Friday, January 25, 2999

Professional Piping Services, Inc.

This inaugural post is to make it clear that this blog and its content are the product of TecBrat and not my client, Professional Piping Services, Inc.

TecBrat will attempt to ensure whatever is written here is accurate, but considering I'm a web-developer and not a pipe cleaning professional, I am subject to error and ignorance. If you'd like to let me know about an error, please submit a comment on the relevant post and I'll look into it.

My goal is to share some of the wisdom and experience of my client while hopefully helping the world to get to know my client.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Pre-commission Pigging

One might think it unnecessary to clean a brand new piping system, but think about the fact that cleaning the system prior to use will effectively remove debris, lost tools, wildlife, lumber and other things you wouldn't imagine could have made their way into your system during construction.

The initial pipe pigging will also answer the first question that would be asked if the new system isn't pumping correctly "Is there an obstruction in the pipes?"


Foreign objects are a threat to pump impellers, valve seats and other inline components. Pigging removes that threat.

Because the cleaning process removes the air from the system, it allows for an effective hydrostatic test.

Pigging wastes less water than traditional flush methods and avoids creating a lake of waste at the end of the system. We certainly don't need more cleanup tasks added to our routine!
For systems that require disinfection or other inline treatment, organic material, chlorine and other contaminants are removed from the system and the treatment process is ensured full contact with and saturation of the interior pipe surfaces and all the fittings.

The system gets a good test run, checking all the valves, confirming flow patterns, and allowing for tests of blow offs, drains, vacuum breakers, air releases, so that the operator will have confidence in their operation. Years of experience with a variety of systems has proven that this is not a light consideration.

For these reason, and more, plus the fact that it adds very little to the bottom line cost of the project, pre-commission pipe pigging is highly recommended.

Contact Professional Piping Service, Inc. for more details.
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Another Look at Pipe Pigging

Another Look at Pipe Pigging


Although the technology of the hardware of pipeline pigs has been fairly static, the way they are put to use changes quickly.

Just running a poly pig through a pipe and declaring it "clean" is nonsense! When you send an inline inspection tool through the piping system, you expect that your your pig has reduced or eliminated lift off, allowing a more accurate result from magnetic flux leakage inspection. One also expects the pipeline's efficiency to be greatly improved after thorough pigging.

To get the best cleaning and ensure the system's peak condition, it is a must to enlist the services of a qualified pipeline-cleaning service company such as Professional Piping Services, Inc.

The first mechanical pigs were pretty rustic devices thrown together from bailed fabric and barbed wire. The have matured into today's polyurethane (PU or just "Poly") marvels. Each manufacturer will select their own types and ratios of pre-polymers and curing agents that combine to create the castable product with various foam densities, abrasion resistance, elasticities and other variables that impact effectiveness and durability in a given application.

What kinds of Pigs are available?

The kinds of pigs, and the applications they can be used for, are as varied as the piping industry itself. Generally, pigs are are made in sizes with a 1.5 length to diameter ratio. Keeping your bends, or ells, to a minimum of 1.5D is therefore important for them to be easily piggable. Tandem pigs can be used to navigate the tighter ells, if retrofitting an existing system is not an option.

In addition to Poly Foam or PU pigs, steel mandrel discs and cups can be used for certain applications.

The Polly foam types are generally made to match the Outside Diameter of the pipe and can navigate tight radius ells, miter bends, "T" intersections, multi-diameter piping systems and reduced port valves. Polly Foam Pigs sometimes incorporate wire strip brushes for more thorough cleaning, a nose pull rope to assist in propulsion, transmitter cavity to install varoius instruments, making it a smart pig, and other accessories as may be required.

When using an ILI, it may be required to provide data before the ILI tool is introduced into the system. This data can be captured using a caliper pig to identify welds, taps, valve, bends, wall thickness and more.

A smart pig was mentioned before, but let me explain. A smart pig (also know as Sherlock Pig) helps re-map the entire system. A pipeline's construction doesn't always match the original plan, so the documents may not provide an accurate picture of the final system. The smart pig can identify lost branches and valves, changes in diameter, and can even specify depth in earth or water.

There is much more to this topic than the author can address at this time. When you need help with your piping system, don't trust me, trust my client, Professional Piping Services, Inc.

The author of this article has referenced source(s) from the internet including an article from pgjonline.com. The client for whom this is written is much more knowledgeable about the topic than the author. Any inaccuracy or error should be attributed to the author, and not the Poly Pig Specialists themselves, or the referenced article(s).

