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Will A Sprinkler Tank Reduce Insurance Premiums?

Installing and maintaining a sprinkler tank has far more benefits than simply reducing fire risks in commercial and municipal buildings. Leading insurers can offer premium reductions of up to 50 per cent to those with effective sprinklers. The average premium is reduced by between 10 to 15 per cent. In recent years, these savings have been a key driver in the growth in sprinkler system installation.

In the UK, where most buildings are still not required by law to have sprinklers, the onus has been put on building owners to make the right call. While some systems, particularly in multi-storey social housing, have been retrofitted, many have been included in architectural plans for new buildings. Experts say including sprinklers and separate water storage saves more money and also offers up additional flexibility with building design.

Insurers have been quick to point out that misconceptions about how sprinkler systems work have, in the past, been a stumbling block. Together with fire and rescue services, they have championed the fact that sprinkler heads work individually – not all at once. This fact drives home the message that sprinkler systems reduce not just fire but water damage too.

 

Who can benefit from insurance premium reductions?

While any building that benefits from modern fire safety equipment can expect to lower premiums, those with high-quality sprinkler systems with a sprinkler tank stand to gain the most. However, such systems will need to meet criteria set out by insurance companies and, to remain valid, must be properly maintained. This has implications for those in a wide range of sectors. Installing a system is not the end of the matter. Protocols should be put in place to manage the maintenance of systems.

Specialist insurers are currently targeting new build schools, among others. They are advocating the inclusion of sprinklers at the earliest stage of planning. As well as pointing out the obvious safety benefits, they are explaining how sprinklers minimise disruption and significantly reduce material losses. In the case of an education establishment, this can mean the retention of equipment and coursework.

Whatever the use of a building, its fire safety features must be properly represented in insurance details. To benefit from maximum premium reductions, the insured should:

  • Demonstrate it has installed a quality sprinkler system. A survey report may be required for this
  • Clearly show how the system is being maintained and by whom
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Modern fire prevention equipment can reduce insurance premiums.

How a sprinkler tank manages spiralling insurance costs

Insuring a commercial building can cost a small fortune these days – particularly if it is vulnerable because of a lack of safety features. So, in the long run, sprinklers with their own water supply in the form of a sprinkler tank storage unit will pay for themselves. The stumbling block is often the initial outlay – and convincing building owners to invest in robust maintenance and repair solutions.

Many don’t realise that a single investment in a dedicated water supply can last for decades. Even after corrosion has set in or weaknesses start to emerge in the structure, remedial work can often be carried out. Not only is sprinkler tank refurbishment cost-effective, it significantly extends the life of a tank.

A sprinkler tank will ensure that water is always in system pipes. Insurers like this. It means wet systems never run the risk of being dry when an emergency occurs. The tank also tackles the issue of water pressure to ensure sprinklers can be effectively operated at any level in a building. While some sprinkler systems run off mains, they require additional equipment to guarantee they can properly serve an entire building.

You should consider installing a high-quality sprinkler system to reduce costs if:

  • Your building is vulnerable to fire
  • Your property is in public ownership
  • You cannot afford any disruption
  • A building stores high value equipment or goods
  • You want to provide trusted life-saving equipment that will support robust evacuation plans

It is worth noting that the most common small fires are often extinguished by a single sprinkler head. So, in terms of containment, a decent sprinkler system and water storage tank should make good sense to a building manager. If a fire is contained almost immediately, a building will only be out of use for a very short period of time – while the necessary safety checks are made.

 

Finding out more information

If you want to benefit from reduced insurance premiums, shop around for the best sprinkler tank installation and maintenance quotes. It should be remembered that worn components and lack of maintenance are among the leading causes of sprinkler system failures. Look for specialists who will first offer a free site survey. Ask how often they recommend independent inspections and check that they use technology designed to be used under water.

Keeping a lid on insurance costs and reducing the risks of fire damage should be part of your business strategy. Failing to take advantage of sprinklers will only add to your annual outlay and increase the chances of significant damage and / or injury in the event of a fire.

If you already have a sprinkler tank and have not had it inspected by an independent expert for some time, don’t wait. And never let an unqualified or incompetent person tamper with or attempt to carry out repairs. A recognised proportion of system failures are caused by manual intervention.

A specialist will accurately calculate the capacity of the tank required, taking into account the specifics of your site.

A one-off outlay today could save you money for many years. Not only that, investment in a modern sprinkler system with its own water storage capability will significantly enhance your fire safety. Prevention is always better than the cure, as they say – and there has never been a better time to improve your building’s safety features.

Tired of paying too much for building insurance? Know that your fire protection equipment could do with updating? What are you waiting for?
For further information about the benefits of sprinkler tanks, contact us or browse the many informative features on our accessible website.

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What Is The Best Fire Suppression System?

Effective fire suppression saves lives and preserves property. It slows down the spread of fire in order to contain it. This has obvious benefits for evacuation plans and the preservation of material assets. Commonly used in commercial buildings, sprinklers are now a recommended safety system for tower blocks, industrial premises, care homes and municipal facilities.

