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Approved Sprinkler Tank: What Does That Mean?

The sprinkler tank performs a vital role in fire safety. While often installed to meet building regulations, it forms a pivotal part of an automatic sprinkler system. However, every fire tank installed in the UK must meet approved sprinkler tank standards.

So, what does ‘approved’ sprinkler tank mean? All sprinkler tanks should be approved by the LPCB. That is the Loss Prevention Certification Board. The LPCB has been working with the fire safety industry and the Government for more than a century. It is the body that sets the standards for fire and security products and services. Its overall goal is to ensure they perform effectively.

LPCB listed tanks have to meet the manufacturing and test standard LPS 1276. They also have to meet the requirements for BE EN 12845:2009.


Invest in an approved sprinkler tank

An approved sprinkler tank is supplied with a 10-year guarantee. As well as meeting tough manufacturing tests, approved sprinkler tanks have to meet a raft of other requirements. For example, they have to meet standards set down for life safety systems.

If you invest in an approved sprinkler tank, you will have to maintain it. At Nationwide Water Solutions, we provide the full range of sprinkler tank services. We supply and install sprinklers tanks. We also repair and maintain existing fire tanks.

Importantly, our service includes independent inspections. We use hi-tech underwater camera equipment to survey the inside of tanks. This means a sprinkler tank does not have to be drained for the inspection process. It ensures a sprinkler system remains fully operational.


Find out more

Nationwide Water Solutions provides sprinkler tank services across the UK. It works with a wide range of tank types and in all sizes. Whatever the capacity or your sprinkler tank or tanks, it can help your system remain compliant and primed to fight a fire.

For further information, visit our website or call 0345 505 2540.

What A Sprinkler Tank Can Do For An Historic Building

So, what can a sprinkler tank do for an historic building? The loss of an iconic landmark to fire can have far-reaching consequences. The devastating blaze that gutted Brazil’s National Museum is a good example. People gathered in the street to mourn its loss, openly crying. That sense of loss quickly turned to anger.

They blame lack of funding for the catastrophe. The Rio de Janeiro museum housed one of the biggest natural history collections in the world. Brazilians believe, for that reason, it should have benefitted from better loss prevention measures. Among its exhibits were the 12,000-year-old remains of a woman known as “Luzia” – the oldest discovered in Latin America.


Fire risks ignored, experts claim

According to media reports, the museum was in a ‘dilapidated state’. Experts had warned the historic building was at serious risk of fire. The museum director has since stressed “Luzia is a priceless loss for everyone interested in civilization”.

The blaze, which was discovered on Sunday evening, gutted the former royal palace building. The cause is not yet known. Fire safety experts say a sprinkler tank connected to an automatic sprinkler system could have contained the fire and stopped it from spreading. It is reported that the first firefighters on the scene had no ladders and no water.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Invest in a sprinkler tank

If you own or manage an historic building or premises that house irreplaceable artefacts, invest in a sprinkler tank. Used in conjunction with an automatic sprinkler system it can limit damage, save lives and protect irreplaceable valuables. Water will always be availabe to start tackling a blaze immediately.

Want to know more? Contact Nationwide Water Solutions, the UK’s leading independent sprinkler tank expert. It provides the full range of sprinkler tank services, including inspections, maintenance and repairs. We supply and install a range of sprinkler tanks.

For further information, visit the website.

Importance of GRP Fire Suppression Tanks for Businesses

Austerity, uncertainties over Brexit and low confidence have all hit UK businesses. A fire could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. In fact, more than 80 per cent of businesses affected by a fire go on to fail. That is why we are highlighting the importance of GRP fire suppression tanks for businesses.

Financial strains on businesses of all sizes means their eye has been taken off loss prevention. But strategies to protect physical assets should be increased, not decreased, during difficult trading periods. This is because the risks associated with the loss of property and goods – not to mention the potential loss of life – will have a greater impact on an already struggling business.