Friday, August 3, 2018

Pipeline Pigging Considerations

Pipeline poly pigs and other pipe pigging systems can be used to remove impurities, restore flow or purge product from a pipe-train. The conditions of the pipe, the reason for pigging and the design of the system each play a role in determining how to proceed.

Product purging pigs need to fit very tightly in their pipes, like the plunger in a syringe. A pig designed to remove loose sand and gravel will have different characteristics than one designed to remove inches or even feet of caked on debris from the interior of pipes. Pipes with such massive build up may even need a progression of pigs of increasing diameter to finally accomplish the job.

All this debris has to go somewhere, so the pig catcher will need to be equipped to capture the mess as well as the poly pig.

If the system has never been pigged before, or you just need to re-map the system before some other project, a radio transmitting smart pig called "Sherlock Pig" can be passed through the system to correct any differences between reality and paper.

Differences in pipe diameter, obstructions such as valves, and branches the might lead the pig astray must be accounted for and dealt with.

Professional Piping Services, Inc., lead by Roger M Cimbora, Sr., General Manager, has the expertise and experience to select the right pigging system and make sure it's put to good use, getting our system back to it's optimal performance.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Pipeline Pigging for Maintenance.

Developing a pipeline pigging maintenance schedule helps keep your pipeline in top shape, at full flow and may give you an early alert to a pending rupture or leak. Pipeline Poly Pigs can be used in a variety of pipe materials including stainless steel, concrete, PVC, aluminum, glass and more, moving product ranging from wastewater and storm water to fuel and lubricating oils.

When performing routine pipeline maintenance with poly pigs, data can be collected for future reference including pig speed and inertia, location and depth of any damage or variation in pipe wall thickness and indications of intrusion or debris. This data helps determine the correct sequence of pigs to be used for cleaning. By keeping a complete record of each run, a history can form so that the pipeline owner or manager can gauge the rate of change and act accordingly.

Another advantage of beginning a pigging regiment is that during the initial session, you can have the system mapped or re-mapped with a smart pig to ensure or correct the accuracy of any diagrams you may have of your system. Knowing the location, diameter and condition of each leg of the system and any valves can expedite future preventative maintenance or repairs.

Professional Piping Services Inc. can help assess your pipeline, recommend a pigging regime and perform the pigging with skill and professionalism.

Professional Piping Services Inc. has been in the industry for decades and the owner, Roger M Cimbora, Sr.,  is a trusted expert in the field, serving on committees, acting as an instructor,leading seminars and writing papers on the topics of piping system rehabilitation, cleaning and evaluation .

Friday, June 1, 2018

Proper cleaning of Oxygen and Ozone pipe systems - C.G.A. G-4.1

C.G.A. G-4.1
The Compressed Gas Association, (CGA) has published C.G.A. G-4.1 which specifies procedures for  Cleaning Equipment For Oxygen Service​.

Do not underestimate the importance of compliance with these guidelines. Oxygen reacts violently with many substances that might contaminate a piping system or other oxygen handling components.. These reactions could lead to destruction of equipment, injury or loss of life.


Professional Piping Services, Inc. has the training, experience and proper equipment to safely provide this critical cleaning service.

Professional Piping Services, Inc., established in 1985, has designed, managed, and restored thousands of miles of pipes, carrying all manner or product. When working with oxygen systems, their work complies with C.G.A. G-4.1. Their staff is trained and certified to comply with OSHA29, CFR 1910.120 for health and safety.

Roger M. Cimbora Sr.

Roger M Cimbora Sr, is the General Manager of Professional Piping Services, Inc. He has worked in the piping industry for several decades! Mr. Cimbora is the expert who is relied upon by committees resolving piping system issues. Mr. Cimbora's committee roles have included  American Water Works Association Research Committee, the National Task Committee on Piping System Rehabilitation, The American Society of Civil Engineers and American Water Works Association.

The piping industry recognizes him for his knowledge and expertise as a writer and an instructor, conducting  over 1200 educational, and training seminars on piping systems cleaning in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Cimbora  has created and implemented several training & instructional programs for in house staff as well as those sponsored by various municipalities

A primary contributor to the extensive, in depth survey by the US Army Corp of Engineer for a cost analysis of cleaning and rehabilitating piping systems, Mr. Cimbora expertise was again needed.

Roger's achievements & expertise surpass the time and space I have in this forum. To sum it up, when you need an experienced professional who knows the piping industry, Mr. Cimbora is your guy!