Fire and rescue services in the UK are advocating the use of sprinklers, saying they save lives. The systems are also a recognised benefit for businesses – with many impacted by fire never fully recovering. This morning, it has been reported that a family business in Scotland has been devastated by a fire caused by an electrical fault. Up to £20,000 worth of stock has been reportedly damaged. A significant proportion of the premises sustained smoke damage.

In this case, there was no obligation on the business owner to have sprinklers installed. However, some types of businesses are required to follow strict health and safety guidelines to reduce the risks. The Yorkshire Post has reported today that a chemical company has been fined £14,000 following a blaze. In 2016, a warehouse owned by the business was destroyed. The blaze broke out after an employee accidentally dropped a can of highly flammable liquid.

It is widely accepted that modern fire-fighting equipment limits damage. In turn, it minimises disruption to business premises and protects jobs. So, if you are looking for a fire suppression system that works automatically, sprinklers are the best option. Traditional equipment has included simple fire extinguishers.

Maintaining a constant water supply

While a sprinkler system can run off mains water, this is not recommended for large properties or those constructed on multiple levels. In addition to issues with water pressure, there is a need to ensure enough water is instantly available to douse the seat of a blaze for robust fire suppression. Because of this, a sprinkler tank is recommended.

Also known as a fire tank, the storage container ensures water is always available – in the right quantity – around the clock. It means a building is protected day and night and even when it is not occupied. This type of water tank is only installed by specialists. Cost-effective, a sprinkler tank can last for many, many years if properly maintained.

During the tank’s lifetime, it will require regular inspections. Independent checks are recommended. An expert will carry out a thorough examination of the tank’s walls and components using underwater survey equipment. This is often referred to as an ROV inspection.

As the tank ages, it may require remedial works. This can include refurbishment or lining. A professional inspection will set out the recommended options.

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Common causes of fire can lead to devastating damage and the potential loss of life.

Fire suppression, tower blocks and causes of fires

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, pressure was put on social housing providers to retro-fit sprinkler systems. While many have benefitted from the safety equipment, others are still waiting. The stumbling block has proved to be the initial outlay. A council in London recently lost a bid to force leaseholders in its tower blocks to pay for the work. It has wanted payment from those in building of 10 storeys or more. It has been reported that, had a court ruling been in favour of the council, the work would have been carried out and leaseholders made to pay through service charges.

Elsewhere, a fire and rescue authority recently gave £200,000 towards one tower block project from its Safer Stronger Communities Reserve Fund. With fire authorities championing the use of sprinklers, the message is clear: they save lives and protect property. Experts say they often extinguish a fire completely. In many cases, a blaze is already out or under control by the time the emergency services arrive on the scene.

Usually, it is the responsibility of the property owner or landlord to ensure fire suppression systems are fit for purpose.

You can never tell how a fire will start. Earlier this week, two people handed themselves into police after sky lanterns fell into a German zoo and killed dozens of animals. The lanterns in question were illegal and are said to have burned animals alive. Meanwhile, a former Holiday Inn at Walsall has been demolished after being devastated by a fire that started in a sauna last summer. West Midlands Fire Service has confirmed no sprinklers were installed. A review is to examine how the fire was able to engulf the entire hotel.

Protecting your building from fire

If you are concerned about safety and want to invest in the best fire suppression system, choose sprinklers. As well as offering a long-term solution, they can be fitted in any type of building. Compared to the cost of fire damage, they are economical. Option for a system with its own water supply. You can find out more about the benefits of sprinkler tanks from a specialist. He or she will talk you through the basics and a good contractor will offer to carry out a free site survey.

Having a sound fire safety system in place significantly reduces the risk of death. It will also minimise the chances of injuries and keep damage to a minimum. Modern fire suppression systems are all about containing fire.

If you want to find out more about sprinkler systems and fire tanks, contact an expert today. Don’t wait for disaster to strike. You may not have a property left to protect.

As dozens of fires burn out of control across Australia, the sheer devastation that can be caused is being realised by property owners around the world. The unpredictability of fire, coupled with the difficulty in tacking serious fires, seems to have struck a chord. In places like the UK, where wild fires on this scale just don’t happen, people have been quick to recognise the very real danger that fire poses.

Whether you run a business, are a landlord or simply want to better protect your assets, invest in a sprinkler system and fire tank. You will put your mind at rest, may benefit from reduced insurance premiums and give people confidence in the safety of your building.

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Fire Sprinkler Water Storage For Landlords

The Christmas period has been marred by tragedy, making this feature about fire sprinkler water storage for landlords timely. A fire claimed a life on Christmas Day and yesterday (Boxing Day) a second fatality was reported in a separate incident. Below, you will discover some of the penalties handed down to landlords who fail to take safety seriously. To highlight the point that fires can happen anywhere, at anytime, here is some information about recent incidents.

