Top Five Sprinkler Tank Inspection Tips
Sprinkler tanks must be properly maintained to ensure the integrity of any sprinkler system. Because of the vital fire-fighting role sprinkler systems play in a variety of buildings, across multiple sectors, associated water tanks should be inspected by a trained professional regularly. People’s lives and valuable assets, not to mention insurers, depend on their reliability.
Inspections are important to detect leaks and corrosion, as well as any weak spots in the tank or associated pipes. They also form a basis for future planned maintenance. Nationwide Water Solutions Limited, a specialist
covering the whole of the UK, advises those planning an inspection to ensure only an expert is engaged to carry out the work. Inspections should be conducted annually.
Here are Nationwide Water Solutions’ top five sprinkler tank inspection tips:
Water conservation – Save time and money by engaging an inspection professional who can conduct a thorough survey without the need to drain the sprinkler tank. Michael Brightmore, managing director of Nationwide Water Solutions Limited, says: “Not only will this save water, it will negate the need for any downtime and avoid the costly and time consuming process of recommissioning the tank once the survey has been completed.”
Underwater surveys – Ensure whoever carries out the inspection has submersible digital camera equipment that can survey the tank from the inside. This will provide evidence to support any findings and recommendations.
Ultrasound – Super sensitive and extremely accurate, ultrasound technology can pinpoint weaknesses in tank walls as well as measure residual thicknesses of pipes. Because it can detect issues not visible to the naked eye, it is an excellent tool for inspecting sprinkler tanks.
Inspection reports – Always ensure that your sprinkler tank inspector provides detailed written reports and supports inspection findings with photographic evidence. A written record of every element of the sprinkler tank should be supplied, and no component should be overlooked.
Recommendations – Don’t ignore recommendations made in inspection reports. Failure to remedy any issues could affect a future insurance claim or worse. Mr Brightmore explains: “A sprinkler tank failure could result in serious injury, loss of life and hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage. Ignoring recommendations made following an inspection is never worth it.”
If you need advice on any aspect of sprinkler tank inspections, contact Nationwide Water Solutions Limited for free, no obligation information.