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1 Metropolitan Update Spring, 2006 Metropolitan Industries Metropolitan to Give New Chicago Skyscraper a Boost Metropolitan Industries has a knack for being involved in virtually every large-scale construction project that takes place in downtown Chicago. Therefore, when the City of Chicago announced the construction of Chicago s second tallest building, it was no surprise that Metropolitan s Chicago Sales Department would be involved in supplying the pumping equipment. The much-anticipated Trump Tower Chicago, named after prominent real estate developer Donald Trump, is currently under construction. Slated for completion in 2007, it will be the second tallest building in Chicago and second tallest building in the United States (unless the Freedom Tower in New York is completed by then). When completed, the building will be 415 meters (1,362 feet) tall and contain 92 floors for various uses. The tower rests on the former site of the Chicago Sun-Times building near the Chicago River. Trump Tower will break the 37-year-old world record held by the John Hancock Center for the world s highest residence having condominiums on the 89th floor. The Fabrication and Manufacturing Departments recently completed a massive combination break tank/water pressure booster system for Trump Tower. It was the largest break tank system manufactured at Metropolitan to date. It utilizes four 150-HP variable speed multi-stage horizontal turbine pumps that will generate water at maximum rate of 1900 gallons per minute (GPM) at 350 pounds per square inch (PSI). It measures 11 6 wide by 20 long and 19 6 tall. Two huge stainless steel tanks measuring one-story tall will sit atop the frame. Due to the height of the tanks, installation took place at the job site using a crane that lowered each of the two tanks on top of the system s frame. Later, a second combination break tank/water pressure booster system will be constructed that very well may be the second largest break tank system ever fabricated at Metropolitan. This triplex system will utilize 75HP variable continued inside Romeoville, IL USA Computer imagery depicting Trump Tower Chicago when completed. (Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP) Phone:

2 Metropolitan to Give New Chicago Skyscraper a Boost Continued from front page speed multi-stage horizontal turbine pumps capable of 990 GPM at 260 PSI. Other work to be completed will consist of a duplex variable speed subsoil drainage pump system, (3) duplex variable speed hot water return pump systems, and installation of 66 hydraulically controlled pressure regulating valves. The delivery and installation of the first break tank/water pressure booster system back in December was successful. Work is set to begin on the remaining systems in the near future. The entire job should be completed by the end of 2006 or beginning of For more information, contact Brendan Bates, Chicago Sales Manager, at or A section of the combination break tank/water pressure booster system lowered into place at the jobsite. The system utilizes four 150-HP variable speed multi-stage horizontal turbine pumps that will generate water up to 1900 GPM at 350 PSI. Workers lower the final stainless steel tank onto the pump system frame. Due to the one-story height of each tank, installation had to take place at the job site. With some of Chicago s high-rises serving as the backdrop, a stainless steel tank travels to its final destination. A view of the Trump Tower foundation as steam rises from the Chicago river, on a frigid December morning. The Metropolitan Service Department never closes

3 Leave Your Home High and Dry this Rainy Season The basement is the jewel of many homes that provides valuable and in most cases, much-needed living space such as recreational hideaways, home entertainment centers, offices, and/or workshop areas. Many homeowners may not know that their basement is flawed due to the constant threat and/or occurrence of residential flooding during the fall and spring seasons. Over time, homeowners typically spend thousands of dollars on interior renovations, never addressing flood control issues, due to lack of knowledge or education about exactly how to protect their basement from costly flooding. Homeowners, especially those with new construction just assume that the pump, which came with the home, is sufficient to prevent a flood. Many homeowners find out after the first flood that they were wrong. Flooding Causes and Consequences Basement flooding is unfortunately a common occurrence with devastating effects. Frequent floods can lead to long-term structural damage, an increase in the homeowner s insurance rates or deductibles with repeated claims and depreciation in property value with basements that are prone to repeated floods. Basements are most likely to flood during periods of heavy rainfall or when snow melts too fast during a spring thaw. Water can enter your basement for a number of reasons that include poor lot drainage, a leak in your foundation walls, or a blocked connection between your home and the main sewer. The most common cause of basement flooding is the failure of a sump pump. A sump pump failure is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. There are many causes of sump pump failures, the most common being a switch failure. Others causes include poor lot drainage causing high water intake adding excess wear and tear to the pump, a lack of required pumping capacity and power outages. Purchasing the Right Sump Pump When purchasing a sump pump, some builders and homeowners will go with lesser quality to keep costs low. Typically, these types of pumps usually have lower pumping capacities. The best practice is always to purchase a heavyduty sump pump from a plumbing supply house or plumbing contractor who sells pumps with long-standing reputations of performance, quality construction, reliable switches, better overall dependability and service capabilities in case an emergency arises. Products sold through the professional trade channels have local representatives and service available across the U.S. Battery Back-Up Systems and High Water Alarms A critical component to the successful operation of your sump pump is the availability of electricity. Your sump pump is only as good as the power supplying its operation. During a storm, high winds and falling trees account for much of the power loss suffered once or twice a year in any given community. When the power fails, your sump pump is non-existent, opening the door to potential flooding. Many homeowners invest in battery back-up systems such as a SUMPRO, manufactured by Metropolitan Industries, Inc., which provide the much needed hour window of emergency power that operates your pumps in the event of an outage hours of standby power is usually enough time for power companies to restore energy. After purchasing a battery back-up system or SUMPRO, it is highly important that you maintain the system three to four times a year by adding distilled water to the batteries, if needed. This ensures proper and dependable operation when you need it the most. At minimum, you should install a high-water alarm to alert the homeowner to potential pump problems if a battery back-up system is not used. Combining both a high-water alarm and a battery back up system is the ideal and optimum strategy in any flood control application, each watching over the other during operation. Use Caution when Purchasing a Back-Up System Some back-up systems claim to power your sump pump in the event of an outage for up to 7.5 hours of continuous operation. After certified testing of these systems by plumbing professionals, results show that some last approximately 2.5 hours; not nearly, enough time for power companies to access and fix a power outage. To avoid buying back-up systems that are unreliable, homeowners should consult the manufacturer and request certified test results for the system. This will allow them to make an informed and educated decision. Many plumbing supply houses sell reputable battery back-up systems, including SUMPRO, that are certified and even U.L. listed. Again, purchasing flood protection equipment through a plumbing supply house or plumbing contractor ensures proper warranty, service guarantees and performance. This is one area where you really do get what you pay for. Watch out for insufficient charging units and most bilgetype pumps. Two Pumps are Better than One Given the extravagance and elegance of many remodeled basements, it s recommended by plumbing professionals that Service fax:

