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How to Spot a Leaking Water Tank

Posted on April 26, 2013

It can sometimes be incredibly easy for you notice a leaking water tank down to the large pool of water that has collected on the floor, however it is not always as simple as that and a leak could go unnoticed for a considerable amount of time; in turn providing considerably more catastrophic and expensive damage. To help you spot a leaking water tank that doesn’t offer any obvious signs, we have collated a few key points for you to be looking out for when it comes to leaking GRP tanks, steel tanks and concrete tanks. Continue Reading

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Case Study- Plant Room Flooring of a UK Hospital

Posted on April 24, 2013

Back in February we at COVAC completed work at a hospital in the UK which involved the repair of a concrete floor in an upper storey Plant Room. The floor required repair work as, following recent accidental flooding, the floor had allowed water to leak through it down into an operating theatre on the floor below. There were numerous cracks which required repairing alongside the need for a waterproof membrane to be applied which would avoid such an incident happening again as well as providing a tough, durable and easy to maintain surface to suit its location. Continue Reading

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Legionnaire’s Update- Leicester School Declared Clear

Posted on April 11, 2013

Following a previous post which provided details of the tests that were being undertaken at a college in Leicester following a suspected outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, there have been some developments over the last couple of weeks. After tests of the water supply at the school, no trace of the bacterium that causes the disease was found, with it remaining unclear exactly where the workman, who spent time in hospital, contracted the disease. Continue Reading

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HSE Urges Not to ‘Fit and Forget’ GRP Storage Tanks

Posted on March 27, 2013

In a publication by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the following statement was made:- Continue Reading

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Legionnaires’ Disease Tests for a Leicester College

Posted on March 13, 2013

Tests for Legionnaires’ disease are currently underway at New College in the New Parks area of Leicester after a plumber working in a disused building was taken to hospital with symptoms of the potentially fatal bug. A second workman is also undergoing tests however the local council have stressed that they don’t see any risk to staff or pupils at the college, which in turn has seen the college remain open throughout. Continue Reading

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Health and Safety Gone Bad: The Scaffolding Fiasco

Posted on February 27, 2013

At COVAC we take the health and safety of our members of staff and customers incredibly seriously, no matter how large or small the project.  Ensuring we are always abiding by the regulations put in place by the authorities, we were literally gobsmacked when a recent article appeared on the Daily Mail’s website entitled ‘The world’s most terrifying scaffolding where you’ll definitely need a hard hat’. Continue Reading

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Hospital Closed Temporarily Following Discovery of Legionella

Posted on January 25, 2013

A community hospital in East Yorkshire was recently forced to close temporarily following the discovery of a strain of the Legionella bacteria. The strain was found within the water system during routine testing and as a result all services at the hospital were closed from the 21st December. Continue Reading

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Legionella Update: Rise in Number of Cooling Tower Checks

Posted on December 26, 2012

Following on from the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh earlier on in 2012, an increased number of checks to cooling towers are planned to take place across the whole of Britain in the coming months to ensure the relevant safety standards are met and the risk of such an outbreak arising again is minimised as much as possible. Continue Reading

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Case Study- Steel Water Tanks at a University

Posted on December 20, 2012

In September, the COVAC team were asked to repair two heavily corroded sectional steel Braithwaite cold water storage tanks at a University in the North of England. With each storage tank sized at approximately 3.6m x 1.8m x 2.4m this was no small project.  The tanks had been previously coated with a non-approved bitumen which had degraded over time meaning we had a big job on our hands to restore the tanks and make them completely safe for use. Continue Reading

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Case Study- Concrete Water Tanks at a Hospital in the North of England

Posted on November 23, 2012

Recently, the team at COVAC were set with the task of repairing and relining two concrete water tanks at a hospital in the North of England. With both tanks sized 8m x 5.5m x 3m and in need of considerable repair, this was a large scale project as the (now banned) bitumen based internal coating previously used on the tanks had reached the end of its useful life so needed to be replaced before any further problems arose. Continue Reading

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