Emergency Cold Weather Questions and Answers

In recent weeks, we’ve seen many cold weather records shattered in the northeastern US, and more bone-chilling weather is on the way. Here are answers to some important questions to keep your family safe during this dangerous cold snap.

Q and A

Q: Do you provide 24-hour emergency service?
A: Yes, for our current customers. Our teams are working round the clock to keep you safe and warm. If you are not an Irish Propane Customer, we will do our best to help as soon as we have serviced our current customers.

Q: What should I do if I lose my heat?
A: Before you call us, try taking these steps to get your propane-fired furnace of boiler restarted:

  • Make sure the any power switches are turned on
  • Check for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker
  • Confirm that your thermostat is set at least five degrees above the current room temperature
  • Check the batteries on your thermostat
  • Push the reset button on your burner—but only do it once.
  • Make sure you have propane in your tank

Q: Is it safe to use portable heaters?
A: As always, use portable heaters with extreme caution, and NEVER use outdoor equipment to heat the inside of your home.

Q: What happens if it snows?
A: It is critical that you keep your driveway and fill pipe clear of snow to ensure we can get to you. If we cannot safely park in your driveway, the law prevents us from delivering your propane!

Thank you for your understanding as we work around the clock to keep your family safe and warm during this cold weather crisis.

[avatar user=”Greg Wasson” size=”75″ align=”left” /]Dry ice blasting systems provide a superior clean.  Designed with unrivaled innovation and unmatched performance, dry ice blasting systems let you clean better with less effort, increasing productivity and profit.

With the ability to shave any dry ice through patented feeder technology,  new cleaning opportunities to suit your application’s need can be as gentle or aggressive as necessary – with blasting pressures ranging from 20 to 300 PSI – covering the widest range of applications in a single machine in the industry.

There are solutions for any budget with the widest selection of blasting machines and nozzles available anywhere in the world today. Whatever you need to clean, we can help you find the right solution for your application.

For more information about Dry Ice Blasters, visit www.coldjet.com

Below is great information about Dry Ice Blasting from http://wickensdryiceblasting.com/process/

 

Explanation of Dry Ice Blasting

Dry Ice or CO 2 Blasting is a relatively new cleaning process using solid CO2 pellets (known as dry ice). Dry Ice Pellets sublimate once they’ve hit the surface to be cleaned (convert directly from a solid blast pellet to a vapor) leaving a clean, dry surface with no residue.


How Does The Dry Ice Blast Cleaning Process Work?

To use dry ice, the proper dry ice blasting equipment and dry ice blasting machines must be used.Dry Ice Blasting Machine The Dry Ice Blasting process uses pellets made through a process of taking Liquid Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and expanding it to produce a snow like substance, that is compressed to make hard Dry Ice Pellets.

Dry Ice Pellets are then propelled at a supersonic speed by a compressed air gun (similar to other blasting systems). Upon impact, the dry ice creates a micro-thermal shock (caused by the extreme cold temperature of -79º C) which breaks the bond between the coating and the substrate. The high pressure air stream removes the dirt from the surface, while the Dry Ice Pellets vapourize (sublimate) before your eyes.


 5 Reasons to use Dry Ice Cleaning

Reason #1: Increases uptime through in-place cleaning

The process is fast, thorough, and can be performed on-line without disassembly and without need for drying time.

Reason #2: Cleans without damaging the substrate
Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive. It quickly removes most contaminates without damage to switches, panels, lines, tubes, wiring or belts.

Reason #3: Reduces or eliminates the need for hazardous solvents
Dry Ice Blasting replaces chemical or solvent based cleaning and manual scraping.

Reason #4: Quicker and more thorough than cleaning by hand
Get a more detailed and quicker clean with CO2 by getting into tight spaced areas inaccessible by hand

Reason #5: Safe around electrical components
This versatile process cleans heavy industrial build up without damage to sensitive areas like electrical components, switches, wiring, photo electric sensors, etc


 Dry Ice Blast Cleaning Comparison Chart

The Dry Ice Blasting process is superior to blasting with sand, glass beads and other types of cleaning methods for numerous reasons. As an Eco-friendly cleaning alternative, the dry ice cleaning method is quickly becoming favored for environmental as well as production reasons. Due to the nature of the Dry Ice Blasting process, there is no waste to be disposed of. Tremendous performance gains of little to no production downtime, quality of the clean, no clean-up, and minimized damage to equipment make Dry Ice Blasting a cost-effective cleaning option.