4 homeowners utilize not one but two pumps in case of an emergency. The second pump serves as a back up if the first pump malfunctions for any number of reasons. When purchasing a back-up pump, homeowners should buy one with the capability to operate on either AC or DC power. When the primary pump fails, the secondary pump will run off standard power indefinitely without depleting the battery until repairing or replacement of the primary sump pump. When sizing a secondary pump, homeowners should only purchase a pump that meets or exceeds the performance of the primary pump. The performance of a typical 1/3 HP primary pump is approximately 2400 gallons per hour (GPH) and a 1/2 HP is approximately 3000 GPH but consult your owners manual for exact pump performance. Take note if the primary pump is active in normal conditions, because you may want to achieve an even greater secondary pumping capacity to account for the additional water intake during heavy rainfalls. During installation of a secondary pump, it is important to install a secondary or separate discharge pipe to ensure proper operation. The discharge pipe should end far enough from the base of the house so that water runs away from the foundation. Discharging into 4 corrugated piping buried below grade will aid in guiding the water away from the house. (See Diagram) Homeowners should exercise the back-up pump during long idle periods by unplugging the primary pump and pouring a large bucket of water into the sump pit. Also, check piping inside and out to remove any obstacles that may hinder performance. This ensures proper and dependable operation when homeowners need it the most. Conclusion The threat of residential flooding is always possible given basements are below grade, however if you take the proper steps and follow a few best practices, chances of flooding will decrease considerably. The cost of installing state-of-the-art flood equipment is nominal compared to most cosmetic interior upgrades. Remember to purchase reputable equipment from a plumbing supply house or plumbing contractor, install a battery back-up system with high water alarm/pump alternator and utilize not one but two pumps with separate discharges leading away from the foundation. (See Diagrams). For more information or questions about home flood protection, contact David Miller, flood control specialist, at or Pictured is a rendering of a proper flood control installation but with poor drainage. Notice how the water discharges near the foundation allowing pooling against basement wall. This pooling promotes seepage through cracks in the foundation. Pictured is a rendering of a proper flood control installation with proper drainage. Notice that dual discharge pipes spill into 4 in., corrugated pipe located below grade, which takes water away from the house. A proper flood control installation includes two pumps, a high water alarm switch, dual discharge pipes, pump alternator with alarm, and a battery back up unit. Phone:

5 Metropolitan s Customer Open House Over 200 hundred people attended Metropolitan s Customer Open House on October 6 making it one of the more successful open houses in recent memory. The open house focused on educating customers about advances in pumping technology through a variety of product displays and seminars. The seminars proved to be the biggest draw, most likely due to the Continuing Education Units and Professional Development Hours associated with some classes. Water operators must obtain CEUs annually as mandated the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in order to maintain their operator status. CEUs are available through most professional societies but at a cost to the student. Metropolitan s offers CEUs at no cost, which is an incentive for people. The most popular classes were Metropolitan s pump repair and control troubleshooting classes, taught by Mike Schiazzano and Jim Taylor. More than 60 people attended each class, making them by far, the largest classes of the day. CEUs and PDHs are always available at Metropolitan Industries, Inc. regardless of the occasion. Joe Sanchez, director of public relations, will work with you and coordinate a class for your office, city or village. Call to schedule a class or for more information. From left: Grundfos District Sales Manager Tom Fox, Metropolitan Shipping and Receiving Manager Judy Allan and Metropolitan Wholesale Department Manager Mark Brickey pause for a quick group photo. City of Sycamore representatives Mike Marth (near), and Brian Carlson arrive at the open house. Between seminars, visitors toured the facility, viewed many displays or took time-out to enjoy lots of great food and drink. Metropolitan Service Manager Mike Schiazzano instructs the first of his two scheduled CEU classes for an audience of over 60 people. CEU classes are always available at Metropolitan throughout the year. The Metropolitan Service Department never closes

6 Metropolitan Industries, Inc. 37 Forestwood Drive Romeoville, IL PDHs and CEUs always available at Metropolitan At Metropolitan, we look forward to each opportunity to educate our present and future customers about on-going advances in pumping technology. Choose from a variety of seminars, listed below, or customize a class catered to your exact needs. A simple phone call to Joe Sanchez at , ext. 260, puts you on the RSVP list. Some classes are CEU and PDH qualified. Call for more information or to schedule a class. Choose From: Advances in SCADA Technology (3.0 CEUs) Energy-Saving Process for WWTP Advances in Domestic Water Booster Design Advances in Lift Station Design Trouble-Shooting a Control Panel (2.5 CEUs) Submersible Pump Repair (2.0 CEUs) Self-Priming Pump Advances Advances in Battery Back-Up Technology Phone: Sales fax:

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