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Every day approximately 11 billion litres of sewage is treated in 9,000 Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) across the UK. The treated effluent is then discharged to inland waters, estuaries and the sea. One of the smallest, but most integral and probably underrated parts of these sewage treatment plants are the pumps which ensure the treated water reaches its next destination. But what happens when these pumps stop working?

A malfunctioning water pump can create a number of problems for STPs, especially if it is the only one in use. Without a functioning pump, the treated water builds up and cannot be discharged, the result: an unpleasant flood and a potential environmental hazard.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure pumps do not fail, there are always going to be occasions when incidences happen. ATAC Solutions, with a fleet of tankers, are always on hand to deal with such emergencies and provide emergency back up to ensure that treated water is discharged correctly. However, the most cost-effective solution to this issue is to source the correct replacement pump… and quickly!

With many manufacturers continually upgrading pumps or discontinuing models, it can be difficult to source the correct replacement. However, ATAC Solutions’ vast experience and extensive supply chain enables us to provide fast and effective solutions, to get your STP up and running as quickly as possible, with little disruption.

In the run-up to Christmas, ATAC Solutions helped a number of customers source the correct replacement pumps for their STPs. One of our customers had been struggling to source a Wilo Top-S 40/7 single phase pump, with little success. The pump, a highly specialised product, was obsolete, but ATAC Solutions were able to quickly find the most suitable replacement, a Yonos Maxo 40/0.5/8. Next day shipping meant that within 24 hours of contacting ATAC Solutions our customer had the correct pump and were able to get their STP functioning again.
ATAC Solutions’ industry knowledge and experience provides customers with cost-effective, time saving solutions and will ensure as little disruption to homes and business as possible.

Top 5 troubleshooting tips for your Secoh blower

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Let’s face it, nobody would buy an air blower unless they had a very specific and important use for it. Whether it is for aerating a fish pond or a sewage treatment tank, blower breakdowns can be very frustrating and the immediate risk to both fish and the health of bacteria in a treatment tank are very pronounced.  

Secoh air blowers are solid machines and can run for many years without issue – assuming proper maintenance is performed. However, if your blower doesn’t start or has totally stopped, this handy troubleshooting guide will give you the top 5 causes and solutions for when the worst happens and how to remedy it.

1)         Secoh Unplugged: No, this is not referring to a stripped back acoustic album of all the best Secoh musical classics, rather, it is referring to the most fundamental of causes for a Secoh blower to ‘not start’ – being physically unplugged from the power supply.  It’s very easy to leap to the conclusion that a blower is broken and call out an engineer only to be advised of the importance of plugging in your electrical items if you want them to work.

Action: Plug it in!

2)         Damaged Power Cord: Over time, if the blower is not properly installed, the power cord can become damaged causing the Secoh blower to stop working either permanently or intermittently and should be rectified immediately.

Action: Important: Disconnect the power.

Test the cords’ continuity with a multimeter set to one of the below symbols:

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Check the multimeter is working by touching the two probes together and wait for a sound or for the display to show a number at or near to 0.00. Then touch each end of the cable with the probe – paying close attention to the colour of the wire to ensure you are probing each end of the same wire. If you hear a continuous sound or the display stabilises at or around ‘0.00’ the cord has continuity.

It may be worth getting a helper to slowly flex the cord while testing it to see if there are any breaks but be aware that small breaks may remain undetected. Replace any power cord if you have reason to suspect internal damage.

3)         Power Supply Fault: One issue that could arise is a fault with the power supply itself.

Action: Check the power supply by plugging in another electrical item that is known to be working. If the item powers up, it is safe to assume the power supply is working fine.

4)         Auto-Stopper Activation: Most of the Secoh JDK range features a device designed to protect the blower in the case of a torn or warped diaphragm – the Auto-Stopper – essentially a switch that turns the unit off if there is an imbalance between the two opposing diaphragms.  Such imbalances can be caused by a diaphragm becoming damaged over time, providing less resistance to the movement of the magnet held between them. If you can see the warning light while the unit is not working, this is very likely to be the cause and is very easily rectified.

Action: Turn off the power. Move the auto-stopper back to its central position, put it all back together and then power the unit back up. If the Secoh blower begins working again without issue, the auto-stopper is likely to have been activated as a false positive.

