Yes, they thaw ground. Yes, they cure concrete. But who would have thought to use hydronic heaters during a train derailment?
Here some clever solutions creative people came up with to solve some not-so-everyday problems:
- Tanker cars carrying chemicals and food products in the liquid state derailed during winter in New York. The liquid had to be evacuated from the cars, but the contents were cold and workers were not able to remove them. Thawzall hydronic heaters were brought to the derailment site where it was determined that workers could wrap the tanker cars with the hoses, cover them with construction blankets to heat the fluids and evacuate the liquid.
- The driver of a semi-truck carrying petroleum products lost control, went down an embankment and crashed through a frozen lake in Colorado. A potential environmental nightmare was solved by bringing in Thawzall hydronic heaters. Their hoses were heated to 180 degrees and laid out in a grid configuration. The hoses melted through the ice, resulting in a number of ice chunks, which were removed. The clean-up crew then pumped the contamination out of the lake.
- With heat-in-fluid being seven times more efficient than heat-through-air, hydronic heaters have been a huge help during disasters, including floods, vandalism and fire. When a structure from any of the above scenarios becomes waterlogged, Ground Heater units with heat exchanger accessories can be brought in to help release moisture from the materials, helping the structure dry faster than if left to conventional methods.