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Choosing the Right Materials and Types of Pipes and Valves

Reliable piping and valve systems start with great materials. One of the most important elements of a safe and easily-maintained system is the composition of metals. By selecting the appropriate metal – whether steel, copper, Stainless Steel, PVC, CPVC, and aluminum – fluids within the system stay contained and the system itself works more efficiently. When you are seeking pipe or valve system materials, keep the following considerations and factors in mind.

Pipe Material Selection

Pipe exteriors must be able to withstand demanding surrounding conditions, such as high and ambient temperatures, different levels of humidity, and some degree of wear. Due to these conditions, it is essential to consider the type of fluid contained within the system, the internal temperatures, and the internal pressure.

Type of Fluid

Corrosive fluids can quickly wear down a steel system. Instead, it may be more advantageous to use resilient metals such as stainless steel or CPVC. While carbon steel can handle common non-corrosive fluid loop materials, such as nitrogen or lube oil, opt for corrosion-resistant systems when the fluids include:

  • Acids
  • Ammonia
  • Crude oil
  • H2S
  • Seawater

Internal Temperature

Heightened temperatures can create a buildup of energy and pressure within the system, agitating the fluid within. Extreme temperatures also impact the elongation, resistance, and tensile strength of the metal pipes. This applies to both high and low temperature systems involved in refrigeration and cryogenics.

Internal Pressure

If pipes must sustain high temperatures or high levels of pressure, they must in turn be thicker to reduce the risk of leaks and damage. Varying levels of pressure can also impact the pipes’ elasticity, fatigue resistance, and overall strength. These characteristics need to remain stable, especially at connection points and valve fittings.

While certain pipe systems can also be fabricated with nonmetal materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), the most common metal materials are:

  • Cast Iron. It is used in underground systems where variations in pressure and potential pipe blockages have less impactful effect. Many sewer and stormwater systems employ cast iron.
  • Copper. Copper is corrosion-resistant, lighter than steel, and has a relatively simple installation process. However, it comes at a higher cost, so it is usually applied towards domestic and hydronic systems.
  • Carbon Steel. Used in closed hydronic systems because it can handle high temperatures and pressure levels. However, carbon steel is heavy and corrodes easily when not properly treated.
  • Galvanized Steel. This type of steel is covered in a layer of zinc to give it the same advantages of regular steel, but with improved resistance to corrosion. Because of this, it tends to be priced higher than other materials. It is an ideal material for wetting and drying processes.
  • Stainless Steel. There are multiple varieties of stainless steel, each of which possesses steel’s characteristics and strong resistance to corrosion. Stainless steel pipes are usually constructed with 304 SS, which has 18% chromium and 8% nickel added during fabrication.

While some metals may be more expensive than others, their benefits often end up saving a lot of time and effort down the road, such as reducing downtime, repairs, and replacements caused by corrosion or breakage. Investing in a stronger, more damage-resistant material will set up your piping system for long-term success.

Valve Material Selection

As with pipes, choosing proper materials for valves keeps the system in better condition and extends its functional lifespan. Cost is certainly an important consideration when selecting these materials. Most industrial valves are constructed from the options below:

  • 316 Stainless Steel. Similarly to pipes constructed from 304 SS, 316 SS offers superior corrosion resistance. However, it is notably a pricier choice.
  • Brass or Bronze. Brass and bronze are lower-cost and decently corrosion resistant. They are commonly employed as valve materials, which means that they can be easily sourced and replaced when needed.
  • Ductile Iron. It can absorb shock in the system from varying pressure levels. It is also widely available and inexpensive. However, it is more vulnerable to corrosion.
  • Inconel. It is a great choice for withstanding hot, corrosive fluids. Its composition consists of chromium, iron, and sometimes nickel, with chromium having the highest percentage.
  • Monel. This alloy is made from copper and nickel. Like Inconel, it resists corrosion well. Many facilities prefer this material for valve trim cladding.

Valve Type Selection

As with pipes, choosing a fitting type of valve is essential to proper functionality and lifespan. There are many different kinds of valves, such as Ball, Butterfly, Check, Gate, Globe, Needle, Pinch, and Plug, each of which has various specs available. Selecting the correct type of valve really does make a big difference in the operation of the system.

Pipe and Valve Services at Base Construction

Carefully choosing your pipe or valve system’s materials makes all the difference in the maintenance demands and lifespan of the system. Using higher-quality and corrosion-resistant materials from the outset can reduce maintenance costs, facility downtime, and replacement costs.