If the blower begins working and then stops after a split second, it is likely that one or more of the diaphragms are damaged. Replace the diaphragm by purchasing one of these official Secoh diaphragm kits.

http://atacsolutions.com/spares-and-accessories/diaphragm-kits.html

5)         Off-set magnet: Secoh blowers function by rocking a magnet, suspended between two diaphragms, back and forth. Sometimes the magnet gets stuck to one of them and the blower will cease to function.

Action: Turn off the power and centralise the magnet. Sometimes the diaphragms have become ‘baggy’ due to overheating, so they no longer hold the magnet as centrally as it should. If you have experienced this problem, you might consider replacing the diaphragms.

So, there we have it. If you experience a problem that is not listed here or want to discuss any of them further why not contact us on 01622 822 400 and we will talk you through it.

Also, it is worth noting that the best approach for preventing any of the above issues is to perform regular maintenance by changing the diaphragms annually and treating your blower to a full service kit every three years. You can purchase a service kit by following the link below.

http://atacsolutions.com/spares-and-accessories/service-kits.html

 

Wet wipes are not flushed with success

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The phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is certainly pertinent when we talk about everything from rubbish disposal, food waste and anything to do with plumbing and sanitation. However, as Iain Thomson, senior business development engineer at ATAC describes, one tiny new development is causing chaos the length and breadth of the country. And the time for action is now.

We had a bit of good news this week. ITV News reported that, after serious pressure, wet wipes manufacturers will apply a ‘do not flush’ label to their products in a bid to stop blockages. Apparently the governing body for wet wipes, EDANA, has reported that its members, who include P&G and Johnson & Johnson, have given in to pressure by agreeing to re-label products with warnings not to flush them down the toilet.

But is this all a storm in a cistern? Between August 2015 and July 2016, Northumbrian Water was informed about 1,860 blockages in the area. As part of this, the company is reminding people that ‘only toilet paper, pee and poo go down the loo’.  It’s encouraging residents to pop nappies, cotton buds, cotton wool, wipes and other bathroom waste into a bin.

Most wet wipes do not biodegrade (and even the ones that claim they do take much longer to fall apart than ordinary toilet roll), so they get stuck in the sewers. Oil, grease and food products then build up around them, creating solid “fatbergs” like the 15 tonne blockage discovered under the streets of Kingston, Surrey, in 2013. This monster caused such a build-up of raw sewage in the system that it almost blew the lids off the local manholes.

At ATAC, 90% of our call-outs were as a result of problems involving sanitary ware, and practically all involved blockages due to wet wipes and other “foreign material” in the sewage and pipe system. In pumping systems, wet wipes block the impeller (the pump shaft).  They sit on top of a pump causing it to burn out; they disrupt the float mechanisms which are the devices which record levels in tanks giving inaccurate readings; and they clog up inlet pipes, especially in older clay pipes.

There is also a wider issue here, and it’s not just about us dealing with a particularly unpleasant disaster at a property when its strikes. It’s about the pressure being put on the UK’s burgeoning infrastructure system, in the face of new housing stock being built, often, off-grid.

I’ll give you an example. A couple of months ago I visited a developer whose collection of new-builds was completed off-grid. In just one household the disposal of wet wipes had caused untold damage to the system and resulted in all of the houses suffering what has been described as a catastrophic failure of the waste system, leading to massive insurance claims, appalling neighbourhood relations and a bill of £10,000 for the developer.  And we’re seeing examples like this with increased regularity.

So I’m heartened that at least manufacturers have stepped up to the plate on urging responsible disposal of wet wipes. But we need to go further and explain to all users – domestic and commercial – that individual responsibility is vital if we want to keep our taps running and our toilets flushing. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.

WARNING: The Flood is Coming

The sun may be shining but it’s a fair assumption that there is a flood coming. Over the past few years flooding has become one of the UK’s hottest environmental topics. For many years, winter brings the misery of damage to homes and businesses, lengthy clean ups and the uncertainty of when, or if, it will all happen again. The question is: why does this keep happening and what can be done?

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Wilo Hot Water Circulators Replacement Guide

In this post we will help you choose the recommended replacements for the Wilo Top- STop-SD and the Myson SE Circulator range. We can always help you further if you require, just give us a ring on 01622 882400 and we will be happy to speak to you.

Wilo Circulators ReplacementTo replace your existing Top-S or Top-SD pump there are two options; If you have an old Wilo Top- S or (SD) pump the replacement for this is the Wilo Stratos or Stratos D range – a Premium high- efficiency pump which can be linked to a building management system. For example, if you have Top-S 40/10 the high efficiency direct replacement will be Wilo Stratos 40/1-10.

