Buildings and private houses are also open to the effects of cold and freezing, particularly in their non-heated annexes where the temperature of water pipes can gradually decrease if the flow is stopped (the more if the insulation is light), so far as to reach their freezing temperature with the risk of pipe rupture.
This risk applies to hot water pipes as well as cold water pipes because hot water pipes may freeze if the boiler or circulation pump fails. The prolongation of this damage (time for repairing, non-detected failure because residents are not present) will induce the same damages, with risks of long flood. A heating cable preventively installed under the thermal insulation will avoid these types of expensive damages, and the self-regulating technology, associated with a simple ambient thermostat, will reduce the electricity consumption to the only energy which is useful to save your installation (STW and SRF ranges).
Exterior areas are also exposed to the detrimental effect of cold weather such as build-up of snow on roofs and ice in gutters. To guard against these risks DIRAC proposes our U.V. resistant and weather tight self-regulating cables for effective control of freezing conditions. (SRF-RG range).
Access paths, ramps and parking areas can maintain effective snow and ice control during the cold season with constant wattage cables embedded in the surface (SPS range). In any case, DIRAC proposes to associate control devices which can not only take temperature into account, but also detect precipitations to only deliberately step in, and so reduce the electric consumption to the minimum. Please consult our site ComfortHeat for this specific application.