Emergency services reported a man had died in the Normanton area of Derby on Boxing Day. Fire crews had been called to a property at 14.10pm. While the cause of the blaze is not yet known, police are appealing for dashcam and CCTV footage of the area. They are interested in seeing images taken between 11am and 1.45pm. Meanwhile, a non-fatal fire, was started on Christmas Day by a 45-year-old tortoise. Essex firefighters say the pet knocked a heat lamp over, sparking the blaze. The creature was rescued.

Today (December 26) a blaze broke out on the 22nd floor of an apartment block in Glasgow. The early morning emergency was reported at around 5am and saw three people treated at the scene and two taken to hospital. In total, five appliances tackled the blaze – the second to be reported in Glasgow this morning.

Also in Scotland, a fire at a ski resort forced the attraction to close on Boxing Day. The Times reported that a blaze the day before badly damaged the resort’s base station and cut off power supplies to accommodation.

 

Fire safety for rented or leased accommodation

Whether you are a buy to let landlord or a commercial property owner, fire safety should be your number one priority. Apart from protecting your assets, a good fire safety system will reduce damage in the event of a fire and save lives. If you invest wisely, you can reduce insurance premiums too. That is why fire sprinkler water storage makes sense, especially for large or complex buildings.

A sprinkler system that benefits from on-site emergency water offers a high level of protection. It negates the need to rely on mains water. If you are looking for an effective way to contain a blaze and stop it from spreading, this is a great investment. Industrial, multi storey and vulnerable buildings can all benefit.

If you are investing in a sprinkler system for the first time, it pays to talk to a sprinkler tank expert about the wide range of economical options. Fire tanks come in a multitude of shapes and sizes and can even be custom-made to fit specific sites. What’s more, they can be fabricated from a variety of different materials – giving you control over your budget.

The best installers are those who provide a free site survey and technical advice, as well as ongoing maintenance and inspection services.

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A sprinkler tank is the most effective ways to ensure your sprinkler system always has enough water in an emergency.

Fire sprinkler water storage

The causes of fire can be unpredictable – like the tortoise knocking over its heat lamp. That is why you should always be prepared for one and have the necessary equipment in place to minimise the impact. Manufacturing, storage and industrial buildings, along with tower blocks and historic structures, are deemed among those most at risk. However, municipalities should also make the right fire safety choices to protect the public purse.

Skimping on basic safety essentials can prove costly. It can also cause untold misery – not just for your tenants or leaseholders but also you. Landlords can face stiff financial penalties for failing to ensure their buildings are safe. One landlord was fined a total of £20,000 after he failed to ensure fire alarms were tested. A blaze broke out in the block of flats, leaving two people trapped.

The fire happened just weeks after the landlord was informed a smoke alarm was not working. The incident occurred in a converted Victorian building, spread over three floors. Luckily, firefighters were able to reach those who were trapped, and no major injuries were reported. However, the courts took a dim view of the landlord’s oversight. He was charged with two matters of failing to comply with fire safety requirements.

In addition to the heavy fine, the landlord was also ordered to pay costs in excess of £1,740.

 

Make fire safety easy

By getting the right advice, you can protect your building and its occupants around the clock. A fire sprinkler water storage tank is the best way to ensure you always have water available to tackle a fire immediately. Your tenants won’t have to wait for the fire brigade to arrive, sprinklers will deliver water automatically to the seat of the fire. As well as being extremely effective, this type of water storage saves vital time.

In fact, an historic building in Hampshire owes its continued existence to a sprinkler system. The Solent Flour Mills in Southampton was heavily smoke logged but avoided major damage. The fire broke out on the second floor of the building. At the time, the company based in the building said a more serious fire would have been catastrophic. A spokesperson said the sprinkler system didn’t just save the building and lives – it saved the business and jobs.

Meanwhile, a care home in Brighton was also saved by sprinklers. An electrical fault caused a fire in an unoccupied resident’s room. However, the alarm was raised in just two minutes. By the time fire crews arrived on the scene, the fire was out. The home’s sprinklers had actually started to work within seconds – something the local fire and rescue service was quick to highlight. A spokesman said the incident demonstrated how sprinklers can reduce fire, heat and smoke damage. He further pointed out that such systems are now more accessible and cost effective, making them suitable for many different types of buildings.

Fire suppression equipment with its own supply of water has been credited with saving a multitude of premises – and lives – from an Asda in Rotherham to a paper mill in Leicester. A school in Gateshead was also saved, along with countless homes. If you want to find out more about the benefits of installation a sprinkler tank, talk to an expert. It costs nothing to get advice and, for a reasonable outlay, you can protect your building and business for many years.

 

 

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Amendment To EN 12845 Sprinkler System Inspections

There has been a change to Clause 21 of EN 12845 in respect of sprinkler system inspections.

