A furniture business in the United Kingdom had been advised by a sprinkler system maintenance company that the only solution to repair leaking pipework in the roof of their workshop was a full replacement. They needed a cheaper and more convenient alternative.
The leak in question was a small pinhole on a tee section of pipework located in the roof of the furniture company’s factory. The height involved meant that gaining access to the pipe was problematic.
There were other issues too. The section of the sprinkler system which was leaking was perilously close to the incoming electricity supply. Any water that escaped the pipe was therefore in danger of encountering the warehouse’s electrics.
There was also the prospect of water coming into contact with the furniture that was being manufactured and stored within the facility, not to mention the safety issues surrounding a faulty sprinkler system in the event that a fire struck the building.
The first action of the furniture company was to contact a sprinkler maintenance specialist. They carried out an inspection of the problem and noting the challenges surrounding the height of the pipe and the leak’s position on a tee section, advised that the only solution was a full pipe replacement.
There were no guarantees that this would be successful either, such were the complications surrounding the repair. The furniture company would therefore have been investing a lot of money and time into a solution that might not even work.
Instead, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Firstly, they investigated the possibility of using a pipe repair clamp. This was quickly ruled out due to the leak being directly below the tee section.
Once the hand-kneaded putty had been applied, it was overwrapped with a SylWrap Pipe Repair Bandage which set rock-hard to provide a permanent repair.
The furniture company waited 24 hours after completing the repair before turning the system back on. They did have some concerns as the pinhole was under 8 bar pressure but with the SylWrap Standard Pipe Repair Kit being pressure resistant up to 30 bar, the solution was a complete success.
Once the sprinkler system repair had been completed, the furniture company got in contact to say, “We found the repair putty and the bandage very easy to use and will no doubt be using Sylmasta products again.”
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