GRP fire suppression tanks explained

GRP fire suppression tanks, or sprinkler tanks, ensure water is always available to fight a fire. They prevent the spread of fire by containing it. Many people who benefit from a fire suppression tank liken it to having their own firefighter on duty 24/7.

Automatic sprinkler systems are considered the gold standard in fire safety equipment. If you own a warehouse, factory, apartment block or shopping centre, you need sprinklers. They will protect your financial investment as well as giving you – and others – peace of mind. We recommend a fire suppression tank if you own a building that is not staffed around the clock. A fire left undetected will spread and cause devastating damage.


Nationwide Water Solutions

A GRP fire suppression tank gets to work immediately. The moment a fire is detected, and sprinklers are activated, it pumps water to the point of a fire. Nationwide Water Solutions is the UK’s leading independent fire suppression tank expert. It supplies and installers sprinkler tanks – and offers a wide range of complementary services.

Operating across the country, it is driving up standards and reducing risks to businesses. If you are worried that austerity has forced you to overlook fire safety essentials, talk to Nationwide Water Solutions Limited. If your business premises already has a sprinkler tanks, it can inspect it and ensure you are aware of its condition.

Discover more about GPR fire suppression tanks by visiting the website.

Why Manufacturing Businesses Need a Sprinkler Tank

Large manufacturing plants need to adopt rigorous fire safety plans. Automatic sprinkler systems are a no-brainer. So too is a sprinkler tank. Fire in industrial and manufacturing premises are on the rise. What is your business doing to reduce risks and increase loss prevention measures?

As the UK’s leading sprinkler tank expert, we work with partners across a range of sectors. Increasingly, our customers are coming from the manufacturing and industrial landscape. This is because they have recognised the need to ensure water is available in the right quantities to fight a fire immediately.


The sprinkler tank and loss prevention in manufacturing

Manufacturing businesses often invest huge sums of money in machinery. They also store huge stocks. A fire can disrupt a business to the point of its demise. Safeguarding premises from a catastrophic blaze is paramount to the future of a business.

A sprinkler tank delivers the right amount of water to the point of a fire. It helps to suppress the flames and stop a fire from spreading. This is paramount in a building that may not be operational around the clock or operates graveyard shifts. The vast majority of fires in industrial premises happen at night or weekends, when a building may not be fully staffed. This means a fire is likely to have taken hold before it can be properly tackled. Automatic sprinklers and a sprinkler tank can mean the difference between a minor and major incident.


Meet the sprinkler tank experts

Nationwide Water Solutions is the UK’s leading independent sprinkler tank expert. It works with manufacturing and industrial businesses to provide the gold standard in fire safety. This is a business that covers the whole of the UK. It provides free site surveys and technical advice to ensure you get your firefighting strategy exactly right.

As well as supplying and installing sprinkler tanks, Nationwide Water Solutions maintains and repairs existing equipment. Its independent sprinkler tank inspections help businesses and public bodies ensure their water storage facilities are fit for purpose.

For further information, visit Nationwide Water Solutions.

3 Things A Sprinkler Tank Inspection Will Tell You

Automatic sprinkler systems are a must have if you own a high-risk building. Think of industrial premises, warehousing, high-rise apartment blocks, hospitals, schools and care homes. But installing an automatic sprinkler system is just one part of the job. Every component needs to be maintained to ensure it is ready to fight fire in an emergency. A sprinkler tank inspection should be a priority.

Without a ready supply of water, a sprinkler system cannot supress fires. That is why sprinkler tanks must be properly maintained. A pivotal part of that maintenance is regular inspections. Sprinkler tanks should be surveyed by an independent professional at least once a year.

What will a sprinkler tank inspection tell you?


Corrosion and leaks detected

A good sprinkler tank inspection company will use underwater camera equipment to check the condition of your tank. Importantly, it will be able to record any corrosion or minor leaks. Once these defects have been detected, they can be put right. Visit Nationwide Water Solutions Limited to book an inspection.


