When your company relies on a boiler for heat or factory operations, you cannot afford to have the machine fail for extended periods. If you need to take your boiler out of commission for repairs or if it stops working completely and needs to be replaced, you can rent a temporary device in the meantime. A temporary boiler. through a place like Nationwide Boiler, is also necessary when you have an emergency outage after a natural disaster.
Regardless of the situation, if you have never had to order a temporary boiler for your firm, there are some key things you need to know about getting the machine to your facility, installing it and making sure you adhere to local regulations.
Insurance and Freight
Boiler insurance and freight are two costs that you will have to add to your rental budget. Having insurance is crucial in case the temporary boiler gets damaged or needs repairs during the time that it is on your property.
However, before you spend money on coverage check to see if the policy for your main boiler provides protection for a rental. You should also check the details of your company's general liability policy to see if it has coverage for equipment like a temporary boiler.
While a boiler rental firm will arrange for transportation of the equipment to your facility, you will have to cover the costs of the delivery. Consequently, you should not be surprised when you see a shipping charge on your cost estimate for the rental. Your equipment will most likely be delivered on a flatbed trailer specifically designed to transport boilers.
Loading, Unloading and Installation
You will also have to pay to load and unload the boiler. Depending on the type and size of boiler you order, a crane may be needed to move the device on and off of the flatbed. If you order a trailer-mounted mobile boiler, you will not have to worry about loading or unloading.
Once the device is on your property, make sure that you have a licensed and experienced boiler technician to start the machine.
When you no longer need the boiler, there are several steps you need to complete before it is ready for pickup. Boiler technicians need to shut down the device, drain it and clean it. In addition, you need to hire a licensed boiler inspector to examine the machine to make sure it is safe for shipment.
It does not matter if the boiler you need to rent is one that will fit inside your facility or a mobile device that sits on a truck, you need to apply for a permit to house it on your property.
Make sure that you gather as much detail you can about the boiler and the company you are renting from when you contact your municipal government about obtaining a permit. Some state governments, such as Texas, also require companies to apply for a temporary boiler permit.
On your permit application you will probably need to provide the exact location of the installation, details about the rental company and information on installer you hire or have on staff to start the device.
If you need to install a temporary boiler due to an emergency situation, some cities, such as New York, provide an expedited permit application process.
In addition to applying for a permit, you need to follow guidelines for how long you can operate a temporary boiler. For example, in Wisconsin, a temporary boiler is considered a device that will not be used for longer than 180 days. If you think that you will exceed the time limit to operate a temporary boiler, make sure that you understand the rules for filing for an extension.
Some cities also have laws on boiler emissions. So when you install the boiler, you may have to also submit detailed emissions data for the equipment to your local government. The boiler's specification sheet should have this data. The company you rent your boiler from should also be able to provide you with emissions data from the boiler manufacturer.