Rental Boiler Contingency Planning

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The time may come when you’ll need to rent boilers to keep your operations running smoothly, whether for an upcoming planned outage or to prepare for an emergency shutdown. Developing and implementing a contingency plan is crucial for ensuring you’re ready for either situation.

Boiler Contingency Planning Steps
The following checklist can help you prepare for a rental boiler contingency:

Perform Regular Maintenance on Existing Equipment
You can reduce the need for renting boilers — and implementing your contingency plan — by keeping your current boilers in peak condition. Performing scheduled boiler maintenance enables you to detect and correct minor issues before they become significant problems. Keep a detailed record of all your service-related activities to ensure accuracy and timeliness.

Install Contingency Piping
Speed is paramount when connecting rental boilers, especially during emergencies like natural disasters, power outages, fuel service interruptions and other situations where you have less time to prepare. Installing piping ahead of time can help reduce downtime by several days. Items to “hard-pipe” include steam, blowdown, natural gas and feed water lines.

You should also identify whether you have the appropriate utility connections for condensation return, makeup water, electrical power for external connections and water treatment.

Account for Bad Weather
If you’re in a colder climate, you’ll need to consider where you’ll be placing your temporary boiler rental setup to avoid exposing it to freezing temperatures. Outdoor control panels may also need shelter to protect them from rainy conditions.

Noise Considerations
Given the loud noise that many industrial boilers make, you should select a location for your boiler that won’t bother people working in nearby offices or other quiet areas. The spot you ultimately choose must have access to the appropriate connections and infrastructure.

Boiler Availability
Verify that the facility from which you intend to obtain the boiler has the right-sized equipment for your applications. A unit that’s too small might not meet your performance requirements, while an excessively large model would not be cost-efficient or energy-efficient.

Transportation and Installation Time
Factors like weekend shipments, congested roads, permitting delays and finding a responsive installation contractor can prevent a rental boiler from arriving at your facility and becoming operational when you need it. You’ll have to account for these potential disruptions in your boiler contingency plan.

Rental Agreement Evaluation
The terms of a rental agreement can vary widely between providers. Understanding what the document entails is essential to avoid potential financial and legal ramifications. This knowledge can also help you know what to expect from the company regarding its obligations and responsibilities to your business.

Contact Smith Hughes to Learn More
At Smith Hughes, we’ve been renting, selling, installing and servicing steam and hot water boilers and thermal fluid systems since 1946. Our nationwide boiler program can meet your company’s contingency planning needs. Our equipment is available 24/7/365 to ensure it’s ready to go whenever you need it.

Take the next step in boiler contingency planning and explore your rental options or contact us today.

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