If you have an old Wilo Top- S pump which is not linked to a building management system the replacement for this is the Wilo Yonos Maxo or Maxo D range – a Standard high- efficiency pump.  For example, if you have a Top-S 30/10 the direct replacement will be Wilo Yonos Maxo 30//0.5-10. 

We also have several enquiries for the Wilo Myson SE Range, this can be replaced with the Yonos Maxo range. For example, if you have the Myson SE125 the direct replacement will be the Yonos Maxo 25/0.5-7 no spacer kit needed. If you have the Myson SE150 the replacement will be Yonos Maxo 40/0.5-4 and you will need a 24mm spacer kit.

Please call us if you have any further questions!

NITTO-KOHKI (MEDO COMPRESSORS)

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Atac Solutions now stock Nitto-Kohki Air Compressors, Nitto-Kohkis a world-renowned Japanese designer and manufacturer of high-tech components, tools and machines.
Their products include pumping systems with a wide range of applications e.g. in medical equipment, waste water treatment systems, and many other applications. Moreover electric, hydraulic and pneumatic power tools for use in industrial environments such as grinders and needle scalers and couplings for use in industrial, medical, biotechnology, nuclear, semiconductor and computer fields.

The Nitto Kohki ‘MEDO’ range are renowned for their unsurpassable performance and life expectancy of their unique diaphragm-less “Linear-Shuttle” LA Series air blowers.
  • Lifetimes should easily exceed 5-10 years dependant on operating parameters and atmospheric conditions.
  • Long Service Life: The rated specifications enable continuous operation for over 20,000 hours.
  • Increased air flow and lower noise levels.

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Be Prepared for a Flood!

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Winter is officially here..and ATAC Solutions are here to help you safeguard your home against flooding year. It is essential to plan ahead, there are several ways you can do this..

Personal Flood Plan
You can start by creating a personal flood plan which will help you decide what practical actions to take before and during a flood. To find out more about flood plans and download templates visit the Environment Agency flooding pages. 

Flood Damage Insurance
It is highly advisable to set up flood damage insurance if you are in a risk area. Be aware some companies my not cover all the costs for damages caused by flooding, but it certainly gives peace of mind.

Prevention Methods
Strengthen vulnerable areas, doors and windows are the main areas that needs to be protected. Flood boards are a popular option with many people as well as sandbags. If you have a property that suffers from regular flooding sandbags are only a temporary measure! Installation of sewer non-return valves below ground can protect your property against sewage and grey water backing up to your toilets and sinks. These methods are a lot easier than people first think! contact us today for some help.
Good insulation is also the first step towards preventing freezing / burst pipes. It can also be worth opening up cabinets that conceal pipes, as well as your loft hatch, to allow warm air to reach your plumbing. Keep your heating on to at least 15 degrees centigrade for a little while each day to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. 

Invest
England is well known for its unpredictable weather…invest in a flood protection kit and do not get caught out! Atac Solutions have a page dedicated to flood help. Atac Solutions Flood Page

 Flood Contacts Important to you

  • Water Removal; Gov.uk have a range of people and resources who can help you
  • Flood Warnings; you can register online or call the floodline on 0345 988 1188 FLOODLINE
  • Home Insurance; The National Flood Forum

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 Atac Solutions Pump Shop..What We Recommend For You!

Generators - Even if you get a power cut generators will allow you to continue the running of your pump.
Submersible Drainage Pumps - We have a wide range of submersible pumps do not hesitate to give us a ring for some help choosing which one you need for your property.
Sandbags - We have ‘Floodsax’ clean easy to store and fit alternative to sandbags for the protection of property from flooding. They are filled with a super-absorbent polymer which when dry lay flat and weight only 200g. Great for storing in the dryer months! 
Accessories - Inclusive of Hoses, Hose Clips, Strainers..Visit Accessories

We are always here to help, contact ATAC Solutions today on T: 01622 882400

All New Secoh JDK Series Available from 13th October 2014!

ATAC Solutions will have the brand new JDK 150/200/250 Series available from 13th October 2014!

You heard it here first…

Product Characteristic’s:

  • Simple Maintenance
  • Long Lifecycle
  • Low Noise Level
  • Protective Switch Inclusive
  • Connecting Hose and Relief Valve Included
  • LED Service Light (Cable Option)
  • Aluminium Housing

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