Long a symbol of winter, icicles hanging from buildings, plants and other objects are a staple of the cold months. Often considered to be beautiful and a classic part of the season, icicles can also be a dangerous disturbance.
Self-regulating freeze protection systems offer protection against burst water pipes, frozen roof gutters, ice or snow covered ramps, stairways and walkways. The use of these systems provides a reliable and long-term solution to costly damage or operational disturbances.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the dawn of another winter is upon us. The visions of fun outdoor winter activities can bring great joy to some while others may already be dreaming of next spring.
The temperature has begun to drop and in some places, there’s even been snow on the ground. The question at this point isn’t if it’s going to get cold, but rather how cold it’s going to get. Whether you are a fan of the season or not, the reality is that the weather is about to drastically shift.
Ice is one of the most dangerous elements that comes with winter weather. Whether it’s on buildings, plants, the ground or other objects, ice can be a disturbance that has effects on everyday life during the cold months in winter climates. Removing the risk of ice positively impacts safety. One way to melt ice is through self-regulating heat tracing cables.
When looking at any project, two types of costs come into consideration: Total Investment Cost (TIC) and Total Operating Cost (TOC). TIC includes the cost for materials, installation and is typically incurred in the project phase. On the other hand, TOC covers all the costs during the operational lifetime of the system such as energy, maintenance and the potential for unforeseen shutdowns or losses of production.
Ever since the discovery of large quantities of natural resources in arctic environments, governments have been attracted to further exploration and development of oil. In addition to the demand for oil, the potential for minerals, fisheries, marine transport, scientific exploration and research are also increasing. Expeditions with vessels, equipment and personnel face obstacles that come with the harsh climate and extreme temperatures.
Ice dams and icicles are some of the most dangerous hazards a roof can face during winter. Ice dams and icicles form when the snow that is accumulated on a roof beings to melt and then refreezes. The more snow that accumulates, the greater chance there is of this process continuing, which in turn increases the size and severity of the ice dams and icicles.
Building owners cannot afford to ignore the ever increasing cost of building damage and personal injury liability associated with winter weather conditions. Burst pipes, roof damage due to snow and ice, property or stock damage from melting ice, condensing boiler/heating system shutdown due to iced-up condensate pipe and building access problems due to snow have been sharply brought into focus.
Electric Heat Tracing is used in many process industries to maintain process fluids at the desired temperatures. A look at five common uses of heat-tracing applications can help users select the most appropriate technology for their application. These are the most commonly encountered needs in the industrial sector.
The freezing winter weather takes a toll on buildings and the infrastructure within them. Prolonged periods of freezing temperatures cause particular problems to exposed pipework around all types of buildings.