Mechanical Insulation Maintenance and Repair Options – BIC Magazine | CarTailz

“Something’s happening here, but it’s not entirely clear what it is… Hey, what’s that sound? Everyone look, what’s going on?”

These lyrics are from the 1966 Buffalo Springfield song “For What It’s Worth,” written by songwriter and musician Stephen Stills. The band got their name from a steamroller parked outside – it was made by the Springfield, Ohio-based Buffalo Springfield steamroller company. Stills said in an interview that the song’s name came about when he introduced it to record company executives, saying, “I’ve got this song here, for what it’s worth, if you want it.” The song comes for this one Article in the Game – not as a song calling for peace during a time of rioting on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles – but via the above lyrics calling on all mechanical isolation owners to wake up, be aware and take better care of it pay attention to insulation systems.

So how do we do it and why is this important?

Coming back to a still highly topical article that appeared in the June 2014 issue of isolation outlook that has made an excellent contribution to the inspection and maintenance of insulation systems: “Insulation systems require regular inspection and maintenance. While inspection and maintenance are the responsibility of the owner, many insulation systems are often ignored. Over time, insulation systems can become damaged, and if not repaired or replaced, can become ineffective. External surface inspection should include checking for signs of cracking, distortion, damage or corrosion; Detection of hot spots on high temperature systems; and condensation and icing in low temperature systems.”

Now is a good time to mention the benefits of being certified as a National Insulation Association (NIA) thermal insulation inspectorwhich can help determine if your system meets specifications and the Insulation Energy Appraisal Program. A program assessor will evaluate your insulation system for energy savings and missing or damaged insulation. (See isolation.org/inspector and isolation.org/training/ieap for more information.)

When it comes to energy efficiency or process control for insulation, the assessment provides a method of quantifying the results in BTUs of energy saved per year—thus calculating the dollars of energy saved per year. By looking at each perimeter separately (e.g., a pipe of a certain size and temperature), one can quantify the amount of energy lost and the dollar value of that energy loss.

In a July 2007 isolation outlook Article Gordon Hart described an energy survey company that performed insulation surveys for various clients. At a chemical plant, the assessor identified approximately 11,000 details (spots requiring insulation replacement or repair) covering a total area of ​​45,000 square feet. This included many uninsulated valves and flanges, resulting in huge, unnecessary heat losses and safety hazards (due to the high temperatures that can cause burns). The overall estimate for the insulation replacement was approximately $2.2 million, or $200 per detail, including the cost of removing and disposing of the old insulation, new insulation materials, labor for installation, scaffolding if necessary, and other additional costs. Because the facility typically spent $300,000 to $400,000 a year on insulation maintenance, the estimate of $2.2 million was more than the facility’s owners were willing to spend at one time. Consequently, the assessor prioritized the details related to heat loss. Facility management was then able to focus on the work that saved the most energy before moving on to the details that brought in slightly less money. By prioritizing, facilities management got all the work done over time.

The final result

Well-maintained thermal insulation reduces heat loss and saves money. Damaged insulation saves less money, and missing insulation saves no money at all. Every day you ignore damaged or missing insulation is another day you pay the high cost of wasted energy. This is no time to waste energy.

For more information, visit isolation.org or email president@insulation.org.

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