Press Release: ph Water and Air Technologies joins Compliance Group

August 1, 2023 Employment Opportunities Comments Off on Press Release: ph Water and Air Technologies joins Compliance Group

ph Water and Air Technologies, one of the leading environment solutions companies operating within the UK is now part of Compliance Group, adding to the group’s comprehensive portfolio of compliance services.

Founded in 2004, ph Water and Air Technologies provides water hygiene and treatment, pre-commissioning cleaning, air hygiene, water and air quality consultancy, and water treatment plant and equipment services.

The Farnborough based business serves customers across a wide range of industries including data centres, local government authorities, leisure centres, care homes, MOD estates, NHS Trusts, as well as property management and facilities companies.

Piotr Nowosad, CEO of Compliance Group commented: “ph Water and Air Technologies is an innovative and client focused business which drives industry standards and we are delighted to welcome the team to Compliance Group. As we continue our growth journey, we are joined by high calibre businesses that align with our mission to provide the best services in the industry though the best people and technology – and I’m excited about achieving this together.”

Compliance Group is a leading integrated provider of safety and regulatory compliance services across electrical, fire and water – each delivered by specialist divisions. Reducing risk, improving safety and assuring regulatory compliance in a wide range of sectors including Education, Health, Care Homes, Public Sector, Local Authority, Industry, Pharmaceutical, Hospitality, Leisure, Food and Beverage, Retail and Media, Compliance Group simplifies complex safety and regulatory compliance requirements in one place, quickly and with low disruption to our clients’ opoerations.

“We are thrilled to join Compliance Group, to combine the legacy of our brand with the opportunities for growth and innovation. Our customers and our people have always been the fuel behind our success and being part of the group will enable us to work even more efficiently and invest in our people, which will ultimately have a positive impact on our customers.”, added Peter Millham, Managing Director of ph Water and Air Technologies.

Compliance Group is a sustainable growth-driven organisation, bringing together the best people and the best technology to provide the best service in the industry. The organisation’s operating model ensures that operating units within the Group deliver the highest quality services, whilst the Group allocates resources supporting innovation and growth.

To find out more about Compliance Group, please visit https://compliancegroup.uk/

Black Spore Fungi & Osmotic Blistering of GRP tanks.

July 24, 2023 Employment Opportunities Comments Off on Black Spore Fungi & Osmotic Blistering of GRP tanks.

Black spore fungi are common in GRP tanks and are notorious for spreading, predominantly where there is a combination of water and air at an ambient temperature. These spores tend to multiply very quickly and produce a grey or black jelly-like growth on the internal GRP surface.

Black spore fungi can be as a results of osmotic blistering of the GRP substrate due to water permeation. This can lead to deterioration of the gel coat and, subsequently, a surface which is highly likely to harbour and promote the growth of micro-aquatic organisms which cannot be removed by cleaning.

Even with regular cleaning and disinfections , bacteria such as micro-aquatic organisms will continue to multiply as they are protected in the habitat provided by air filled cavities and fine cracks that often cannot be seen with the naked eye.

These cavities and cracks in the internal substrate allow bacteria to nest and proliferate. The problems start to occur when the water molecules migrating into the GRP tanks encounter other chemicals inside the laminate, primarily water-soluble materials (WSMs) such as the emulsion binders used to hold the glass mat together before it is moulded.

The water molecules can then have a chemical reaction with these substances, forming larger molecules of a new chemical, often acidic – which unlike the original small water molecules, cannot carry on passing through the GRP. These larger molecules are then trapped. This is the point at which osmosis actually starts. Osmotic blistering of the GRP substrate due to water permeation can also lead to deterioration of the gel coat and, subsequently, a surface which is highly likely to harbour and promote the growth of micro-aquatic organisms.

It should be considered that, if not looked after and ignored, such internal water osmotic blisters can burst contaminating the CWST.

Where identified we would usually recommend relining the tank using a WRAS approved solvent free technology which is proven to resist the growth of bacteria such as micro aquatic organisms and black spore fungi. The process leaves a surface which has a tough, easy clean, ceramic, tile-like surface combined with elongation properties of up to 35% which will adequately cope with any potential movement of the plastic tank and comes with a 10 year Warranty.

