FOR years, the hotel industry has failed to find an effective solution to a simple problem – baths overflowing.
The clean up and repair bills that occur as a direct result of water damage from hotel baths overflowing run into millions of pounds every year.
Add to that the inconvenience of having to close rooms whilst repairs are carried out, resulting in potential loss of business, and the financial loss and frustration for hoteliers grows.
Following the launch of Nova-FloTM, a brand new, unique technology that utilises an innovative magnetic anti-overflow system, the issue looks soon set to be a thing of the past.
The product was officially launched at the Hotelympia Exhibition, held a couple of weeks ago at the ExCel Centre in London.
Speaking at the launch, James Barnham, the inventor of Nova-FloTM, said: “Anyone that operates within the hotel industry will admit that baths overflowing has been a major problem for hoteliers worldwide for years.
"There have been previous attempts at addressing the issue, but these have ultimately proved fruitless, with designs commonly based on electrical devices – something that doesn’t tend to mix well with water!
"“Nova-Flo is a truly unique, safe and simple to install device. It’s hassle free and once fitted requires no maintenance.
"We’re officially launching the product now but have already had expressions of interest from major chains and prestigious independent hotels.
"The feedback we have had so far on the product has been fantastic, with many people embracing Nova Flo as the answer to a very specific problem they have been encountering for years.”
Two years in design, Nova-FloTM utilises a magnetic system that automatically shuts off the water supply when water levels reach the existing overflow height.
The system has already won numerous awards, including the `Best Innovation in Building Services 2007` award at last year’s 2007 M&E Building Services Conference. Nova-FloTM also featured on the BBC ‘Dragon’s Den’ series, receiving investment offers from 3 of the 5 Dragons.
“Going on Dragon’s Den was a great experience but ultimately the investment offers we received weren’t at acceptable levels.
What the offers did tell me was that highly successful business entrepreneurs saw value in the product. The response from the international hotel sector since has confirmed the Dragons’ hunch that this has the potential to be a huge commercial success,” said Mr. Barnham.