CHALLENGES FACED BY THE FIRE SPRINKLER INDUSTRY

The benefits of automatic fire sprinkler systems should be obvious. Unfortunately, the industry still faces opposition on the way they operate, the cost of the system and the overall effectiveness. Major misconceptions about fire sprinkler systems continue to show their face despite ample information that dispels these rumors. Here are some common myths about the systems and the reasons why they are incorrect.

Smoke Detector Fire AlarmMyth #1: Water damage from a sprinkler system will be more extensive than fire damage.
Fact
: Water damage from a fire sprinkler system is generally much less severe than the damage caused by water from fire-fighting hose lines or smoke and fire damage if the fire goes unabated. For example, in residences with fire sprinklers, property losses are 85 percent less when compared to those without sprinklers. Quick response sprinklers release 13-24 gallons of water per minute compared to 100-250 gallons per minute released by a fire hose.

Myth #2: A smoke detector is enough protection.
Fact
: Smoke detectors can save lives by providing a warning system. But it does nothing to extinguish a fire or protect those physically unable to escape on their own, such as the elderly or small children. Though nearly 90 percent of U.S. homes have at least one smoke detector, only 60 percent have working detectors, often because of dead or missing batteries.

Myth #3: When a fire occurs, every sprinkler goes off.
Fact
: Unlike what is often mistakenly portrayed in the movies, sprinklers are individually activated by heat. Residential fires are usually controlled with one operating sprinkler. Ninety percent of all commercial fires are controlled with six or fewer sprinklers.

A2000027 Wolverine Worldwide (fire) FULL RES DSC_9826Myth #4: Automatic fire sprinkler systems are too expensive.
Fact
: The cost associated with installing an automatic fire sprinkler system depends on several factors, such as the location, size, and type of construction and intended use of the structure. Typically, the cost of installing a system during the construction of a new home ranges between 1 to 11/2 percent of the total cost of the home. That is about the same cost as upgrading your choice of carpeting. But, sprinklers give the added value of a lifesaving feature. Installing a typical wet pipe sprinkler system in a new office building is about 5 percent of the total building cost.

As you can see no matter if you are a commercial or residential location, it is usually much less expensive to install a system than to replace and/or repair the damage caused by a fire in a building that is not protected with sprinklers.

Fabricating for the Future

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by Dan Holland

Over the years, I have been blessed to be a part of a growing trend within our industry and I am very passionate about it. I’m talking about Fabrication.

Fabrication was around long before my time. TP Mechanical has done fabrication of sorts for many years, and I remember my first experience with it when I was working in the field. In 1998, I was working on a school with a lot of plumbing piping located in masonry walls. I was still learning about different material types and installations at the time, but we fabricated all of the piping on the job-site before installing it in the block walls.

There were different masonry crews scattered across the job site, and they were laying up different wall sections every day. We had to work hard to stay right with them to make sure all of our piping made it within the walls.

Our job superintendent devised a plan to make it easier for us to stay ahead. He worked late every day and made hand sketches of the piping that was located within the walls and provided the drawings and material necessary to make it happen. He split our job site into two crews: one crew was in charge of fabricating the piping sections and the other was in charge of installing them. I was selected for the fabrication team. We set up our shop within a material trailer located on site. By doing this we could work rain or shine to stay ahead of the install team and the masonry contractor.

DSC_5063 fab shop product catalog 10-23-13We continued this process throughout the job and the project was very successful. That was 16 years ago this June. That project has always been part of me throughout my career. I have been fortunate enough to be on many job-sites and facilities across the country and even traveled to Europe to evaluate and learn fabrication techniques. I can honestly say that no one does it better than TP Mechanical.

TP Mechanical’s leadership saw the growing need for fabrication in our industry early on. They went full steam ahead to make the investment in a state-of-the-art fabrication facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. Out of this facility, TP Mechanical provides all fabrication needed for its job-sites as well as for outside customers. We build Plumbing, HVAC, Fire Protection and Medical Gas systems of all sorts. We have even established remote fabrication facilities near construction sites to improve speed and efficiency.

The culture at TP Mechanical has grown to welcome fabrication at all levels because our teams see the benefits for the projects, our customers and the industry alike.