An amendment has been passed which clarifies who should be carrying out checks. The amendment removes the requirement for annual inspections to be carried out by third parties. However, the need for the inspection remains and, in an annexe to the change, it is recommended checks are still carried out by a third party. All inspections must be undertaken by a ‘qualified person’.

Clause 21 has been replaced by the following wording: “The sprinkler system shall be periodically inspected by a qualified person at least once a year (see Annex Q). The inspection report shall assess whether the system is in accordance with this standard, with regard but not limited to maintenance, operation and adequacy for the risk involved. A list of deviations shall be issued for action.”

However, the new Annex Q states: “When performing periodic inspection, it is recommended that the system inspections are undertaken by an independent body, e.g. not the system owner, building occupier, system installer (or competing installer) or service and maintenance provider (or competing service and maintenance provider).

“The qualified person is a designated individual, suitably trained, competent through knowledge and practical experience and with the necessary instruction to enable the test and examinations to be carried out.”

In this article, we focus on sprinkler tank inspections only.

Experts say very few property owners and managers with a sprinkler tank, an essential part of many systems, have people with the necessary experience or equipment to carry out a thorough check. In particular, they cite the need for ROV equipment to ensure full checks can be carried out without the need for a tank to be drained.

 

Why ROV inspections?

The Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) is a smart piece of kit. Designed to move around under water, it requires expert control – along with diagnostic equipment to check the condition of a tank’s internal surfaces. Specialists point to their comprehensive benefits, which include the conservation of water. In the grand scheme of sprinkler system inspections, they can help to identify defects before they cause a leak or contamination.

Anyone undertaking such an inspection should know how to attach and operate HD camera and ultrasound equipment. They also need to be able to understand the data they return. In addition, they need to be fully aware of sprinkler tank components and their functions. This includes valves, pumps and the inlet, along with the internal structure of the tank.

A competent third party will offer conclusions and recommendations that can be relied upon. They are based on qualified data – all fully illustrated in written reports. Would you trust the safety of your people and property to someone without extensive knowledge of how a sprinkler tank works?

Anyone inspecting a sprinkler tank will need to be able to recognise:

  • The presence of rust
  • Weak spots in any section of the tank’s surface
  • Signs of corrosion or oxidisation
  • Perforations
  • Bacteria growth
  • Worn seals

In addition, they need to be able to check and recognise potential issues with ancillary equipment. This can include tank lids and access areas.

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Never let an unqualified person carry out checks on your sprinkler system.

Sprinkler system tank inspections

A sprinkler system tank inspection should always be carried out with the water in situ. Not just to conserve water and save money but to ensure sprinklers remain fully operational throughout. Draining a tank for an inspection is unnecessary and potentially very dangerous. Using ROV equipment makes this possible. It is site and insurer-friendly and delivers accurate data that can be reliably used for planned maintenance.

It is worth noting that this type of sprinkler system inspection can be carried out on any type of tank, regardless of its location and size. Annual inspections should always be carried out by a specialist, say experts. Many problems are not obvious and require the use of high-tech equipment to properly identify and diagnose – hence the importance of retaining the services of an independent inspection expert.

The change to requirements in respect of one clause in EN 12845 does not mean an unqualified, untrained person can carry out an inspection. It makes clear they need to have the necessary qualifications. Neglecting to ensure a suitable person carries out the checks can have far-reaching and even tragic repercussions. It is worth noting that if negligence is suspected to have contributed to an emergency, criminal proceedings can follow.

 

Booking a sprinkler tank inspection

You can book a third-party or independent inspection with a nationwide specialist, who will travel anywhere in the country to perform this task. As well as having the necessary knowledge, they will have the essential equipment (outlined above). If your sprinkler tank is leaking, you can find out what to do here.

If you are not sure what your obligations are as a building owner or site manager, you should seek expert advice. Life preserving equipment must always be ready to kick in during an emergency situation. That means, it should be maintained to regulatory standards, so it is fit for purpose.

While not all buildings benefit from the sprinkler system, it is always worth reminding ourselves how common fires are.

Recent fires in public, commercial and industrial buildings:

  • A commercial garage in County Donegal has been badly damaged in an overnight fire (reported November 21).
  • A hooded gang set a fire at Bransholme playground close to Biggin Hill Primary School – Hull (reported November 20).
  • A supermarket, closed for over a year after a fire in the flat above, has been reopened and revamped – Reading (reported November 20).
  • Multiple fire crews attended to a blaze at an industrial property in a Somerset village (reported November 16).
  • Investigation launched after blaze at an industrial unit which took eight fire crews to put out – London (reported November 13).
  • People living or working near Manor Way, Swanscombe were advised to close windows and doors due to smoke coming from a fire in an industrial building – Kent (reported November 16).

The advice from experts is to continue to use fully qualified independent inspectors. Especially for sprinkler system water tanks.

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Can Relining A Sprinkler Water Tank Extend Its Lifespan?

