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, 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!

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.