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Preventing Legionella Contamination Through Thermal Insulation

New Spa Flourishes In Devon

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club’s £850,000 investment in a new spa has paid immediate dividends with the top West

Country resort reporting a 71% increase in revenue compared to 2013.

The popular resort has been inundated with enquiries from people eager to experience the new facilities since opening in the spring, with a further 23% rise in walk-in customers for the new swimming pool. Jamie Waugh, Managing Director at Dartmouth Golf & Country Club, said: “We are thrilled by the initial success of the Dartmouth Spa. We are extremely pleased with the renovations and it is highly rewarding to see it so popular among spa goers. “We believe the positive response is down to the extensive range of high-quality facilities and treatments – all of which offer exceptional value for money.” Following a four-month renovation, the Dartmouth Spa boasts a new indoor pool, sauna, steam room, spa and fully equipped gym. The ideal place to relax and unwind, the fully equipped spa facility includes three treatment rooms, a dual treatment room for couples, manicure and pedicure areas and relaxation room, while offering the very best in Elemis treatments. The unique Rasul experience can be enjoyed individually, as a couple or with a friend. The ancient Egyptian bathing ritual – renowned for its detoxifying properties – involves specially formulated muds, infused steams and a dedicated Rasul Chamber.

Legionnaires’ disease is an under-reported and severe form of pneumonia transmitted by pathogens in water. There is no reliable epidemiological data for the disease in Europe, but estimates vary between 10,000 and 20,000 cases per year. Contaminated air- conditioners, swimming pools or whirlpools and cooling towers are well-known sources of infection. One of the most important preventative measures is to insulate both hot and cold water pipes using suitable materials.

Armacell insulation materials protect hot and cold water pipes against unacceptable temperature fluctuations which can occur during the summer when the risk of legionella also rises. During holiday periods water stagnates in pipework, making HVAC and plumbing systems an ideal breeding ground for hazardous bacteria. A combination of measures are available to prevent microbial contamination. These include a number of operational, constructional and process-related measures to avoid a harmful multiplication of legionella and where possible, a combination of these should be implemented. Apart from ensuring that the water

circulates continuously through the pipework, it is also necessary to prevent unacceptable temperature decreases in hot water pipes and increases in cold water pipes. When hot and cold pipes are laid in one duct or wall cavity, or wherever water is not circulated regularly, Armacell recommends using what is known as 100% insulation, i.e. an insulation thickness which roughly corresponds to the pipework outer diameter. Armacell insulation materials including AF/Armaflex Class O, Armaflex Tuffcoat and Tubolit protect pipes against temperature increases and decreases. Due to their excellent technical properties, these insulation materials reliably prevent the temperature fluctuations in pipework and at the same time protect the installations against energy losses. The closed-cell material structure also prevents moisture ingress and corrosion of pipework.

Armacell UK Ltd 0161 287 7015

Home-Use Pool Lifts Designed Specifically For Residential Application

With its mission to create better mobility and accessibility solutions, LifeGuard Lift is offering homeowners a variety of affordable home-use pool lifts to satisfy all operating needs. A manufacturer of top-quality aquatic access equipment, LifeGuard Lift’s Home- Use product line allows users to operate the lift on the deck and in the water. The line includes Power Lift/Manual Rotation Lifts and Power Lift/Power Rotation Lifts. Users can mount lift in the deck or on the deck, and be seated in a sling or on a hard seat. The Home-Use lifts feature cement in sleeve anchor and a clinch pin design for easy as sembly and storage. Standard features include wireless controller with tether, removable battery, battery charger shut-off, sling with lift bars and lift strap set. In addition, all lifts have a weight capacity of

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350 lbs. and feature 360° rotation to ensure sufficient clear deck space for safe transfer on and off the lift.

Using only the finest materials and

processes to provide its customers with the highest quality products while maintaining a price competitive edge, the pool lifts are

constructed of high-strength aluminum and have a waterproof poly-coated actuator and Marine-grade powder coat paint for maximum durability and corrosion resistance. LifeGuard Lift’s Home-Use pool lifts are specifically designed for residential applications and multi-unit facilities. It is a perfect solution for those who are seeking a sensible solution for providing access to swimming pools for users with disabilities. The lifts are easy to operate and maintain, are transportable, reliable and priced to suit any budget.

The company are now looking for distributors in the UK.

LifeGuard Lift +1 800 688 3958

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