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TripleGuard

TripleGuard

TripleGuard consists of two products that are maintenance-free and installable in less than an hour: (1) the TripleGuard Leak Detection Kit for total building protection; and (2) the TripleGuard All-In-One Unit designed mainly for single source protection such as water heaters.

While the plumbing industry currently has many leak detectors, few brands actually proactively stop water flow and subsequent property damage while also enabling the user with cloud-based control remotely or onsite via smartphones or the Internet. “Statistics reveal North American water damage insurance claims total billions of dollars annually and 250-gallons (946- liters) of water can potentially leak daily from just an 1/8-inch (3-mm) crack in a pipe,” said
Brian Ilagan, TripleGuard senior product manager. The TripleGuard Leak Detection Kit includes:

  • Actuator shutoff unit for the supply water line. The actuator is a high-torque
    design that fits over a 3/4, 1, or 1-1/4-inch (228, 305, 381-mm) ball valve (sold
    separately) on a building or zone’s primary water supply piping. It operates
    wireless with 4 AA batteries. The actuator is designed to withstand fullysubmersed natural flooding situations and in temperature extremes from -4°F to
    124°F (-20°C to 51°C) temperatures The actuator automatically closes and opens
    the ball valve monthly to proactively prevent scale buildup, thus requiring no
    maintenance other than battery replacement every four years;
  • Two water leak detectors. The sensors require two AA-batteries and placement
    under a potential water leak source. Maintenance requires battery change out
    every two years;
  • A Cloud-connected HUB. A 915-Mhz wireless device connects to the Cloud via
    Wi-Fi or a hard-wired modem Ethernet connection. The smart device accepts
    wireless communications from the sensors, and then monitors sensor status
    (scalable up to 30 sensors/HUB). When a sensor detects water, the HUB receives
    the communication and then wirelessly signals the actuator to close. HUB
    maintains a historical record of sensors for troubleshooting and status reports.
  • A smartphone app. The app allows remote access to the HUB for monitoring and
    controlling operation. The app can also be used to manually shutdown the
    building or HUB zone water supply remotely when unoccupied.
    The TripleGuard All-In-One Unit is a one-piece actuator valve that monitors and detects
    water heater leaks. Its single 10-foot-long (3-meter), umbilical cord-connected sensor placed in
    the water heater pan automatically deactivates the cold water shutoff valve when detecting a
    water leak presence. “Statistics reports that 75-percent of water heaters fail within 12 years and
    cause property damage,” added Ilagan.
    The TripleGuard product line’s other features include:
  • One-year product warranty;
  • Valve is NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (NSF-61) and NSF-372 certified for potable
    water;
  • Multiple kits can be observed simultaneously on a manifest monitoring system for
    Home Owner Associations (HOA), multi-family housing management
    departments, and other overseers of large facilities with multiple units:
  • Potential for reducing property insurance premiums and satisfying insurers’ water
    leak policy provisions;
  • Future generations will integrate with Internet of Things (IoT) platforms;

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14 Jan

ArmorPad™, High-Strength & Light-Weight

ArmorPad’s light weight requires only one installer to transport; durable polymer shell resists UV, cracking, crumbling and spalling of its cementitious competition.

 

The ArmorPad is constructed of a dense foam core base enveloped in a shell of durable polymer on five sides that aesthetically simulates the texture and color of gray concrete. The entire product line of 24, 30, 32, 36, and 40-inch-square (61, 76, 81, 91, 101-cm2) x 3-inch-high (7.6-cm) models saves jobsite costs, because only one person is needed to transport and install it. For example, a 36-inch-square x 3-inch-high ArmorPad weighs only 8-pounds (3.6-kg) versus competing foam core pads with cementitious shells weighing 35-pounds (15.8-kg), or solid concrete pads weighing more than 300-pounds (136-kg).

ArmorPads also surpass the competition in durability tests, which prove the weight of a truck driving over it can’t crush it, drilling into it can’t crumble or crack the polymer shell, landscaping implements can’t spall the surface, and equipment weight of even the largest of residential condensers can’t indent or depress it.

The ArmorPad polymer shell is not sprayed on, but rather molded into a one-piece, strong and durable extrusion that’s compliant with ASTM D-2299 standard “Recommended Practice for Determining Relative Stain Resistance of Plastics.” The polymer surface perpetuates a brand new appearance, because of its built-in resistance to UV degradation, coil cleaning chemicals, landscaping chemicals, weather and canine urine.

The ArmorPads also boast the industry’s most dense foam core, which minimizes permanent compression damage and holds anchors securely. The foam core bottom also features a unique foil-backing that resists moisture and an embedded chemical repellent that deters burrowing animals and insects.

Other ArmorPad features include:

  • Design and performance-tested in the field with contractor focus groups;
  • Designed for 90-percent of the industry’s condenser sizes of up to five-ton systems. Additional size introductions are planned in the future;
  • Ideal for retrofits where larger, more efficient condenser replacements require a larger or new equipment mounting pad;
  • Can be secured onto and cantilevered out over smaller unsightly, but structurally-sound existing pads during retrofits;
  • Easily accepts and securely holds drilled-in hurricane clip anchors in high wind zones;
  • Available through most traditional wholesale HVAC/R distributors.

For additional information on the ArmorPad product line or other HVAC/R products from RectorSeal, visit www.rectorseal.com email: marketing@rectorseal.com; or call 800-231-3345.

 

 

18 Feb

Desolv™ | Mini-split Evaporator Coil Cleaning Kit

Rinse the coil, and all other surfaces which were sprayed, with water until all of the Desolv product has been removed.
Note: Desolv is self-rinsing from evaporator coil fins during condensate production of normal AC operation, but rinsing the coil fins with water should be performed after the application of Desolv to ensure the best results.

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19 Oct

Q&A: U Bend, B Vent, Code Compliant?

Photo credit: TheDrPepper

Q: Only seen a couple of these around Chicago. Is this a code compliant exhaust cap? Was told it was because “rain kept blowing into the cap and dripping down the vent pipes.”

It is for natural gas furnaces (second floor) that connects to an upper units venting (3rd floor) and then out.

– TheDrPepper

A: Assuming it’s venting a category 1 appliance, no. At no point should a natural draft vent system slope downward. If the cap is leaking, get one that doesn’t. NFPA 54 section 12.7.2 -Gas Vent Termination – Tony3696

NFPA 54 section 12.7.2 -Gas Vent Termination
Page 229 has a pic of what is acceptable. It does not mention a U bend.  – 33445delray

17 Oct

SureSeal: Eliminate Sewer Gas and Evaporation

Using SureSeal Waterless Floor Drain Trap seals to Eliminate Sewer Gas and Evaporation

by Rick Ensley, SureSeal product manager, RectorSeal Corp.

Sewer gas rising from floor drains might be an unhealthy nuisance for commercial building owners and homeowners, but for plumbing service contractors, it should be a breath of fresh air for aftermarket and service call add-on sales that increase profits.

The common cause of sewer odors in floor drains is the evaporation of the gas-blocking water trap seal that prevents sewer gas egress through a floor drain P-trap. It’s especially common with infrequently used drains. Once evaporated, the trap seal is broken leaving nothing to block a steady supply of unfettered sewer gas rising up into the occupant’s breathing zones. Sewer gas is suspected of carrying airborne biological contaminants that can lead to SARS (Coronavirus), Legionnaire’s and other diseases.

Plumbing service contractors have four alternative remedies to this problem and not all of them are foolproof:

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12 Oct