Dry Ice Blast Cleaning vs Traditional Methods

Blasting Cleaning Technique

Waste for Disposal

Abrasive

Toxic

Electrically Conductive

Performance Comparison

Dry Ice

No No No No Excellent

Sand

Yes Yes No* No OK

Glass Beads

Yes Yes No* No OK

Walnut Shells

Yes Yes No* No Limited

Steam

No No No Yes Poor

Solvents

Yes No Yes Yes Limited
* Each of these blasting materials becomes contaminated upon contact if used to clean hazardous objects. When that happens, these materials are then classified as toxic waste requiring safe and proper disposal.

[avatar user=”Greg Wasson” size=”75″ align=”left” /]Locally owned family businesses have been and continue to be the backbone of the American economy.  Why?  According to a report by sustainableconnections.org you are supporting yourself when you buy local.  Several studies have shown that buying from locally owned businesses means significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers.

Reasons For Buying From Locally Owned Family Businesses

Reduction Of The Impact On The Environment

Another point made in the report is the impact on the environment.  Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and they generally set up their business in city centers as opposed to developing elsewhere.  This means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.

Small Business Creates More Good Jobs

Locally owned family businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in the community, provide the most jobs to residents.  Irish Companies employ over 60 local people.

Locally Owned Family Businesses Mean Better Service For You

Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know their customers.

Irish Carbonic and Irish Propane have been a mainstay in this area for over 84 years.  Our commitment to you is what helps us succeed. We are there for our customers whenever they need help.  From our well trained service techs, to our service manager, our owners, our employees, and our after hour emergency telephone number, there are many different ways to get help when there is a problem.   So if you want to help local business thrive, buy from locally owned family businesses.  Your own business will thrive as a result.

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Line Cleaning by Andy Harris

Andy Harris recently performing a professional beer line cleaning.

[avatar user=”Greg Wasson” size=”75″ align=”left” /]Beer Line Cleaning is something that every bar or restaurant owner in Buffalo and Western New York, Rochester and Central New York cannot afford to consider.  You don’t want to serve draft beer thru dirty lines to your customers and your customer certainly don’t want to drink their draft beer that is poured thru dirty lines.  You would be amazed what a thorough cleaning of your draft beer lines every month on average would do.  I know, I’ve seen the results.

Why clean your draft beer lines?

  • Bacteria, yeast, mold and beer stone will build up and quickly degrade the quality of the draft beer.
  • Having proteins, yeast and mold in beer lines can negatively influence beer flavor.
  • Beer stone will build up and eventually flake off on the inside of the beer tubing.
  • Bacteria can result in serving cloudy off tasting beer.
  • Bacteria can also lead to your beer smelling like rotten eggs.

We at Irish Carbonic have developed a 10 point beer line cleaning system that is performed by our service professionals that will give you, the bar or restaurant owner, the peace of mind by knowing that you are serving to your valuable customers the freshest, best tasting draft beer possible because of your professionally cleaned draft beer lines.

What does the 10 point beer line cleaning system include?

  1. Flush all lines with biodegradable cleaning solution.
  2. Thoroughly rinse lines with fresh water.
  3. Clean each tap faucet and surrounding area.
  4. Check that all connections are tight and secure.
  5. Check walk-in cooler temperature.
  6. Check glycol temperature and level.
  7. Check pressure settings.
  8. Clean glycol chiller condensers.
  9. Ensure beer is pouring correctly.
  10. Irish Carbonic can provide after hours service 24/7/365.

In addition to this, Irish Carbonic provides as part of the 10 point system:

  • Trained professionals for every cleaning.
  • A rotating schedule that is convenient for you, you never have to call.
  • Access to service techs for after business hours for emergencies.

Don’t you owe it to your customers, your employees, and to yourself to have the freshest, best tasting beer in town?  Call Irish Carbonic at 800.884.0072 and set us up to come out and professionally clean your draft beer lines.  You will be amazed!

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