A newly installed sprinkler water tank will last for many years – often well over a decade. However, over time, it will show signs of wear and will eventually require refurbishment or replacing. Knowing when your tank needs remedial work is important, which is why experts recommend regular inspections – preferably by a fully trained independent expert.

Relining a sprinkler tank is in many cases the recommended alternative to going through the upheaval of replacing an existing one. So, yes, it can extend a tank’s lifespan. In fact, the best professional installers will give you an indication – or better, a guarantee – of just how much longer your tank will last after being relined.

While the motivations for relining a tank can be varied, the most common ones are outlined below.

 

Saves time

If you can’t afford the water supply to your sprinkler system being lost for longer than a couple of days, relining is best way forward. We have to point out, not all tanks will be suitable for this type of repair. You should only agree to a tank relining procedure if your existing sprinkler water tank has been properly assessed by an independent expert and found to be suitable. If it is not, you will have to go through the decommissioning process and have the old tank uninstalled and removed before a new once can be fitted and commissioned.

A lot will depend on the internal condition of the tank. If it can be relined, the time it takes to carry out this process will vary according to its size, design and siting. During the process, your sprinkler system will be impacted. Draining a tank can take more than 24 hours and refilling it the same amount of time, depending on its capacity. However, relining a sprinkler tank is still quicker than having to install a new one.

The process involved in constructing a new tank can require bespoke fabrication and other factors that all add to the time it takes to install. This can have safety as well as insurance implications.

 

Relining a sprinkler water tank saves money

Money is often a big factor when it comes to making a choice. The sprinkler water tank is no exception. Many businesses and municipalities now use tanks made from glass reinforced plastic, commonly referred to as GRP. In this case, relining is much more cost effective than investing in a brand-new tank. Even relatively old tanks can be relined, if their condition has not deteriorated to the point of no return.

There are obvious cost disadvantages of having to empty and remove an old tank. That is why more and more businesses are looking to extend the life of existing facilities.

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Relining a sprinkler tank is cheaper than replacing it.

Relining a sprinkler water tank saves hassle

Time costs money, as they say. In the case of the sprinkler water tank time can cost lives. So, in addition to avoiding the upheaval on a site, relining can reduce the hassle. It is worth noting that tanks designed when a site is first developed can be located in hard-to-access areas, adding to the time it takes to remove it. Often a tank will need to be dismantled and cut up to ensure it can easily and safely be removed. The guarantees given for relining make it a savvy choice, not just for saving time but for budgeting in the future. If you have a newly lined tank with a good guarantee, you can plan ahead and budget money for a new one when the guarantee runs out.

 

Other factors

It is better for the environment to reline a tank than remove it. Apart from saving non-recyclable components from landfill, it will help you to use what you have already got for much longer. People often assumed that corrosion or a small leak means a sprinkler water tank has reached the end of its life. This simply isn’t always the case.

Even splits below the water line can be remedied with relining – if they are deemed repairable. Sometimes, simply refurbishing a tank will extend its life. Strengthening weak points in the structure and applying fibreglass matting, as well as a multi-coat epoxy system can achieve the same desired results.

The shutdown period during works should be clearly specified in advance, so risk assessments can be carried out to cover a site while a sprinkler water tank is out of service. Some tanks can be relined or refurbished in just a few days while other can take up to a week.

 

Making the right choice for your sprinkler water tank

Sometimes, even badly leaking sprinkler tanks can be repaired. It all depends on the overall condition of the tank’s internal walls, along with a number of other factors. If you are not sure if your tank is suitable for relining, book an independent inspection. It will give you an accurate indication of the level of corrosion or deterioration.

Modern inspection techniques do not require a tank to be emptied, so there will be no disruption to the supply of water to your sprinkler system. Getting an expert’s opinion will help you make the right choice. An inspection report should clearly set out recommendations. If relining is an option, it will be noted in the report.

If you decide to book an inspection, make sure you use a specialist that will supply you with video or photographic evidence of his or her findings. You can refer to these images when going through the report to be totally certain of what you need to do to ensure your sprinkler system benefits from a fully compliant, reliable water source.

Sprinklers are important. Without them, lives and property are at a higher risk from fire. Ensuring a wet sprinkler system has the best possible chance of containing a blaze starts with a good supply of water. If you are not sure about the condition of your tank or need more advice after an inspection, always talk to an expert.

Relining a sprinkler water tank is cost-effective, safe and saves time. Importantly, it will extend the lifespan of your tank allowing it to deliver many more years of service.

 

 

 

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Can A Fire Tank System Fail In The UK?

A fire tank system is one of the safest ways to store water to suppress a fire. However, it does require regular checks and maintenance to ensure it is fit for purpose. A damaged or leaking water tank can impact the reliability of a sprinkler system, which is why it is imperative to ensure tanks are inspected on a proper basis. The implications of failing to adequately maintain life-saving fire equipment can be extremely serious.

