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.

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!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Just What Is Pipe Pigging Anyway?

When municipal wastewater force mains or other industrial piping systems suffer from reduced flow, progressive poly pigging (Pipe Pigging) may be the best choice to rectify the situation and restore maximal flow. But, just what is Poly Pigging anyway?

Any professionally designed piping system will have been engineered with certain flow rates (Gallons per minute), velocities (Feet per second) and pressure (PSI). During the life of the system, low flow velocities or high concentrations of FOG (fat, oil, grease) and sediment will lead to material build up on the inside surfaces of the pipes. This leads to reduced flow, higher energy cost and maintenance for the pumps, and possibly system failure that could include a nasty spill.

Poly pigging (Often written as "Polly Pigging") is the use of a polyurethane or other material slug, known as a pig, to clean the inside of a pipe. It is propelled through the system by the same force that carries the system's product, or pulled through the system using a cable. It can often be done with little to no interruption of service. Progressive poly pigging (polly pigging) is the use of various sizes and densities of pig, passed in sequence, through a pipe system, inspecting the pig and the product until the pipes are at their optimum clean. On each pass, the pig exits the system into a "pig catcher" and the debris is collected for disposal.

Poly Pigging can be used alone or in conjunction with other cleaning methods such as high pressure water jetting to ensure your pipe system achieves and maintains its optimal flow.

Tampa Water Jet Pipe Cleaning

I've written about Water Jet Cleaning before, but It's time to revisit the topic.

The last time I wrote about this, I started out with a mention that poly pigs are the first choice of many Piping Systems Engineers. My client, Professional Piping Services, Inc., provides that service for Tampa Florida as well.

But, there may be times that a poly pig, especially in HDPE pipes, might pose a risk of damage to the pipe. There are soft pigs that mitigate or eliminate that risk, but when there is sediment that might grind between the pig and the inside of the pipe, water jetting may be the preferred method.

High pressure water jet pipe cleaning works to clear debris from any size pipe. Jetting is effective against tree roots, cooking grease, automotive grease, lime / hard water buildup, sewage sludge and more that might be found in your Tampa Piping System.

Shutdowns cost money! Backups cause property damage! Preventative maintenance is key! When debris causes the effective inside diameter of the pipe to get smaller and smaller, reduced flow and higher energy costs are sure to follow, along with costly repairs to overworked pumps.


The pipe cleaning professionals at  Professional Piping Services, Inc will help you determine if poly pigginh, water jetting, or a regiment of both, will most efficiently get your pipes back to full capacity. They have the right equipment such as water pumps, jets, poly pigs and water tanks, as well as training and experience to properly care for your Tampa Industrial Piping.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Raw Water Pipe System Cleaning

First, what is "Raw Water"?

Raw water includes rainwater, ground water, and water from lakes and rivers. This water is called "raw" as opposed to water that has been treated to become potable or water which has been used in an industrial process, such as waste water.

Factors to consider in the Cleaning Process For Raw Water

The access port into the system is usually readily established by inserting a tee or a wye fitting, preferably a tee, into the system at convenient point at the beginning or end of the length to be cleaned.

One might be surprised to learn that many raw water systems are cleaned "backward". That is, they are cleaned from the discharge point back toward the source. This often accommodates site and system conditions and helps mitigate or minimize flow disruption in connected segments.

The volume of matter, (minerals, deposits, grit, construction debris, marine growth...) can be much greater than a reasonable person would have expected. Water present during this cleaning will be subject to high turbidity and will have solids in suspension. This makes the water unsuitable for use in the normal treatment process. This is a temporary situation and can be resolved with various customized applications. A decision must be made ahead of time regarding how to contain the solids and dispose of the water impacted by the cleaning process.

My client, Professional Piping Services, Inc., provides this service. They are a Certified Underground Utility Contractor and their License Number is CU-C055717