Bob Caputo, Telgian’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, was recently interviewed by Retail Store Maintenance magazine for the July/August 2016 issue. In this article, Mr. Caputo shares the importance of proper planning for Winterization for Retail Stores, to ensure customer and employee safety and maximum energy efficiency.
Caputo suggests weekly maintenance on dry-pipe systems, especially areas subject to freezing, such as entry vestibules and loading docks. “In these systems,” he explained, “there is compressed air keeping the valve closed instead of water…. Condensation occurs within these systems because the compressor pumps hot air into the cold pipe, and there are drains for the condensation.”
In addition to the periodic inspections, additional attention is required to remove any water in the system that may potentially freeze. This additional water is typically due to condensation and draining of the water within the system. When this trapped water freezes within the sprinkler system, the result is often costly due to damaged pipe and/or property. To facilitate draining water out of dry sprinkler systems, most of these systems have drains called drum drips (also referred to as “auxiliary drains”, “drip legs” or “condensate drains”). (For a step by step guide to drum drip draining, please visit Telgian’s Dry Fire Sprinkler System Winterization Guide.)
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Telgian Engineering & Consulting is a full-service global engineering and risk mitigation consultancy specializing in complex, multi-discipline public and private sector projects. We provide professional services related to the protection of people, property, information, and organizational mission against preventable losses.
Telgian is a provider of strategic/enterprise risk management, fire protection engineering, industrial security, environmental health and safety, emergency management, operations continuity consulting, and construction administration services.
Our professionals are dedicated to delivering value through effective protection solutions that meet today’s risk challenges. In addition to a uniquely global perspective, we also provide in-depth knowledge of local, state, and federal compliance matters.
Since 1985, Telgian has worked hand-in-hand with clients such as architects, engineers, owners, developers, risk and facility management firms, construction teams and government agencies. In addition to security for the healthcare sector, we serve industry sectors that include healthcare, government, commercial, education, hospitality, industrial, and transportation throughout the US and abroad.