The safety of sprinkler tanks is covered by legislation and something you should be aware of. Regulations ensure fire tanks almost never fail. To ensure stringent compliance with all legal requirements, you should undertake both in-house and expert inspections at regular intervals. As we have previously outlined before on our blog, there are differing opinions on how often you engage the services of an independent specialist. For the record, we recommend one is undertaken every 12 months – or before, if a problem is suspected.

A check by someone trained to inspect a fire tank system will identify any issues. A written report should outline measures that need to be taken. Inspections are a cost-effective way to safeguard your life-safety water supply. For example, an undetected leak can prove costly and waste a precious resource. It can also significantly lower water levels in a tank, highlighting the need for regular checks. Modern tank inspections do not require a vessel to be emptied – making them very straightforward and insurer-friendly.

 

Fire sprinkler tank maintenance

When the word ‘maintenance’ crops up in the same sentence as a fire tank system, don’t assume it means a quick whip around with a paint brush. Quite often, fire sprinkler tank maintenance involves relining or refurbishment. Why? Because many materials traditionally used in the manufacture of fire tanks, whilst extremely robust, can eventually corrode. It is excessive corrosion of tank walls that most often leads to leaks. The bigger the tank, the bigger the risk of major flooding and water damage.

Other problems associated with corrosion can include poor water quality that falls below legal standards. Even water stored solely for the purpose of fighting a fire can carry Legionella, the bacteria that can cause a type of pneumonia. Harmful pathogens are known to breed in areas behind outdated rubber tank linings and that is why risk assessments for Legionella are important too. Tanks which were installed without a coating or lining are most at risk from corrosion and should be checked regularly.

We provide a range of services to remedy problems in their early stages. However, they can only be carried before a tank is deemed beyond serviceable. If an inspection report states a tank should be decommissioned, we can only replace it. With conventional GRP fire tanks holding tens of thousands of litres of water, you can understand the need for planned maintenance as well as vigilance.

Sometimes, a sprinkler system will be activated on purpose to check that it doesn’t just work but has the capacity to store enough water. Such examples includes tests carried out in underground tunnels and major new developments. In these cases, great care is taken to avoid serious damage. In this information, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme, WRAS, explains how water supply regulations impact LPCB fire tank systems.

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A fire tank system is more robust than most traditional fire suppressant methods because it is subject to stringent regulations.

Relining or replacement?

As stated above, we cannot repair a fire tank system if an expert has deemed it beyond refurbishment. However, if a written report recommends remedial action we can repair and / or re-line a sprinkler tank. The methods we use are outlined on our website and give a clear overview of how the different processes are carried out. The good news is, once the work is completed your tank will last for many more years. A robust, cost-effective remedy will offer peace of mind and keep corrosion in check.

We don’t use butyl rubber in our linings. Instead, we reline tanks with EPDM. It is better quality and offers more protection from problems commonly found with traditional sprinkler tank linings. All refurbishment work and relining will require a sprinkler tank to be drained – a process that your insurance company is likely to want to know about and something that should only ever be undertaken by professionals.

This type of work demands recognised skills and safety equipment. Potential dangers for those not trained include falls from height and many other risks. Look out for recognised trade accreditations to ensure you engage a firm with the necessary expertise. Look for links to the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association, CHAS, Constructionline and Safety Schemes In Procurement. It is worth remembering that bosses who instruct untrained staff to work at height face significant fines if a worker subsequently falls. Planning, Building and Construction Today reported earlier this month how a building company was fined £20,000 after a self-employed man fell through a skylight.

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We are currently studying the recommendations made in the report from the first phase of the Grenfell Inquiry.

Experts in fire tank system maintenance

Here at Nationwide Water Solutions, we provide a range of recognised services to ensure your fire tank system is in good repair – today and tomorrow. As well as carrying out recommended works, we undertake inspections using the latest technology. Our ultrasound equipment can measure the thickness of sprinkler tank walls and detect weaknesses that mere images would not show. In addition to carrying out all checks underwater, we supply photographic evidence with comprehensive written reports.

The publication of the report following the first phase of the Grenfell Inquiry is likely to lead to legislative changes, which could include making high-rise building owners furnish fire and rescue services with details about a property’s layout. Once we have read through the full recommendations outlined in the report, we will update you. Whatever the final outcome of the inquiry, one things is for sure – sprinklers and fire tank systems will become much more commonplace.

We will continue to work with our partners in industry and the public realm to ensure that the services we deliver meet and exceed standards to ensure sprinkler systems are well-maintained and carry on saving lives as well as material assets. Building safety regulations are likely to impact fire safety more than ever. You can trust us to deliver the very highest standards – from installing a new fire tank to maintaining an existing one.

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What Water Supply System Works Best With Sprinklers?

Sprinklers have become commonplace in buildings across the UK. To fire safety experts, they represent the contrast between Before Grenfell and After Grenfell. The devastating fire in a London tower block with poor fire safety equipment underlined what many had been advocating for years. Sprinkler systems save lives.