We at Base Construction build on over 20 years of experience in pipe and valve installation and material selection for many kinds of facilities, and we have completed over 1,000 projects since our inception. Contact us today with details of your project, and we will help you choose the best materials for your needs.

Office Construction and Restroom Renovation Services at Base Construction

In 2011, Base Construction received a restroom renovation project request, and that one project gradually turned into one of our foremost services. Our industrial construction expertise has also expanded into office renovation, and is a large part of our business now, as well.

Over the past eight years, Base Construction has completed over 40 office construction and restroom renovation projects for businesses in Southern California, ensuring that strict ADA regulations for accessibility are implemented. In this blog, we provide additional details about these services.

Restroom Renovation

All business establishments’ bathrooms must meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. For example, ADA requires at least one sink to be between 29 and 34 inches off the floor for wheelchair accessibility, and toilet seats must be between 17 and 19 inches from the floor.

The Base Construction team evaluates each client’s restroom and facility to determine the best approach to enhance their facilities while rigorously keeping to ADA’s standards. We take pride in our ability to find creative ways to make our clients’ restrooms safe and accessible for all. Redesigning restrooms to be functional, efficient, aesthetically appealing, and ADA compliant: because of this capability, we’ve become a leading restroom renovation contractor in Southern California.

Office Construction

Between 2016 and 2017, the Base Construction team took on what ended up to be one of our large projects (36000 square feet, consisting of 37 offices, breakroom and restrooms): the creation of a new office space within an existing food manufacturing facility. Although a limited time frame was among the large project’s constraints, we delivered results with swift efficiency.

Every office we build or remodel includes the necessary features (such as ramps and state-of-the-art lifts) to make it accessible for all patrons and employees. Not only do ADA-compliant facilities help bolster inclusion for all individuals, but they will also make it possible to expand and add more equipment to your facility, as it will comply with strict community zoning laws.

We’ve constructed beautiful and highly functional offices across Southern California. Our projects have and continue to serve a diverse field of industries, and we bring this widely cultivated expertise to every new renovation.

Why Choose Base Construction?

We continuously grow our proven track record of successful office and restroom projects across Southern California. Our clients return to us for our competitive pricing, strong work ethic, and always approachable customer service.

We work closely with clients to find functionally sound and cost-effective solutions for their facility. We also have a perfect safety record, and we adhere faithfully to all ADA regulations. We strive to find the most creative and effective ways to meet the accessibility needs for all of your employees and guests.

Additionally, we understand that for many of our clients, renovating an office or restroom renovation means disrupting regular work activities. This is why we complete each project as efficiently as possible, pulling off 2–4-week turnaround times for most jobs (noting that larger-scale projects require a longer time frame).

Create Accessibility with Base Construction

Base Construction is an established and trusted business with significant experience in office construction and restroom renovation. We uphold the latest OSHA and MSHA techniques, and we carry a California Class A license along with a New Mexico Class MM98 (Mechanical) license. Our wide array of services also includes:

• Concrete foundation and slab on grade for all type of industrial plants
• Structural steel fabrication and installation
• Turnkey projects which include design, drawings, calculation, and construction
• Installation of mechanical equipment and process piping and industrial plumbing

Base Construction is located in Buena Park, CA. Our office and restroom renovation services extend within a 50-mile radius of Irvine, CA.

To learn more about Base Construction’s office construction and restroom renovation capabilities, contact us today.

National Manufacturing Day is Friday October 6th!

Here at Base Construction, we’re eager to support National Manufacturing Day and its initiatives. This year, the event takes place on October 6th at industrial locations across the country. National Manufacturing Day was started back in 2012 as a way to spread knowledge about modern-day manufacturing, end industry misconceptions, and banquet its successes.

Educators, students, public, businessmen, politicians, and the media alike are invited to various facilities countrywide in an effort to change the perceptions of manufacturing. Many still envision the field as factory floor work, but today technology, STEM, secure job placement, strong benefits, and contributions to a growing economy are at the forefront of the sector.

This year the number of attendees has grown to over 2,100. When Manufacturing Day first started that number was a mere 240. With initiatives like re-shoring, focusing on STEM education, and bridging the skills gap, National Manufacturing Day and the manufacturing industry will continue to grow and prosper.

