Numerous types of bacteria can be present in stored water, including the potentially fatal Legionella. Neglected storage tanks, reservoirs, cooling towers, spa pools and water features are extremely high risk areas for the spread of disease, as Legionella bacteria can proliferate where conditions in water systems are allowed to deteriorate.
Swiftclean Water Tank Compliance Services
The expertise that Swiftclean have gained as a specialist in the hygienic control for building services plant ensures that the water systems will comply with the latest Health and Safety Guidelines and will avoid any violation of current regulations.
Registered with the Legionella Control Association, Swiftclean use the very latest methods of disinfection techniques and modern disinfection chemicals to ensure a superior level of hygiene, stripping of layers of bio-film known to harbour the legionella bacteria, whilst being safer, environmentally-friendly and better value for money. On completion of every contract a certificate of completion is issued including pre and post clean photographs.
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Once Swiftclean have conducted a Legionella Risk Assessment, in which they will identify the level of risk within your property, they may recommend a water system clean/refurbishment and continued monitoring.
Building managers are provided with a water system log book, either a paper or an electronic version, which is used to store the records of Legionella control monitoring tasks carried out, this would include;
- Weekly flushing of little used outlets
- Monthly temperature test results or representative outlets
- Quarterly descaling of shower heads and spray taps
- Annual inspection of calorifiers
- Annual water storage tank inspection
- 24 monthly legionella risk assessment review
- A Water Hygiene Surveyor will visit the site at regular intervals to ensure that risks are kept in control.
Temperature and conditions will be compared with parameters detailed in L8. If conditions are identified which could possibly lead to the growth of legionella bacteria then recommendations will be made to minimise the risk. Training can be given to your staff to enable them to carry out certain periodic monitoring tasks.
Swiftclean will undertake cleaning and refurbishment of all manner of water systems and associated pipe work, from a 50 litre domestic tank to a massive man-made reservoir. Major savings can be made by internal refurbishment – the coating or lining of an existing tank, rather than a costly replacement.
Swiftclean are registered with the Legionella Control Association to reassure you of our competence in Legionella Control works.
Your Legal Responsibilities
L8 the Approved Code of Practice & Guidance for the Control of Legionella bacteria in water systems requires, water storage tanks to be inspected annually. The tank should be clean and free from debris and the water shiny. If this is not the case then the water tank should be cleaned and disinfected. If corrosion is occurring then this should be made good.
Swiftclean water tank refurbishment services
Water tanks are refurbished in situ using special tungsten carbide scrappers to loosen and remove adhered oxide, scale and debris. Tank walls are flushed and dried before the application of special tried and tested coatings which can be given a lifetime guarantee. New lids, insulation, screened overflows and vents are installed and pipe work modifications are made to rectify stagnation. Hot water vent pipes are routed away from the tanks to a tundish to prevent the risk of cold water temperature elevation.
Where necessary Swiftclean will supply temporary tanks or bypass systems to maintain a constant water supply so no shut down period is necessary. Alternatively work is carried out at times which cause the least disruption to those using the water system.
Once a water storage system has received a Swiftclean refurbishment the tanks should be examined annually to comply with regulations, then where necessary cleaned and disinfected. It is a much more cost effective operation to service a tank that has already been brought to pristine condition. On completion of every contract a certificate of completion will be issued.
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- Works carried out in accordance with the Legionella Control Association (LCA) code of conduct
- Risk Assessments and control schemes carried out to L8, BSRIA and CIBSE guidelines
- All works fully certified and legionella control log books provided
- Fully trained and directly employed staff
- Method Statements and Risk Assessments provided site specific as required
- Training for your own staff following risk assessment