But property owners considering investing in the fire safety equipment may well ask: What water supply system works best with sprinklers? In this feature we will outline the challenges posed by water supply and explain why having your own source, specifically for containing a blaze, could mean the difference between life and death.

Sprinklers are relatively inexpensive to install when you consider the potential losses that could be incurred in a fire. For example, in a residential setting, the cost can be as low as under £2,000 for two-bedroom flat. If you are a landlord managing a portfolio of properties in large houses of multiple occupation or blocks of flats, the cost will obviously increase. Commonly, the bill is based on square feet. Likewise, sprinkler systems in retail, commercial and industrial settings are likely to cost a lot more than a system in a small private house.

In very small installations on one level, it is quite feasible to let sprinklers feed from a mains water supply. However, if a building extends over a larger floor space and, in particular, levels, challenges are presented. For example, water pressure from a mains supply will not be great enough to serve sprinklers on floors above a set height. There is technology available to get around this issue, but none beat the sprinkler tank.

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Water solutions for sprinkler systems

Sprinkler tanks are the most common option for industry and tower blocks. They are also found in large public buildings such as hospitals and, increasingly, schools. They are rated for their performance, longevity and, most importantly, their ability to store even very large quantities of water. At a time when warehouse fires alone are said to be costing the UK’s economy a staggering £1billion a year, getting to grips with containment at the earliest stage has never been more pressing.

There is a misconception that, once the fire brigade is called, everything will be all right. Businesses and property owners need to understand that modern-day firefighters don’t just fight fires. Many are trained in emergency first aid and are often called to attend medical emergencies and situations where cutting gear may be required. Another serious issue is tenders running out of water. If this happens, there will be a wait for back-up to arrive. In the case of Grenfell, water was in such short supply that firefighters were sent into the burning building without it – a fact later admitted by a watch manager.

The best way to tackle a fire is as soon as it starts – with sprinklers. Having a system connected to its own water supply will ensure there is a good chance that the blaze will be contained. If you can stop a fire from spreading, you will limit damage, give people more time to evacuate a building and, ultimately, save lives.

During the summer, an 82-year-old woman told the national press that sprinklers saved her from almost certain death. Bedridden, she would have struggled to escape a fire that started in her bedroom – had the system not kicked in and quickly contained the blaze. The pensioner, who lived in a block comprising more than 50 flats, said she had been smoking in bed when the fire started. Water quickly doused the flames and she suffered only minor injuries.

In an earlier case, an 81-year-old pensioner described how sprinklers saved her life after she left food in the oven. Firefighters later said it would have taken just minutes for the kitchen to be destroyed had water not been delivered to the source of the blaze immediately. In both of these cases, having a reliable source of water was crucial.

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Sprinklers and the problem of water supply

The most common type of fire sprinkler system is the wet-pipe model. It works on the basis of individual sprinklers. This means that sprinkler heads are only activated when a threshold is reached. As well as being effective, this system saves water and also prevents unnecessary water damage. A point worth noting is that many modern sprinklers take their design from one invented by Frederick Grinnell in 1890.

Nowadays, sprinklers are a requirement of Building Regulations in defined types of properties. This extends beyond commercial buildings, where they have enjoyed popularity for years because of the cost-savings offered through reduced insurance premiums. It is widely recognised that a sprinkler will activate in as little as one minute while it can take much longer for fire crews to reach the scene.

Therefore, the importance of having a dedicated water supply to feed a sprinkler system cannot be overstated. Surrey Live has reported that residents in a 17 storey tower block were told by the local council, their landlord, that sprinklers would not work during issues with the water supply system. Bottles of drinking water were handed out and the issue was blamed on defective pumps. However, fire safety experts say water should be stored separately for firefighting purposes and pumps should be maintained to ensure they deliver high pressure.

If you are a property owner considering the merits of investing in a sprinkler tank, the points raised above should give you an inkling of why they are a savvy choice. Too often, buildings have been destroyed because mains water is not a suitable option or there is a delay in the response to a fire because not enough water is immediately to hand.

 

Water storage for sprinkler systems

You can find out more about the benefits of having a sprinkler tank from Nationwide Water Solutions. It carries out site surveys to give building owners a good understanding of the requirements and where a tank would could be best sited. These surveys are free and help those managing properties fully understand the options available. In addition to installing sprinkler tanks the company can decommission and remove existing tanks.

It offers a comprehensive repair and refurbishment service for tanks that have been certified by a specialist as being suitable for remedial works. One of its most in-demand services in underwater tank surveys. Carried out with sophisticated equipment, this type of investigation allows every part of a tank to be checked for weaknesses including corrosion.

 

 

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GRP Sprinkler Tank Installer Talks About The Wider Issues Caused By Fires

GRP sprinkler tank equipment is making a real difference in the UK – and here’s why…

Make no mistake, the biggest losers in any fire are those on the scene and property owners. But what about other people? Every day of the week in the UK routines are disrupted by fire and lives destroyed. Roads are closed, facilities shut and damaging smoke fills the air. Businesses with equipment or other assets stored in someone else’s building are also impacted, along with emergency services workers called to deal with 999 calls.

