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Pre-Commissioning Cleaning & Flushing
At Integrated Compliance we offer pre-commissioning cleaning of pipework to ensure that your system is ready to use, in accordance with BSRIA ensuring it has the best possible chance of meeting its life-expectancy.
During the installation process, debris can build up in the pipework. This can include grease, oil, dust, rust and scale. All of these have the potential to cause damage to the newly installed system, therefore it is vital that a thorough and exhaustive clean is undertaken to ensure additional cost is not incurred.
Many systems include control or regulating valves. Due to the size of these, they can easily become blocked by debris causing them to stop working. This can result in strain on other parts of the system, leading to higher energy bills as the works harder to maintain the appropriate temperature in all parts of your building. A pre-commission clean can prevent these issues in your new system.
As well as removing debris from your system, we use specialist treatments to assist in reducing the chance of future build-up of deposits. Whilst we recommend regular system maintenance, these treatments can mitigate the impact of any contaminates that do manage to get into the system between maintenance visits.
Upon completion of the pre-commission clean, samples will be taken to demonstrate the cleanliness of the entire system, all in line with the BSRIA recommendations.
How do I control the risks from legionella in my water system?
The key point is to design, maintain and operate your water services under conditions that will either prevent or adequately control the risk from legionella bacteria. It is important that you either have, or have access to, competent help to fulfil these obligations.
If you identify a risk that you are unable to prevent, you must introduce appropriate controls. You should introduce a course of action that will help you to control any risks from legionella by describing:
- your system and its component parts eg developing a schematic diagram
- who is responsible for carrying out the assessment and managing its implementation
- the safe and correct operation of your system
- what control methods and other precautions you will be using
- what checks will be carried out to ensure risks are being managed and how often
You should where appropriate:
- ensure that the release of water spray is properly controlled
- avoid water temperatures and conditions that favour the growth of legionella and other micro-organisms
- ensure water cannot stagnate anywhere in the system by keeping pipe lengths as short as possible or by removing redundant pipe work
- avoid materials that encourage the growth of legionella (The Water Fittings & Materials Directory references fittings, materials, and appliances approved for use on the UK Water Supply System by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme)
- keep the system and the water in it clean
- treat water to either control the growth of legionella (and other microorganisms) or limit their ability to grow.