Solution.



Fire Tank Services for Retirement Complexes

As a major fire in Crewe devastated a retirement complex, fire tank services companies were warning property owners to consider water storage facilities. More than 150 people were evacuated as firefighters battled to save the building. Part of it has said to have collapsed and residents have been moved into temporary accommodation or a crisis centre.

Fire chiefs said their priority was to save neighbouring buildings as the blaze consumed the building. Just nine years old, the development comprised one and two bedroom flats. Some of the residents have lost everything in the fire and the public have set up collection points for donations to help those who have been left with just the clothes they were wearing.


Fire tank services and protecting the vulnerable

Nationwide Water Solutions, the UK’s leading name in fire tank services, says developers looking to build retirement complexes should carefully consider site layouts, positioning of lifts and the installation of automatic sprinklers. A spokesman said: “This was a really big fire and people’s lives have been devastated. At this stage, we don’t know if the building was equipped with automatic sprinklers, so we cannot comment on the specifics of this fire. However, we urge all building owners with elderly or vulnerable residents to invest in modern fire fighting equipment – including a fire tank, so water is immediately available for sprinkler systems at all levels.

“Retirement complexes are a popular accommodation choice for the retired. The climate since the complex in Crewe was built has changed. We have had the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower and newer building owners should be clued up on how a small fire in one section of a building can quickly spread.”


More information about fire tank services

Nationwide Water Solutions provides fire tank services across the UK. It installs, maintains and refurbishes tanks used to store water for sprinkler systems. For further information, visit Nationwide Water Solutions.

How A Sprinkler Tank Protects Agricultural Buildings

The rural idyll is not always what it seems. Remote buildings are often not connected to mains services. They can be miles away from the nearest water source, leaving them particularly vulnerable if a fire breaks out. Agricultural buildings, which may house machinery, animal feed or livestock, are subject to building regulations. This is where a sprinkler tank comes in.

If there is no piped water on site, building owners are required to take action. Firefighters may need access to additional water in the event of an emergency. Farmers and agricultural building owners are therefore obliged to have a charged static water tank of at least 45,000 litres capacity.

You may think having a pond or stream nearby would mitigate this need. However, it too needs to hold 45,000 litres of water – all year round. Not only that, easy access and a hard standing is required. This is to allow a fire appliance to easily access the water.


Safeguarding agricultural buildings

If you own agricultural buildings, a static water or sprinkler tank will give you peace of mind. Farm machinery is not cheap, and the loss of livestock and crops can ruin a business. Serious barn fires are, thankfully, rare. But, when they do occur, having water on site makes it much easier to tackle.

Nationwide Water Solutions supplies and installs sprinkler tanks across the UK. Its tanks can be custom made and are available in a range of materials – from galvanised steel to concrete – as well as different shapes and sizes. They are suitable for above or below ground. As well as supplying sprinkler tanks, Nationwide Water Solutions offers a wide range of maintenance, repair and refurbishment services. It is one of the most experience fire tank experts in the UK. So, if you already have a fire tank, they are good people to call if you get a problem.


Nationwide Water Solutions

For further information visit Nationwide Water Solution’s website. It outlines all the services available, including annual independent inspections. Free site visits can be arranged for those who need expert advice about the siting and type of tank required.

Four Building Types That Need A Fire Tank

If you are a regular visitor to our blog, you will know that we focus on fire safety issues. Over the past year, fire safety equipment has been in demand. Building owners are heeding the public’s concerns over safety. In today’s blog post, we will be looking at the four building types that need a fire tank.

If you are wondering what a fire tank is, we will explain. Also known as a sprinkler tank, it stores water solely to fight fires. Water is ready to fight a blaze in an emergency. The fire tank releases water to sprinkler heads. In the case of modern automatic sprinklers, only the area affected by fire will receive the water.

Here are the top four building types that need a fire tank…


1. High-rise tower blocks

While the installation of a sprinkler system is currently not compulsory, it soon could be. Recommendations following the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower include sprinklers for new buildings over 18 metres. It could be that existing buildings will have to be retro-fitted with sprinklers. If you own a high-rise building, don’t wait for the law to change. Think about installing a fire tank and automatic sprinkler system now.


2. Care homes

Elderly people are among the most vulnerable in society. Care homes could one day be forced to have sprinkler systems. That is because mobility problems make it difficult for older people to evacuate a building quickly. A fire tank supplies water to sprinklers, giving care homes more time to get residents out of a burning building.


3. New schools

There is growing consensus that all new schools should be fitted with sprinkler systems and fire tanks. This is to reduce the cost of arson and accidental fires on the public purse, and to improve the safety of children.


4. Warehousing

Loss prevention measures should include a fire tank and sprinklers.

For further information about fire tanks, visit Nationwide Water Solutions Limited.

Safeguarding the Integrity of Sprinkler Tanks

Because sprinkler tanks play a vital role in life preservation and loss prevention, they must be maintained. However, a leak or corrosion does not necessarily mean a tank needs replacing. In fact, Nationwide Water Solutions offers a range of repair and refurbishment options. They protect the integrity of a sprinkler system and remove the cost and hassle associated with sprinkler tank replacement.

Sprinkler tanks can only be refurbished and repaired if they are deemed suitable following an inspection. Such inspections should be carried out at least annually by a trained professional. Full written reports with photographic evidence, illustrating the condition of a tank, should be supplied following an inspection.


Sprinkler tanks: case study


Nationwide Water Solutions was asked to inspect a sprinkler tank at Manchester plastics recycling company Axion Polymers Ltd. The aim was to assess the tank’s condition and to gauge if refurbishment was an option. Upon inspection, it was found that the existing tank had split in various locations around the water line. A number of perforations were also found around the base of the tank. As a result of the inspection findings, Nationwide Water Solutions recommended an internal refurbishment and strengthening of the tank around the water line.

A company spokesman explained: “We installed a new low level access hatch to provide safe access. We then erected mobile scaffolding so our engineers could drill and rivet fourteen galvanised steel strips around the sprinkler tanks top panels. This procedure strengthened the tank around the waterline. It also improved aesthetic appeal of the tank.

“We applied fibreglass matting and resin to the damaged areas inside the sprinkler tank. All the other perforations were then repaired. One the integrity of the tank was sound, we applied a three-coat epoxy system to the tank’s walls and made some minor repairs to roofing sheets.”


Extending the life of sprinkler tanks


By monitoring wear and tear on a sprinkler tank, remedial action can be taken to significantly extend its life. To find out more about repair and refurbishment of sprinkler tanks, visit Nationwide Water Solutions.