In an era when public safety should be at the forefront of everything, it is easy to see why many people think fire safety should never be left to chance. Nationwide Water Solutions is changing the way property owners and businesses manage the threat of fire. It installs water storage solutions to ensure sprinkler systems have their own dedicated supply of water.

 

The GRP sprinkler tank boom

A spokesman said: “Most property owners really get the fact that more can be done to prevent the spread of fire. However, not all of them have the cash to make improvements and some think fire safety is something that can be put off to another day. For those who want to protect their assets and people, the GRP sprinkler tank is popular. Fabricated from glass reinforced plastic, it is strong and safe. It can store large volumes of water, meaning sprinklers can get to work the moment they are activated.

“We are seeing lots of new clients looking to invest in water storage systems because they appreciate it may take time for a water carrier, for example, to reach them in an emergency. Fires can spread quickly so a small blaze that may have, at first, seemed containable can rapidly get out of control. If a fire brigade has to call for additional resources, they could be located some distance away.”

 

Nationwide Water Solutions

Nationwide Water Solutions is a GRP sprinkler tank expert. It also installs a wide range of other tank types, each depending on their intended environment. Based in Yorkshire, it covers the whole country.

 

 

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Commercial Sprinkler Tank Services Needed To Safeguard Businesses

Use of commercial sprinkler tank services are on the rise as businesses look for more advanced and robust ways to protect their assets. Businesses with commercial kitchens, large storage areas and those accommodating people, workers and customers, require safety solutions fit for 2019. Helping more commercial clients than ever before, Nationwide Water Solutions installs and maintains sprinkler tanks for a multitude of building-types.

Increasingly, we are being asked to assess properties such as large hotels and complexes where commercial kitchens are based. That is because incidents such as chip pan fires can often go on to cause extensive damage and pose a serious threat to both the public and material investments. Helping commercial clients reduce the risk of a fire spreading is critical to our work.

 

Water solutions for commercial enterprises

As one of the UK’s leading commercial sprinkler tank specialists, we work hard to provide fully tailored water solutions that ensure sprinkler systems work whenever required. This often involves assessing exactly what size – and shape – the water tank needs to be to meet its obligations while being in the best possible location for the site its services.

If you run a commercial business and want to learn more about the benefits of on-site water storage to feed sprinklers, we offer a country-wide free site survey service. This will give you a detailed overview of your needs and the solutions available to meet them.

 

Commercial sprinkler tank expert

Nationwide Water Solutions is the commercial sprinkler tank expert with an enviable track record in the delivery of bespoke water storage facilities. With satisfied customers in both the public and private sectors, we are committed to delivering on the very best fire safety equipment. In addition to installing water storage tanks, we also carry our repairs on ageing or leaking tanks. If you are not sure what the condition of your tank is, book an inspection.

We use the very latest tech to carry out comprehensive checks under water – helping you save money and ensuring your sprinkler system remains active. For further information about our commercial sprinkler tank services, visit Nationwide Water Solutions.

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Robust Water Storage to Protect Agricultural Machinery from Fire

Agricultural machinery is expensive to replace and plays a vital role in farming, which is why water storage is important. With farms facing ever-increasing financial pressure, investing in robust fire protection equipment for storage buildings is crucial. Being without a high-value piece of kit at harvest and other busy times could be the tipping point.

Nationwide Water Solutions says modern barns and large agricultural buildings can benefit from sprinklers. The UK’s leading supplier of sprinkler tanks says the benefits are numerous. A spokesman for the company said: “We have noted a rise this year in the number of tractors and other machinery being completely destroyed or severely damaged in fires. One of the biggest problems facing farmers, particularly those who operate on an industrial scale, is that their premises are often located in remote areas, which can take some time for the emergency services to reach. Thus, on-site water storage makes sense.”

 

Agricultural machinery and water storage

A sprinkler tank helps to protect agricultural machinery by ensuring water is always available for sprinklers. In fact, it keeps water separate for the sole purpose of fighting a fire. It means, no matter where you are, a fire can be tackled from the moment it is detected. With robotics and other innovations starting to penetrate the agricultural sector, protecting investments in advanced tech has never been so important. Water storage solutions can really help.

Nationwide Water Solutions says having good fire safety equipment on site can help to reduce insurance costs. Sprinklers used in agricultural buildings can contain a fire and stop it from spreading. This could give you time to evacuate livestock and save valuable machinery that can’t be quickly replaced.

 

Fire protection for agricultural buildings

Whether you run a dairy farm or are an arable farmer, keeping your equipment safe should be a number one priority. If you want to learn more about how modern water storage systems with a sprinkler tank can offer you greater peace of mind, visit Nationwide Water Solutions online. It is the company trusted to install water storage tanks in hospitals, warehouses and many other building types.