Benefits:

  • WRAS/DWI approved.
  • Completely Solvent Free Technology.
  • Superb adhesion to plastic tank substrates.
  • Prevents steel fasteners from corroding.
  • Provides a completely waterproof membrane, preventing any potential ingress of water which can cause osmotic blistering, air filled cavities and cracks.
  • Leaves a surface which has a tough, easy clean, ceramic, tile-like surface combined with elongation properties of up to 35% which will adequately cope with any potential movement of the plastic tank.
  • Proven to resist the growth of bacteria such as micro aquatic organisms and black spore fungi.
  • Provides protection of the existing mastic between the plastic tank joints against potential attack from chemicals and subsequent deterioration and consequential leaks.
  • High levels of impact and chemical resistance.
  • Reduced downtime due to extremely fast cure times.
  • Long life performance with minimal maintenance.
  • Superb anti-erosion/corrosion properties.
  • Long term 10-year guarantee on completion.
  • Excellent track record having been utilized for the repair and relining of plastic tanks including those that provide drinking water.
  • Water Immersion After 24 hrs or in compliance with WRAS and drinking water regulations.

The importance of flushing and cleaning a closed water system.

June 27, 2023 Employment Opportunities Comments Off on The importance of flushing and cleaning a closed water system.

Pre-commission cleaning is the process of flushing and cleaning a closed water system, such as those found in heating, cooling, or industrial processes, and bringing it to a satisfactory state prior to Commissioning. By preventing corrosion and scaling, we can maximise efficiencies and ensure longevity of a system.

Here are six reasons why flushing & cleaning of closed water systems is carried out:

1. Removal of Debris: During installation closed water systems can accumulate various types of debris, including dirt, sediment, rust particles, and construction residues. Flushing removes these contaminants, which can otherwise accumulate and cause blockages or impair the system’s performance.

2. Prevention of Corrosion: Corrosion is a significant issue in closed water systems, as it can lead to equipment damage, leaks, and reduced efficiency. Flushing will remove particulates that can settle out in low flow areas and by using biocides we are able to combat bacteria which can lead to corrosion. In closed systems, the rate of corrosion of steel is minimised by the use of chemical corrosion inhibitors, lowering dissolved oxygen levels, raising the pH of the water and avoidance of stagnation. 

3. Scale Control: Scaling occurs when minerals and other dissolved substances precipitate and form deposits on the surfaces of pipes, heat exchangers, and other system components. By flushing & cleaning we can remove these deposits and with the addition of inhibitors are able to reduce the concentration of scaling agents in the water.

4. Biofilm and Microbial Control: Closed water systems can be susceptible to the growth of microorganisms, which can form biofilms. Biofilms not only reduce heat transfer efficiency but also contribute to fouling and can lead to microbiological induced corrosion (MIC). By flushing and using appropriate biocides we can control microbial growth and minimise the formation of biofilms.

5. Efficiency and Performance: A clean water system operates more efficiently than a system with accumulated debris, corrosion, or scaling. The cleaning process will help to achieve design, ensuring optimal heat transfer, reducing energy consumption, and maintaining the desired system performance.

6. System Longevity: Flushing & cleaning closed water systems contribute to their long-term durability and longevity. By preventing corrosion, scaling, and microbial growth, the risk of equipment failure, leaks, and premature replacement is minimised, resulting in extended system lifespan. With constrained budgets, coupled with an uncertain economic outlook extending the  longevity of critical assets has never been so important.

The Guidelines and standards that are followed are:

  • BSRIA BG-29 – Pre Commission Cleaning of Pipework Systems.
  • BSRIA BG-50 – Water Treatment for Closed Cooling and Heating Systems.
  • British Standard BS 8552 – Sampling and monitoring of water from building services closed systems.

ph Water & Air Technologies have succesfully provided pre-commission cleaning services at some of the largest and most prestigeous projects in the UK.  It is important to note that flushing and cleaning procedures can vary depending on the specific type of closed water system, the water quality, and the type of contaminants present. 

Graeme Stevens WMSoC | Director  

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