The PWTAG guidelines state that a correctly designed balance tank should be drained down once a year and any debris cleared out, as well as the inner surfaces brushed and flushed down.
Our team of specialist engineers are all qualified to work in confined spaces as required by health and safety regulations for this type of work and can carry out all tank cleaning, emptying, re-lining and repairs work within the balance tank.
The swimming pool balance tank is an important but often forgotten feature in the pool filtration system, that plays a significant role in maintaining a constant water level in deck level and spa pools. It is situated between the filtration system and the pool water tank itself, providing an intermediate to hold the water displaced by bathers entering the pool before releasing the water back into the tank as bathers leave to give a constant water level.
Due to its positioning before the filtration system and the constant transfer of water with the pool, the balance tank accumulates a large amount of debris and contaminants. This provides a prime breeding ground for a variety of bacteria, particularly on the walls of the tank as the water level rises and falls, that if not cleaned regularly can pose a serious threat to pool hygiene.
Tank Cleaning As Standard
Although there are no official standards for the control of swimming pool water quality the HSE recognises guidance given by PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) as the standard to be achieved in effectively managed swimming pools. The latest Code of Practice by PWTAG states that a balance tank should be drained for inspection and cleaning at least annually to help ensure hygiene of pool users.
JC Leisure Solutions are able to provide the full tank cleaning process and inspection of the balance tank recommended by the PWTAG Code of Practice, including debris removal, clean of all surfaces, disinfection using super chlorinated solution and inspection of valves and pipework, whilst adhering to HSE standards for working within a confined space. If it has been longer than a year since your water tank was last cleaned, contact us now to ensure the hygiene and satisfaction of your customers is of an acceptable standard.
Cleaning A Hot Water Tank And Cold Water Tank
Both a cold and hot water tank should be regularly cleaned every 1 to 3 years. By maintaining the hot or cold water tank, you are able to increase efficiency of the water tank. In a hot water tank, a build-up of calcium is very common, which can make a water heater less efficient. This is due to the loose minerals settling on the bottom, which makes it difficult for the hot water tank to produce hot water.
Frequent cleaning of a hot or cold water tank will also extend the life of the tank, by keeping it in a useable condition. In addition to lasting longer, if you take care of your water tank, you will save money too. By flushing your hot water tank, you can reduce the home’s energy, as a clean water tank will utilise less energy, due to being able to function properly.
If you would like to find out more information about our tank cleaning services and how we can flush your hot or cold water tank, get in touch with a member of our experienced and helpful team, today.
Balance Tank Cleaning FAQs
How often should a swimming pool have balance tank cleaning?
You should have balance tank cleaning carried out at least once a year to ensure it’s maintained and in good working order. This will not only clean the tank but allow for it to be inspected so that any potential issues can be identified. Not having balance tank cleaning at least annually runs the risk of the build up of debris and the tank failing from poor maintenance. With regular inspection and cleaning, this will ensure efficient use in the long term.
How do you clean a balance tank?
Firstly, the water is drained from the balance tank so that a qualified engineer can enter the space. This is the most efficient way to inspect the inside of the balance tank and be able to make recommendations on the work needed. Older balance tanks that have not been maintained may require more work alongside cleaning to ensure they stay safe to use. Once inside, the tank will be disinfected thoroughly and any debris build up removed, with the walls of the tank brushed down. Balance tank cleaning should only be performed by specialist, qualified engineers to ensure safety and that the correct guidelines are followed.
Why is important to have swimming pool balance tank cleaning?
Balance tank cleaning is crucial to remove any harmful bacteria that can grow within the tank. As it collects debris from the swimming pool, the balance tank can quickly build-up with various contaminants. Not having the tank cleaned annually means a higher risk of further build up as well as long-term damage to the inside of the tank. This also poses a threat to pool hygiene for swimmers. We can help you with the regular maintenance of your pool balance tank to avoid these issues.