Tuesday, October 12, 2010

radiant heating, radiant piping

radiant heating, radiant piping: "If you plan on renovating or remodeling on top of or in proximity of a radiant heating system, I highly recommend having your radiant piping completely examined and have all the buried pipes clearly marked out before you undertake any construction work. Without knowing where those radiant pipes are located, construction around a radiant area could become very expensive if one of those pipes all of the sudden becomes punctured.

I’ve had many radiant heating inspections where I’ve detected irregular patterns in the embedded radiant lines with irregular spacing between the pipes themselves (See image below). These particular heating pipes were not properly secured in place while the initial contractors were pouring mortar over them. This caused them to be pushed out of position, permanently causing an oblique installation. It’s always nice to know exactly where those radiant pipes are laid out and if they are all spaced out in a perfectly straight sequence. There are also instances where radiant heat coils can be close enough to many surfaces where you could end up driving a drill bit or other hardware right through one of those displaced pipes. That would cause you major down time and exorbitant expenses by having the radiant system shut down indefinitely and then paying contractors to jack hammer a good portion of the floor (or ceiling) in order to access and repair the leak that would have never happened in the first place if you hired a professional Thermographer (such as myself) to map out the entire radiant heating system.

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