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Sensing Techniques to Consider Before Selecting a Heat Tracing System

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Mar 7, 2018 11:17:00 AM

When selecting and designing a trace heating system, different aspects such as cost, reliability or efficiency are often some of the first criteria to come to mind. But one of the most important aspects of this decision includes choosing which sensing method to rely on. Factors that can influence which sensing method is best for your application include whether or not the system is required to be controlled based on ambient or pipe surface temperature.

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Topics: Flow Assurance, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Surface Snow Melting, Long Line Heating, High Temperature Heat Tracing, Process Temperature Maintenance, Pipe Freeze Protection, Electric Heat Tracing, Commercial Applications, Industrial Applications, Winter Performance

Protecting Buildings from Snow and Ice

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Feb 14, 2018 9:46:42 AM

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.”

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Topics: Residential Applications, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Surface Snow Melting, Winter Safety, Winter Preparation, Electric Heat Tracing

Avoid Winter Emergencies Through Protection and Prevention

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 11, 2018 1:20:29 PM

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. 

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Topics: Residential Applications, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Surface Snow Melting, Pipe Freeze Protection, Winter Safety, Commercial Applications, Winter Preparation

Conserving Historic Buildings With Aesthetically Pleasing Roof Ice Melt Systems

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Jan 4, 2018 6:59:50 AM

It is becoming increasingly important for architects to focus on the conservation and renovation of older buildings, opposed to designing and creating new ones. Preserving historic architecture and the beauty that comes with it is a top priority for many projects and both architects and engineers want to be able to complete any renovations while keeping the original aesthetics in place.

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Topics: Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Residential Applications, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Winter Performance, Winter Safety

Proactive Measures That Will Make You Love Winter

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 28, 2017 10:22:13 AM

As winter arrives in full force, so too do the Holidays. With everyone gearing up to get ready for time with family and friends this holiday season, many routine tasks can get lost in the holiday shuffle. While some priorities may shift during the Holidays, one that can’t be forgotten is protecting your home against winter’s elements.

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Topics: Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Surface Snow Melting, Winter Preparation, Residential Applications

What Happens When Icicles Form?

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 30, 2017 6:13:01 AM

Long a symbol of winter, icicles hanging from buildings, plants and other objects are a staple of the cold months. Often considered to be beautiful and a classic part of the season, icicles can also be a dangerous disturbance.

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Topics: Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Winter Safety, Winter Preparation

How Do Self-Regulating Heating Cables Work?

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 28, 2017 3:43:15 PM

Self-regulating freeze protection systems offer protection against burst water pipes, frozen roof gutters, ice or snow covered ramps, stairways and walkways. The use of these systems provides a reliable and long-term solution to costly damage or operational disturbances.

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Topics: Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Surface Snow Melting, Winter Safety

A Clever Way to Melt the Ice

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 16, 2017 8:08:04 AM

Ice is one of the most dangerous elements that comes with winter weather. Whether it’s on buildings, plants, the ground or other objects, ice can be a disturbance that has effects on everyday life during the cold months in winter climates. Removing the risk of ice positively impacts safety. One way to melt ice is through self-regulating heat tracing cables.

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Topics: Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Winter Preparation, Winter Safety

How RIM Systems Can Protect Your Roof

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 7, 2017 4:50:51 AM

Ice dams and icicles are some of the most dangerous hazards a roof can face during winter. Ice dams and icicles form when the snow that is accumulated on a roof beings to melt and then refreezes. The more snow that accumulates, the greater chance there is of this process continuing, which in turn increases the size and severity of the ice dams and icicles.

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Topics: Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Winter Safety

Long-Term Preventative Measures to Consider Before Winter

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 2, 2017 9:17:46 AM

Building owners cannot afford to ignore the ever increasing cost of building damage and personal injury liability associated with winter weather conditions. Burst pipes, roof damage due to snow and ice, property or stock damage from melting ice, condensing boiler/heating system shutdown due to iced-up condensate pipe and building access problems due to snow have been sharply brought into focus. 

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Topics: Electric Heat Tracing, Commercial Applications, Pipe Freeze Protection, Surface Snow Melting, Roof & Gutter De-Icing, Winter Preparation, Winter Safety

The nVent RAYCHEM Love Winter Blog

Winter is a time to enjoy, not to fear the hardships it sometimes brings. In this blog, our Raychem Winter Experts share knowledge and tips on how to take the stress out of the colder days of the year. We specialize in keeping:

  • processes and operations running smoothly in industrial environments
  • buildings, infrastructure and the people using them safe from harm in commercial and residential environments.

No matter how extreme the weather conditions, Raychem winter solutions offer the best insurance for your processes and property against snow and ice-related emergencies.

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