After participating in National Manufacturing Day events, students are polled about their experience. Surveys reveal that 89% of students see potential future opportunities in the field. 84% become more convinced that manufacturing careers are not only rewarding but also interesting. And 64% are motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing fields. These numbers are telling, in that future generations only need to be shown the many possible career choices available in front of them.

Base Construction is a SoCal industrial contractor for all types of industrial projects. We do everything from process piping, concrete/foundations, structural steel fabrication & installation to turnkey projects, and mechanical equipment placement/installation.

To learn more about our company and services read our blog, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIn. To find out how we can help you with your next project, we invite you to contact us today.

Safety Series Part II: Why Roof Guard Rails are Safety Essentials

In Part 1 of our Safety Series, we examined the importance of safety guards for rotating equipment. Now that we know how they protect us let’s take a step back and see why these rails are safety essentials in the construction industry.

While it is impossible to eliminate all risks as industrial contractors, including process piping to structural steel fabrication and mechanical equipment installation, we strive to raise industry awareness about staying ahead of workplace risks.

With this in mind, we bring you the second installment of our three-part safety series:  Why Roof Guard Rails are Safety Essentials.

Meeting OSHA and Internal Program Standards

At any construction company, the business should be Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliant. OSHA is part of the U.S. Department of Labor program, and here at Base, we take those regulations extremely seriously within our daily operations.

Not only is it important to follow OSHA standards, but CAL-OSHA, a client specific safety initiative, as well.  Internally, we have chosen to provide a cohesive Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) of our own. This program keeps our staff accountable in our best effort to complete every job safely. Our company operates on the principle that safety is paramount. Direct results from our IIPP include both quality and successful project completion. We recommend any/all companies within the industrial industry follow in our footsteps to create a strong and effective internal safety program.

Safety Measures for Preventing Falls

OSHA’s Fall Protection in Construction manual outlines 29 CFR 1926.502(b), pertaining to federal fall protection criteria and practices. Guardrail systems go around roof openings and at the roof perimeter.

As an industrial contractor, we recommend using guard rail systems on construction sites to prevent workers from falling to lower dangerous risk levels in hopes that more industry members will follow suit. The temporary roof guards can attach to rafters or other structural beams. There are also weighted portable guardrails, as seen here.

Guard Rail System Standards

If you decide to set up a guardrail system to protect workers in construction zones from fall hazards, you must adhere to OSHA’s federal guard rail system rules for accurate setup and proper implementation. For example, guard top rails and midrails must be at least 1/4 of an inch nominal diameter or thickness to prevent scratches and cuts. Other OSHA criteria pertain to the amount of force the guardrail system can withstand, the height and placement of midrails, and how to enact screens, mesh, and other structural members.

Looking Out for Our Workers

As an industry leader and employer, it is imperative that you look out for employee safety, including methods like fall protection measures, guardrail systems, and adhering each to OSHA and internal company requirements and standards.

Be sure to follow our Base Construction blog, so you know when the third and final part of our safety series goes live. We will be taking a brief pause in October for National Manufacturing Day on October 6th.

Beyond our monthly blog, easily stay up to date by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter too. For your next industrial project, contact us to manage and handle all of your industrial needs. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Safety Series Part I: Safety Guard Standards

At Base Construction, we treat safety seriously, taking action to protect the well-being of all of those involved in industrial field projects. In hopes that our actions will motivate other industry members to follow suit, we are presenting a 3-part series on safety practices that our Southern California company implements.

Today we’re delving into the importance of safety guards for rotating equipment.

What are Safety Guards?

Guards are on-site safety protectors that shield those working with rotating equipment from potential hazards. The benefit is that they do so without compromising quality or efficiency of a working system. We use top-quality, well-designed guards meant for strength and durability for the best protection possible of our workers. Although choosing quality equipment does increase certain expenses, the end result is worth the cost. In our industry, we can’t put a price on coworker safety.

Types of Guards for Safety Standards

Guards are of two kinds, fixed or moveable. Tests are done to determine which part is suitable for an individual machine. A fixed guard isolates the worker from possible danger through a barrier. This keeps the user out of any potential hazard zones. If users need to moderately or occasionally access the hazard zone, moveable guards are the better choice. If zone access is more frequent, specialized safety devices are advisable.

Care and caution must be taken to position any/all types of guards far enough away from danger to eliminate any chance of someone entering the hazard zone. Another step is to ensure guards are secured by proper fasteners and only removable with specialized tools to prevent detachment without authorization.

