MBS Engineering Blog

Why call MBS Engineering when you have a gas leak?

Posted by Brian James on Jun 11, 2018 6:30:00 AM

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Topics: gas leak, natural gas, seismic valves, maintenance, mbs, natural gas services, experts

How Gas Leak Detection Works

Posted by Brian James on Jun 5, 2018 10:01:08 AM

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Have you ever wondered how gas leak detection works and what tools are used? Gas lines, valves and regulators have to be properly maintained and periodically inspected with sophisticated gas leak equipment. It is essential to have a natural gas leak expert do a complete survey so you don’t waste time and money. Below are some details on what a comprehensive gas survey should include.

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Topics: gas leak, natural gas, seismic valves, earthquake valves, safeguarding, mbs, experts, seismic shutoff valves

Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a Seismic Shut Off Valve

Posted by Brian James on May 8, 2018 11:28:54 AM

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Seismic shut off valves (SSOVs) are an essential part of an effective gas safety plan. When an earthquake hits, there is little in your control as far as mitigating damages go. Installing shut-off valves is one of the most simple yet effective ways to ensure you won’t experience a gas fire after an earthquake. Before installing SSOVs at your facility, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to make an informed decision. Below are the most important factors to consider when choosing a seismic shut off valve.

 

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Topics: gas leak, natural gas, seismic valves, earthquake valves, safeguarding, mbs, experts, seismic shutoff valves

Earthquake Safety at School

Posted by Brian James on May 8, 2018 11:28:22 AM

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Unlike hurricanes and some other environmental threats, earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. Nevertheless, if your school districts are in an earthquake prone region, there are measures you can take to reduce the chance of injury, property damage, and disruption at your school. These activities require preparation-- to be effective, they must be done before earthquakes occur.


Make Sure your Building is Up to Seismic Code

Make your school buildings safer to be in during earthquakes and more resistant to earthquake damage and disruption. Depending on when and how they were engineered, built, and furnished, existing school buildings may have weaknesses that make them more vulnerable to earthquakes.

 

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Topics: gas leak, natural gas, earthquake valves, safeguarding, mbs, seismic shutoff valves, earthquake safety

Bigger Earthquakes are Coming to California

Posted by Brian James on May 8, 2018 11:25:29 AM

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California experiences approximately 10,000 earthquakes every year. Most of them are so small that they are not usually felt. Only several hundred are greater than magnitude 3.0, and only about 15-20 are greater than magnitude 4.0. However, recent geological research shows that  California is due for another big one. With several faults cutting through the San Francisco Bay Area, predicting the next catastrophic earthquake becomes a question of when and where, not if.

 

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Topics: earthquake valves, safeguarding, mbs, seismic shutoff valves, california, earthquake safety

Who Needs Seismic Shut Off Valves?

Posted by Brian James on May 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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The shaking of an earthquake can leave behind a lot of damage including shattered glass and the destruction of buildings. However, the most dangerous consequence of earthquakes is the risk of a natural gas leak because they are notorious for starting deadly fires and explosions.

Seismic Valves Shut Off Valves (or SSOVs) are essential to preventing gas fires for those who live in earthquake-prone regions.

Why Do I Need an SSOV?

In high-risk earthquake zones like California, seismic shut-off valves are not a luxury, they are a necessity. Most of the damage that comes from earthquakes are from secondary sources such as fires caused by a gas leak. These gas line explosions are so prevalent that natural gas contributes to one of every four fires after an earthquake. Seismic valves will stop gas flow when an earthquake of significant magnitude occurs and decrease the chances of a fire or explosion.  Installing seismic valves will greatly reduce the risk of an explosion if a gas line is broken or damaged after a major seismic event.

 

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Topics: gas leak, natural gas, seismic valves, safeguarding, mbs, natural gas services, experts

Benefits of Natural Gas for Hotels

Posted by Brian James on Apr 23, 2018 7:03:00 AM

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Many hotels choose natural gas as an energy source because it is  powerful, reliable and economical. They use it primarily for water heating, cooking and space-heating. These utilities must provide fast, efficient and consistent delivery in order to keep guests comfortable. Below are the most beneficial natural gas features for hotels.

Natural gas a dependable energy source. 

The hospitality industry is in the business of making guests as comfortable as possible, so it’s important to have a dependable energy source for comfort utilities, like space and hot water heating. Hotels need to have everything working at all times in order to provide comfort for their guests. Since gas pipelines connect directly to the property, they won’t experience any service disruptions.

It is more cost-efficient than electricity for certain utilities.

Natural gas is an affordable heating option. In the U.S., large hotels (those larger than 8,000 square feet) spend an annual average of $1.05/sf2 on electricity and $0.25/sf2 on natural gas. According to Éric Paquette, co-owner of Impéria Hôtels et Suites, “When it comes to heating and hot water, nothing can beat [natural gas] performance and profitability. Clients get a better level of comfort, and we are more than happy with the lower energy costs.” Because of its efficiency and dependability, natural gas is the perfect solution for hotels.

Natural gas produces heat faster than electricity

Hotels and guests benefit from:

  • Faster heating than alternatives
  • Easily regulated and instant temperature control
  • Dependable HVAC equipment

It is ideal for cooking

Kitchens and laundries can be the most energy-intensive areas by square footage. Natural gas in commercial kitchen appliances allows for:

  • Evenly cooked dishes
  • Precise temperature control of gas appliances
  • Instant flame and heat for cooking
  • Reduced cooking time (and therefore reduced fuel consumption)
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Chefs always prefer a real flame

Natural gas is an extremely efficient, economical fuel for heating all types of commercial buildings. It is a smart energy choice for hotels whose guests expect high-quality service and amenities. As the most trusted private natural gas company, MBS has the skills and experience to safely provide the natural gas services required to keep hotel guests comfortable consistently and reliably.

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Topics: natural gas, mbs, natural gas benefits, hotels, natural gas services, experts

How Maintenance Can Save Lives

Posted by Brian James on Apr 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: safety, natural gas, seismic valves, natural gas safety, earthquake valves, maintenance, safeguarding, hospitals

Safeguarding Hospitals from Earthquakes

Posted by Brian James on Apr 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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Have you ever wondered how hospitals mitigate the effects of an earthquake? All facilities should have a solid earthquake safety plan. Safeguarding hospitals is especially vital for the community during the aftermath of an earthquake because there is a sharp increase in demand for medical services.  The community will expect the these facilities to provide medical care to the injured as well as help those people who are suffering from the traumatic experience. Below are safety measures that hospitals should take in order to ensure function after an earthquake so that they can deliver quality care.

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Topics: safety, natural gas, seismic valves, natural gas safety, earthquake valves, maintenance, safeguarding, hospitals

Why It's Important to Hire an Expert

Posted by Brian James on Apr 5, 2018 11:14:02 AM

 

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Topics: safety, natural gas, natural gas safety, gas pressure regulator, maintenance