With fabrication TP Mechanical can provide products just-in-time to the projects. We utilize a safe work environment andDSC_2266 OSU NRDT-Tep #B1000303 shave days, weeks or even months off of construction schedules. Everyone benefits from Fabrication. Properly planned fabrication can reduce safety hazard exposure on the job-site, keep unwanted materials off of the job-site, reduce waste from construction landfills, improve construction logistics and reduce installation time, therefore enhancing construction schedules.

I am proud to be a part of the Fabrication workforce at TP Mechanical because we care about our customers and we are making a difference in our industry. Fabrication has been around for a while, but it is quickly evolving into a bright future. What are you fabricating?

 

 

Fire Sprinkler Systems: Saving Lives and Property

Presented & Provided by TP Mechanical

Fire protection is an integral part of every business. Ensuring that in case of a fire, your company’s property and the safety of your employees are protected. While we understand that cost is on every company’s mind, we invite you to take a moment to learn how fire sprinkler systems are not only beneficial for safety concerns but also cost effective.

A2000027 Wolverine Worldwide (fire) FULL RES DSC_9800The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that when sprinklers are present, the chances of dying in a fire are reduced by one-half to three-fourths. The average property loss per fire is cut by one-half to two-thirds, when compared to fires where sprinklers are not present*.

Many argue that fire sprinklers are too expensive when they are not a code requirement. At a cost of around $1.50 per square foot of new construction, the ROI for a fire system easily surpasses the risk of damage that would be done without one.

Some people believe that sprinklers cause more damage in a fire. False again. When a fire is detected, only the nearest fire sprinkler(s) are triggered, thus localizing the water damage and possibly resulting in only having to replace some carpeting and/or furniture. The sprinkler heads react to temperatures in each room individually. Think of the cost of replacing your entire building and everything in it, versus just one room.

A2000027 Wolverine Worldwide (fire) FULL RES DSC_9812Water damage has to be an issue right? Actually, more than 90% of fires are controlled by four sprinklers or less. At about 25 gallons per minute, per sprinkler, there would far less damage and clean-up when compared to the amount of water used by fire department hoses. Not only would the sprinkler system be the first line of defense, it also is connected to an alarm panel that would speed up the process of notifying the fire department.

Fire protection systems can be utilized to protect not only your property it can save lives. We hope that you will consider giving us a call regarding our fire protection capabilities and what we can do to enhance your current fire protection system.

Custom Prefabrication. Your Job. Your Specifications.

We are excited to announce the launch of our TP Mechanical Fabrication Shop website, www.TPFabricationShop.com, which will offer customers and potential customers, custom fabricated construction materials shipped directly to their job site.

The new website makes it easy for customers to create an account, describe their project and details about the products they need and upload their drawings and schematics. The TP Mechanical team will deliver a quote to customers promptly. The website also offers a comprehensive catalog of prefabricated building products, each can be customized to meet the specifications of a particular job.

The TP Mechanical Fabrication Shop is a one-stop-shop for the building materials a contractor needs to complete a job efficiently and cost effectively.

TPMechanical_MiamiValleyHospitalSouthTowerAdditionOur fabrication shop is a 45,000-square-foot ISO-registered facility, staffed by skilled tradesmen, using state-of-the-art building information modeling (BIM) technologies. The shop fabricates a variety of products used in HVAC, plumbing and fire protection construction, including corridor system mechanical racks; CPVC, PVC and copper pipe assemblies; pipe hangers and supports; equipment skids and carrier groups.

Contractors and construction companies can utilize prefabrication to help shorten their time schedule, reduce material waste at the job site and ultimately provide cost savings.

For more information about the fabrication shop and our capabilities, visit our website today or call Jef Schachleiter, Internal Operations Manager for TP Mechanical, at 513-842-5910.

TP Mechanical Earns ISO Certification for Fabrication Shop

We’re excited to announce our fabrication shop is now CERTIFIED for ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems.

Our registration reads, “prefabrication of components for the purpose of fast-track construction in the piping, mechanical plumbing and fire protection fields.” Our ISO compliance is registered through Eagle Registrations, Inc., an ANAB accredited firm.

EAGLE_RegistarationQMSLogo  ANAB_Mark

Why is this important?

At TP Mechanical, we’ve always strive to do things the right way. Now, a third-party organization has reviewed our processes and put their stamp of approval on them. They agree that we have what it takes to make quality fabricated products for mechanical piping, plumbing and fire protection.