Solutions suggested

A thorough sprinkler tank inspection should be followed up with a comprehensive written report. Photographic evidence of any problems should also be supplied. If a tank is found to be damaged or displaying signs of wear, you may not have to replace it. New liners can significantly extend the life of a sprinkler tank and come with excellent guarantees. Find out more about sprinkler tank lining here.


Beyond repair?

If your sprinkler tank is significantly damaged, it must be replaced. Nationwide Water Solutions Limited supplies and installs a wide range of sprinkler tanks. With an in-house design team, it can install tanks of any shape or size. Find out more here.

Sprinkler tanks save lives. They supress fires, giving people more time to evacuate a building. They also significantly reduce damage and loss. That is why an automatic sprinkler system with a sprinkler tank should form part of your loss prevention strategy.

Businesses homeless after major fire

A former mill used as a hub for small businesses is to be demolished after being severely damaged by fire. Tameside Council has taken the decision to demolish the building after safety reports indicated the ruins of the building are not safe. The mill, in Greater Manchester, was left “structurally unsound” following a blaze at the weekend.


Ray Mill, in Stalybridge, was reported to be on fire shortly before midnight on Saturday. Firefighters were still at the scene on Monday morning.


Mill fire leaves building ‘unsafe’

Firefighters who arrived at the scene of the blaze were confronted with a building that was well alight. At the height of the fire, it is reported that five storeys of the mill were affected. Because of the condition of the building following the fire, demolition work is to start as soon as possible. The council says, work is expected to take around a week.


While the mill remains unsafe, streets surrounding the building are to remain closed until demolition work is complete. Tame Street and Clarence Street are among the no-go areas.


Public services affected by blaze

Because of its close proximity to public services, the blaze was likely to lead to some disruption to gritting and waste disposal services. A nearby bus depot was the scene of an evacuation of vehicles during the major incident, with 80 buses being removed to a place of safety. The council said the buses had to be removed to safeguard public transport.


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze. Ray Mill housed around 15 small businesses, with many of them losing everything.


Retrofit sprinklers

Is your business concerned about the impact of fire? Are you considering retrofitting sprinklers? Talk to Nationwide Water Solutions, the UK’s leading sprinkler tank service. It supplies, installs and maintains sprinkler tanks, ensuring water is always on standby in the event of a blaze.




Benefits of Sprinkler Tanks Explained

Automatic sprinkler systems are on immediate standby 24/7 to fight a fire. A sprinkler tank supplies instant water to the location of a blaze – starting to fight a fire the second it is detected. But the benefits of sprinkler tanks are numerous. There are lots more, as this article will explain.

If you are considering retrofitting a sprinkler system, or installing one in a new building, these facts will help.


Sprinkler tanks save water

It’s true. The quantity of water used to fight a fire is measurable less if your premises has a well-maintained sprinkler tank. It will use between 0.02% and 17% of the quantity that would be used if sprinklers were not installed.

Not only that, sprinklers reduce fire carbon emissions by up to 21.6 per cent. The estimated net carbon benefit of sprinklers over the three-decade lifespan of a building that is more than 5,000 – 10,000m2.


Other benefits of fire tanks

Along with other safety measures, sprinklers can allow a building to be used for purposes other than those they were originally built for. Sprinkler also double the size of a fire compartment. With arson on the increase, sprinklers provide protection around the clock – at night and on public holidays. This means a fire is detected and dealt with even if nobody is around. This reduced damage and takes care of loss prevention.

Insurance discounts for buildings with sprinkler systems can be as much as 30 to 40 per cent.


Reducing the burden on the public purse

As well as saving lives and protecting property, sprinkler reduce the burden on public services. Often fires in properties with sprinkler tanks are out by the time the emergency services arrive on the scene. Unaffected part of the building can be back in use in no time at all.

Want to know more about sprinkler tanks? Contact Nationwide Water Solutions Limited. It provides a UK-wide sprinkler tank installation and maintenance service, including annual inspections.