The Boiler Blew, And The Roof Did Too! Who You Call For Repairs First, And Why

Posted on: 8 April 2018

Industrial boiler accidents are not uncommon. When they do occur, they leave quite the devastating wake. If your industrial boiler exploded and took your plant's roof with it, you may be staring at quite the mess and wondering what to do first. (Hopefully, no employees were hurt, so you would not have to search the rubble for anyone.) Do you repair the boiler, or do you repair the roof? Here is some advice that will help you decide what to do next.

First, Hire a Construction/Demolition Contractor to Clear the Rubble

You cannot hope to assess the damage to the boiler if you cannot see the boiler for all of the rubble on top of it. The contractor can remove the rubble and dispose of it. Then you can look at the hole in the roof, and look at the boiler. 

Consider Replacing the Boiler 

There would be extensive repairs to a boiler that blew the roof off of your plant. In fact, that much repair work would cost you close, if not above, the cost of a new industrial boiler. Additionally, you are in a prime position here to have the industrial boiler delivered via helicopter through the hole in the roof. That would be ideal since opening doors wide enough and opening walls to get such a massive appliance into the plant would be a bit of a headache. 

If You Do Install a New Boiler via the Hole in the Roof

If you do decide to install a new boiler instead of repairing the old (and extremely damaged!) one, and you opt to bring the new boiler in through the hole in the roof, make sure the boiler can easily fit through the hole. Your contractor will have to measure the boiler's width, length, and accommodate any unusual appendages the boiler has. If the hole in the roof is not quite big enough, you can make it bigger. Since your contractor will just have to repair your roof anyway, a slightly bigger hole is not that big of a deal.

Alternative Solutions

Of course, you could always repair the roof entirely, just to keep the rest of the plant dry and warm and out of the weather. Then the boiler could be repaired or replaced. If you opt to repair it, it is easier to bring parts into the plant than to bring a whole boiler. If you choose to replace the boiler, you will have to discuss with your HVAC contractor how to best get this monster of a machine into the plant from outside.

For more information, contact your local boiler repair service.