It is estimated to be the coldest winter in 50 years so it has never been more vital to be anticipating freezing conditions by protecting buildings, equipment, and grounds against freeze damage. If your Storage tank or any pipework associated with your tank is susceptible to frost then following these tips will ensure your business is not affected by the harsh winter elements.
Whether you have a tank with Caustic Solution or Demineralised water, it is essential that when the ambient temperature drops your process tank runs efficiently. With some solutions your tank could be at risk from frost if there is a drop in temperature to as little as 10°C, at times even the most obvious answers can be over looked, here are some tips to ensure that your business will not be affected by the winter months.
- Check all Immersion Heaters are operating.
- Do you have sufficient kW in each tank?
- Check all leads for damage.
- If in doubt, Braude heaters may be returned for inspection and possible refurbishment .
- Check all temperature controllers are operating and in use.
- Verify temperature settings and test equipment accordingly. Braude’s range of temperature and liquid level controllers will ensure that your tank remains at a suitable setting at all times.
- A properly operating controller ensures you do not have to worry about the tank temperature.
- Inspect conditions of all surface heaters such as heating tapes, heating cable, drum heaters, tank heaters, and pipe heaters. Braude supply the Eltherm range of trace heating cables and equipment to complement our range of immersion heaters. These products complement the Braude range of heaters and extend from the metal-based industries to Chemical, Petrochemical, Food Processing and Construction amongst others. Products include self-regulating heating cable, high – temperature heating cable, control systems, thermal jackets.
- Look for damaged insulation on all external exposed cables.
- Pay special attention to valves. This is a major choke point and susceptible to damage.
- Identify areas where personal safety is at risk due to icy conditions.
- Develop a slip prevention maintenance plan.