Installation Process

Depending on the scale of your project, there are two or three key phases in the installation process: First Fix, Second Fix and Commissioning.

First Fix

The installation engineers will attend site on a pre-agreed date and time, convenient to you and in line with your project programme. Typically, however, this visit is completed in the earlier stages of the project with the electrical first fix, when ceilings are still down and floor boards can still be lifted.

Once on site, the engineers will confirm the agreed locations in line with the previously issued design proposals, agree any required modifications with the on site project manager if necessary, and commence the installation.

The compactness and flexibility of our unique, purpose made pipework will mean minimum disruption to other contractors on site, or to your property, and will allow for a quick, seamless installation.

On completion, before the engineers leave site, a pressure test will be completed to ensure all fittings are tight and secure, ensuring any leaks are caught early and importantly, before any damage can be caused to your property.

Second Fix

The second stage of the installation process, often coupled with the commissioning, is where the system begins to come together. Engineers will attend site at the tail end of the project to fit all nozzle heads into their allocated spaces throughout the building.

Once all nozzles are installed, a final pressure test will be completed to ensure that any new additions to the system are fastened and secured correctly. Once we are happy, we will fit the pump system into the pre-agreed position.

To enable seamless project completion, we will require BOTH the WATER SUPPLY and POWER SUPPLY to be installed at the agreed location, details of which are provided as part of the pre-installation package. If you don’t have this, contact your project designer.

A similar fitting process is completed, ensuring all new connections made are tight into the pump before filling the system with water. At this stage, depending on the project handover date, we will either complete the commissioning or make a return visit for the final stage.

Fire safety in properties

The ever-growing concern around fire safety in properties has brought a number of key developments within the industry, which are starting to become apparent nationally. Building Control teams are beginning to accept and specify watermist systems as a fully viable, British Standard approved alternative to allow for fully open plan living; this includes open plan living, open stair lobbies and hallways and even loft conversions and living extensions. This covers and is specified as part of Building Regulations Appendix Document B.

Watermist systems are so widely accepted that in 2016, Wales became the first country in the world to introduce legislation to make it compulsory for all new build properties to incorporate suppression systems to BS8458:2015.

As of early December, Scotland have confirmed that it will be mandatory for sprinkler systems, or alternative, to be installed in flats and ‘multiple-occupancy dwellings’, and in England Cornwall County Council have already incorporated a similar system as to that used in Wales.

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