Are Your Pipes Frozen?

Below are some key tips that you should follow to prevent a disaster at your place of business:

 

 

 

 

                     Insulate all attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, electric and mechanical chases, and access doors that are not properly sealed.

                     Ensure that there are proper seals on all doors and windows. Depending on the building or room size, fan tests can be conducted to ensure room and pressurization tests.

                     Seal all wall cracks and penetrations including domestic and fire protection lines, electrical conduit, other utility service line, etc.

                     Sprinkler systems should be constantly monitored by an attended central station to provide early detection of a sprinkler pipe rupture due to freezing.

                     Insulation and/or heat trace tape with a reliable power source may be installed on various wet sprinkler system piping. This includes main lines coming up from underground passing through a wall as well as sprinkler branch lines.

                     UL-approved gas or electric unit heaters can be installed in unheated sprinkler control valve/fire pump rooms. If back up power is provided, the heaters should also be connected to this power source.

 

Author: Michael S. Weaverling, CSP, VP Client Resource Services

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