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Are you sure you closed your job site properly?

August 24, 2017

A story is floating around about a contractor who was performing a torch down job on a commercial roof.  The foreman and his crew were closing the site as they had completed their work for the day.  The foreman performed a visual and touch check on the deck to make sure it was cool and not a fire risk.

Later that night they received a frantic call from the building owner; the building was engulfed in flames.  The fire department was unable to save the building and it was a total loss.  As a result, the contractor’s license was cancelled and a huge insurance claim was paid.

One thought popped into my head; did the foreman walk the whole roof?  Maybe the foreman only checked the immediate areas where the torches were being used.  More and more OSHA is tightening the clamps on these types of jobs.  Earlier this year Roofing Magazine ran an excellent article on roof fires resulting from torch downs.  Some key takeaways include:

  • A fire extinguisher must be immediately accessible for all torch-down work
  • A fire extinguisher is needed within 50 feet of anywhere where more than 5 gallons of flammable or combustible liquids or 5 pounds of flammable gas are being used on the job site
  • No one on a job site can be more than 100 feet from a fire extinguisher at all times
  • There must be at least one fire extinguisher for 3,000 square feet of work area
  • A fire watch person should be posted to immediately address any possible smolders or flare-ups
  • The fire watch person should remain on post for 30 minutes after the torch-down job is finished for the day

Per the NRCA torch program and OSHA requirements for working with torches, at a minimum roofers should have proper 4A60BC Fire Extinguishers in case of flare ups and an Infrared Thermometer to scan the deck for hot spots that are undetectable to the human eye.  Pricing for infrared thermometers have drastically decreased over the past couple of years, while features have increased.

TEMPRA Infrared Thermometer with Spotlight

Our infrared thermometers have the added benefit of a laser pointer to help pinpoint the hotspots on a deck as well as a spotlight for off hour jobs.

Speak with a Roofmaster salesperson today to learn more about fire safety and prevention

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Rainy season reminder – keep your drains clear of debris

January 18, 2011

Lack of a maintenance program can spell disaster if the building owner doesn’t keep his roof drains clean.  Roofs have collapsed under the weight of ponded water that is unable to drain due to blocked or clogged roof drains.

With the rainy season upon us, many building owners are content if their roofs don’t leak, and forgo routine inspections.  If you’re uncomfortable or unwilling to venture up to inspect your roof, call your roofer.  Many offer routine maintenance as part of their service offerings.

If you do have low-lying sections of the roof that are prone to ponding, you can use a product such as the Lexsuco Solar Drain.  The solar powered drain is capable of moving ponded water up to 50′ away to an existing roof drain.

We carry a full line of replacement rings and domes from the major manufacturers such as Zurn, Josam, Marathon, Frank Pattern and Jay R Smith, in addition to copper retro-fit, ABS, and cast iron small and large drain bodies.

Have something that you can’t identify?  We’re experts at tracking down those odd clamping rings and domes.  We can usually figure it out if you can tell us the color, bolt pattern (3 bolt, 4 bolt…open or closed bolt), inside dimensions, outer dimensions, and bolt-to-bolt dimensions along with any casting number you may be able to identify.


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