Are your operating engineers doing freeze rounds? If not, they should be. Freezing conditions can cause huge problems for any facility. Sensors, no matter how up to date and calibrated they are, sometimes fail. Visual inspections are most important when temperatures drop below 32F for long periods of time.
Creating a documented freeze rounds process is a great way to make sure that you avoid any cold-related disasters.
When temperatures are in the freezing range, you should conduct the following visual inspections (and be sure to document it!)…
Verify that unit heaters are on and working in freeze prone areas, such as:
- Stairwells – (Sprinkler and Standpipe)
- Mechanical rooms – (Areas that are least visited)
- Any other place with exposed pipes
On top of that, make sure:
- Heat tracing on exposed pipes are working. (Cooling towers, water tanks, and outdoor water connections that you forgot to drain down.)
- All outside doors are closed. (It’s that one door that someone left open by accident overnight.)
- Outside dampers are closed (Verify actuators are operating and visually inspect the damper position.)
Freeze rounds consist of things you’re probably already doing however, ensuring a process is put into place, reminds you that all areas are covered.
Protect your building and avoid the costly damages that you won’t find out about until it’s too late.
LogCheck is a great way to keep track of your freeze rounds.