|Typical gas plant piping that gets flushed after its installed|
When the tech on site tells me whats going on and gives me readings he is getting from his meters it sounds bad .
So I get to the Oil Company office/ plant fire up a company 1 ton 4x4 pickup which I will need to get back into this very rural area and fuel it up along with auxiliary tank and load it with another back up heater and enough tools and fittings to get them back up and running plus survival gear pack god forbid I should get stuck overnight on the road always a possibility when travelling back roads in bad winter weather .
After 4 hours I am on site its bad there already running a week behind schedule and can not get oil up to 160 degrees it needs to be to properly flush.
After looking over the heater for sure the elements that cost $750.00 a piece are shot.
Not going to be a good day.
We had two options empty all the equipment off the truck pull trucks beside each other get an onsite crane/forklift to lift the units on and off trucks or try and rebuild it on the truck. I opted for option 1#
We opened up the heaters top element to find it destroyed and melted.
This would not have happened had they been paying attention to the pump as it was defiantly giving indications there was a problem along with pressure gauge.They had already damaged a pump the week before when a rock got in the impeller and damaged it because they where not paying attention .
When we opened the filter unit on output of heater we found the filter units which used that screening material had been ripped apart by the rocks and that's where screen came from it had traveled thru pipes back thru pump and into heater . Thank God it jammed there and not in the piping some where .
To make maters worse elements 2# and 3# where melted so bad even with a big hammer they could not be dislodged so we had to unpack truck and move in the new unit as it was getting dark.
Its after we start hooking lines back up I notice there is no filter on the pump heater inlet.
Had there been a course filter on the inlet side the rocks pebbles etc would have been captured and allowed oil to still circulate but since protocol was not followed it created a very big problem and massive cost . Needles to say more training and precautions are going to be put into effect to prevent future problems. Almost every pumping system you will ever find has a filter screen of some type on the input of the pump to prevent these problems that/s why swimming pool pumps have the plastic basket filter in front to catch leaves, The workers on site thought they did not need to do it and will now face the consequences of there actions.