Creating Safe Work Conditions

At Base Construction we train all employees to comply with the highest safety standards and adhere to our internal Injury and Illness Prevention Program. We also follow the standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Cal/OSHA. The result is superior safety records at our facility.

Regulations You can Find at Base

  1. OSHA’s General Regulatory Guard Requirements * Found under 1910 Subpart O – Machinery and Machine Guarding
  2. ANSI’s B11 Machine Guarding Standards

On-Site Industrial Safety

Base Construction operates under the safety philosophy that a job is only done well when carried out safely, without accidents or narrowly avoided issues. We choose top-of-the-line guards for rotating equipment applications to protect workers on industrial projects that range from process piping to structural steel fabrication.

For unmatched industrial contractor services for any industry, contact us today. Also, be sure to follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest industry developments. For more information on safety take a look at our June blog and keep an eye out for part II of our safety series.

Recent California Rain Signals an End to Years-Long Drought

California’s severe drought, which began in 2014, finally appears to be over. At its height, certain locations, primarily Central and Southern California, experienced extreme or exceptional drought conditions, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Today, three years later, the historic California drought is coming to an end. This winter was an exceptionally rainy one for California — its wettest on record, with 7 feet of snowfall accumulation in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

State reservoirs, including Lake Oroville, California’s second largest, have largely returned to or even surpassed historical average levels. Just last month, Governor Brown signed an executive order ending the state of drought emergency. It was left in effect, however, for four counties: Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne.

These counties, as well as Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, are still experiencing lingering drought conditions — ranging from abnormally dry to moderate drought to severe drought — or drinking water shortages.

While emergency mandatory water conservation standards — enacted by the State Water Resources Control Board when Governor Brown declared the state of emergency — have been rescinded, emergency water reporting requirements and wasteful practice prohibitions have been left in place statewide. These include restrictions on lawn watering, hose use, and irrigation of ornamental landscaping.

In fact, under Governor Brown’s direction, the Control Board is investigating making certain reporting requirements and prohibitions permanent. The ultimate goal is to help make water conservation a way of life for Californians, not only to better our relationship with the environment but also to help ease the negative impact of future droughts.

Located in Southern California, the team here at Base Construction, Inc. keenly felt the effects of this drought, and we’ve been working hard to support important water conservation efforts over these past few years. While the end of the drought is in sight, we’ll remain committed to smart water use going forward in everything we do.

To keep up to date with Base Construction’s latest news and projects, follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To discuss a project with us directly, contact us today.

Base Construction Supports Safety Beyond June

Base Construction gladly promotes National Safety Month this June. The National Safety Council (NSC) has been encouraging safety for years and celebrates National Safety Month each June by providing safety training, workplace training, first aid training, defensive driver training, and more. On average, more than 13 people die from injury or accident each day while at work. The goal of the NSC is to significantly reduce that number through effective training. The organization has been around for over 100 years, providing support to companies and communities throughout the United States.

The NSC has found out that when employees feel safe in their work there is greater morale, increased productivity, fewer injuries, and lower costs to the employer. When employees take time off of work due to injuries, it costs the company money. New problems arise including slower production times and the possibility of overtime to covering workers already taking on longer days. Companies also save money not paying the legal fees that they do when employees are hurt on the job. The NSC can also provide free safety measurement tools for companies that are interested in creating a safer workplace.

Our company has been in business for almost 20 years as an industrial contractor for all types of industrial projects. Located in Southern California, we do everything from process piping, concrete/foundations, structural steel fabrication & installation to turnkey projects, secondary services, and mechanical equipment placement/installation. We serve a wide range of industries including aerospace, chemical, insulation, recycling, food processing, metal forging, natural gas, co-gen, beer brewing, automotive, packaging,  and more. Moreover, we can perform industrial contracting for any type of industry. With our background and the variety of businesses we serve, you can see just how important it is for our team to be on top of our safety plans and procedures.

As a result, Base Construction takes safety seriously and believes that a job is only done right when there are no accidents. Base Construction has an unmatched safety record, and with over 4,000 jobs completed successfully, it’s a huge accomplishment. We also provide an Injury and Illness Prevention Program that keeps employees up to date on all safety issues. We stand proud to support National Safety Month, not only throughout June, but all year long.

To learn more about Base Construction, you can follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, read our blog, or contact us today to find out more about how we can help you safely with your industrial project.

Stay tuned for our upcoming safety series available to you soon!