The fabrication shop, a 45,000-square-foot facility, is staffed by skilled tradesmen relying on state-of-the-art modeling technologies to produce custom fabricated mechanical parts. The shop fabricates a variety of materials used in HVAC, plumbing and fire protection construction. The products include steel, cast iron, CPVC, PVC and copper pipe assemblies, pipe hangers and supports, equipment and pump skids and carrier groups.

What is ISO?

The ISO 9001 system integrates a company’s internal processes to facilitate a coordinated approach for managing the business. Certified companies have implemented a system to identify, measure, control and improve the core business processes, ultimately leading to improved business performance.

Why fabrication?

Fabrication allows us to serve our customers more effectively:

  • Shorten construction schedules
  • Enhance quality
  • Reduce materials cost
  • Decrease waste and scrap

TP Mechanical’s unique fabrication capabilities streamline the construction process by accelerating production and installation time while shortening construction timelines. It can also eliminate delays due to inclement weather, prevent scheduling conflicts, reduce material waste and improve safety of workers at the job site. Fabrication can also ensure pricing accuracy, enhance quality and consistency and allow for truly custom solutions for every project challenge.

Congratulations to everyone at TP Mechanical who has contributed to this achievement, especially Dan Holland, Rick Absher and Jef Schachleiter for their efforts in pursuing the certification. We’re excited to be able to deliver ISO-registered quality to our customers.

Don’t worry. Be happy.

TriMold Fire Protection System

Do you know that song by Bob Marley? The one that goes “in every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double, don’t worry, be happy…”

We were in the mood for a little reggae and when we heard this song, it reminded us of a project we recently completed.

In our industry – in the “construction life” in Bob Marley terms – we face a lot of challenges. But we don’t worry and neither should our clients, because one of TP Mechanical’s greatest strengths is our ability to tackle the toughest projects. People hire us because they know we can handle the unusual jobs, and we’re used to it by now. With a little optimism and a LOT of thinking outside the box, we believe anything is possible.

TriMold LLC, a plastic supplier for Honda, first came to us because they had a mandated adjudication order from the local authority to install fire sprinklers in their facilities.

We knew this job would require some above-average TLC to handle the high-hazard commodities and production systems of this type of facility. But as we worked on the initial designs, we realized right away that this project was going to be a great example of the TP Mechanical team rising to the challenge.

We know our clients have a lot more to do when running their business than deal with the extra tasks involved with installing a fire protection system to remain compliant. That’s why we strive to provide comprehensive customer service. Before we were even awarded the job, we went the extra mile and devised some preliminary designs to figure out the scope of the project and then handled getting preliminary approval from the local building officials.

For starters, the facility was located in an area with minimal infrastructure, so the water supply was not sufficient enough to meet the standards of the design.

No problem, we said.

We engineered a system that included an above ground 200,000-gallon water storage tank, a diesel engine-driven fire pump, a pump house structure, new underground piping and three fully-sprinklered buildings. Additionally, we provided footings and foundations for the new tank and pump house.

When our team – led by jobsite superintendent Dan Miller – started on site, they discovered that the poor soil conditions would not support the foundation of the 834-ton, 32’ X 34’ water tank.

No problem, we said.

We went back to the drawing board, did some research and utilized Geopier technology to ensure soil stabilization.

The rest of the project had a few more little blips, but nothing we couldn’t handle. We worked around a fully-occupied facility so that TriMold could go about their business as usual. Like always, we worked tirelessly to make sure that we provided superior customer service by employing our high standard of safety, working clean and providing consistent communication and regular updates. We delivered a top-of-the-line fire protection system, on time and in budget.

We tell you all this because we understand what you’re going through. We understand that dealing with a project of this magnitude is costly and time consuming. We also understand that actions speak louder than words, and this story shows that we strive to provide superior customer service. Let us worry about it so you don’t have to. That’ll make you happy, right? Worked for TriMold, and it can work for you too.

Mentoring relationship growth article featuring TP Mechanical and Sure Mechanical

TP Mechanical and SURE Mechanical leverage mentoring relationship for growth

TP Mechanical, a regional leader in mechanical, HVAC, plumbing and fire protection contracting, service and fabrication, recently announced it has entered into a mentoring relationship with SURE Mechanical, of Cincinnati.

via TP Mechanical and SURE Mechanical leverage mentoring relationship for growth | Business Development content from Contractor Magazine.