We usually start thinking about freeze protection measures as the cold temperatures of winter get closer. However, others don’t think worry this until it’s too late, and they have to cope with a frozen or damaged water line. People that work in regions where extreme weather conditions are the norm, can’t leave proper preparation up to chance. They make sure that their personnel and equipment is protected at all times and year-round.
Deciding which method of heat tracing is best for your application is a tough decision that involves many factors. Cost, effectiveness, environment and more are all different aspects to consider when making this decision. Typically, the decision comes down to one of two forms of heat tracing: steam or electric. While Steam Tracing has historically been a more common form of heat tracing, advances in modern technology have made electric a desirable route to go as well.
How do you protect your building? The best protection is prevention. Heavy snow and the pattern of repeated freezing and thawing can create ice dams that destroy roofs, gutters, and downspouts and allow water to leak through interior walls and damage possessions. According to ASHRAE: “90% of all building failures in the United States are related to moisture.”
Recent snowstorms have impacted transportation for millions along the east coast of North America. Among the areas affected by the inclement weather is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, the New York City area. With weather disturbances comes the risk of mass transit systems like rail transportation being delayed and potentially being out of service.
How to Do Maintenance
Back in October, we discussed how you could prepare your plant for winter with tips on winter safety in industrial applications. Today, we’re discussing how to do maintenance when a fault is found on self-regulating heating cables.
Self-regulating heating cables are the preferred choice for many complex pipe-tracing projects due to their ingenious technology and ability to be used in hazardous and dangerous environments. Self-regulating heating cables are able to adapt their heat output dependent on ambient temperature and will only provide heat when and where it is needed.
This video shows exactly how the self-regulating technology works:
Determining the total length of heating cable needed for a project can be a challenge. With many factors such as size and space available to consider, the task can seem daunting, especially for larger projects with more infrastructure to consider.
One of the harshest characteristics of winter is the cold weather. With ambient temperatures falling past the freezing point, strict temperature maintenance and control of fluid systems is a challenge that must be addressed in order for operations to continue without interruption.
For decades, many international and country sponsored agencies as well as many multinational oil companies have developed a raft of requirements, guidelines and recommendations regarding marine vessels, oil equipment and personnel safety that operate in cold and/or polar ice-covered waters.
Recent occurrences of harsh snowstorms and extreme temperatures are taking their toll on North America with more projected to come. Whether its icicles falling and harming those below, burst water pipes, or general building damage, people are experiencing the effects of bitter cold, snow and ice in daily life.