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, May 28, 2020

Gas and Oil Industry Pipeline Pigging

The gas and oil industry use pigging to clean and inspect their pipelines, typically using the more advanced ‘smart pigs’ capable of detecting corrosion and leaks which can be explosive and dangerous to the environment. Pigging has been used for many years to clean large diameter pipelines in the oil industry. 

These industries, especially gas processing plants, often integrate pigging stations along their piping system. They are usually co-located with compressor stations or sited independently along the pipelines. Pigging operations are generally included in the project plans of interstate gas pipeline projects and are considered to a part of the pipeline system, therefore they aren’t allowed to be separate and oversight of these stations falls to pipeline companies, utilities and oil and gas operators per FERC or the Federal Energy Regulation Commission.

If you have questions about gas or oil pipeline and the regulations set in place by FERC, contact the experts at Professional Piping Services today. Their experienced and knowledgeable staff will help you find the answers to keep your system up to code and operating at its peak.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hydrostatic Pressure Testing

Boilers, evaporators, gas cylinders and pipelines that fluids flow through, there are many vessels in industries that undergo high pressure processes.  The fluids might be gas, liquid or possibly highly corrosive chemicals like sulfuric or hydrochloric acid. There are specific ranges of pressure for pipelines to transport fluids or for the vessels to operate. Even the most minor of leaks in the pipeline can lead to pressure loss and there is a potential for environmental contamination.

With the possibility of contamination,it is vital in both construction and maintenance of pipelines that Pipeline Hydrostatic testing be performed. It is necessary to make sure newly constructed lines are correctly commissioned for their purposed use before going into use. Also, regularly scheduled proper maintenance is required for any pipeline susceptible to leaking or failing so that it is caught during controlled testing procedures and NOT while chemicals or fuels are flowing through the pipes.

Pipeline hydrostatic pressure testing is done by charging the pipeline followed by shutting off the supply valve to document observations about the pressure loss. This hydrostatic test is done prior to commissioning and is a non-destructive test or quality control procedure which shows the integrity of the pipeline and the fabrication, as well as the welding and joint jobs performed on it.

With something as vital, don’t leave it to chance.  Contact a company with the skill and expertise to handle the job like the people at Professional Piping Services. Call them today at 800-780-6098 to discuss your concerns

My Client, Professional Piping Services, Inc., is a Certified Underground Utility Contractor License Number CU-C055717 Any errors in this document are not the fault of Professional Piping Services, Inc. and should be brought to the attention of the blog owner for immediate correction.

Pipeline Smoke Testing

Why should smoke testing be done?

Smoke testing is one of the most cost effective and efficient ways to identify and locate exfiltration and infiltration problems in sewer systems.

Smoke testing involves smoke filled air to be forced through a sewer line. The pressure used causes the smoke to fill the pipeline and any connections, following the path of the leak to the surface, ultimately revealing the source of the leak. Smoke tests are highly effective no matter of soil type, depth of lines or surface types, so long as openings exist for the smoke to follow.

Smoke doesn't always begin at the spot the smoke plumes emerges.Sometimes, smoke can be seen coming out through vents, gutters, manholes or out of the ground.that may indicate a defect or possible break in the sewer pipeline itself. Since sewer gases can cause health issues, determining the origin of plumbing leaks in buildings is of particular importance to building occupants and owners.

If you know or suspect that there might be issues with the sewer pipeline connected to your property, contact the experts at Professional Piping Services at 800-780-6098 to discuss your options.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Pickled Pipes?


Chemical descaling, also known as pickling, is one of several available pre-treatment steps for preparing pipes for additional processing like electropolishing or passivation. It can be used prior to “superior” cleaning operation of welded lines or structures.

Pickling typically is done to remove firmly attached oxide films, commonly caused by heat treating, welding, hot-forming and other high temperature operations. All these oxides, also known as ‘scale’, need to be removed. In some cases, pickling of stainless steels is performed in two steps, one for softening the scale and one for final scale removal. Over-pickling, under-pickling and pitting usually are the direct results of lack of control over process variables including acid concentrations, solution temperature and contact time making the choice to use a professional like the people at Professional Piping Services, Inc a wise decision.

Before the pickling process is performed, heavy surface soils like, heavy rust, dye, adhesive residue, grease, some scale, oil and other types of foreign materials need to removed. This is commonly done by the use of solvent or chemical cleaning, steam cleaning, water jetting and mechanical cleaning like pipe pigging.

Contact Professional Piping Services Inc. toll free at 800-780-6098 for those outside the Tampa Bay area or locally at 813-994-0032 to discuss your piping needs and to discuss a plan that’s right for your situation.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Regular Pipeline Cleaning Is Crucial

There are various reasons why regular pipeline cleaning is crucial.  Below are what’s considered the five most important:

  1. Cleaning restores the hydraulic efficiencies of the pipeline thereby improving its carrying capacity
  2. Keeps build-up reduced making the insertion of internal pipe diagnostic tools quick and easy prior to a condition assessment
  3. Clean pipes are a necessary step prior to any pipeline rehabilitation service
  4. Clearing pipe build-up greatly reduces how hard a pump must work to transport water through the pipeline: lower pump pressure equals less stress on the pump causing it to last longer and operate at a lower cost
  5. Any deposits on the inside of the pipeline will affect the taste, turbidity and quality of the water

You have several options when it comes to types of pipeline cleaning, each with its own benefits,

Jetting: Jetting uses a high-pressured flow of water to scrub the inside surface of a pipe to remove scale and other debris that’s built up over time.The benefits of jetting include, less water use, particularly if using reclaimed water, easier access planning with cut-ins, ability to track progress with hose length.

Scraping: Scraping is a more mechanical process, where a device is pulled or pushed through a pipe to remove any built-up deposits down to the bare metal of the pipe.  Because of this harsh treatment, it should always be followed by a pipe lining method to help prevent increased rate of corrosion.  Some benefits of scraping are; it can provide effective, long-term cleaning especially for pipes with the hardest of pipe deposits and it doesn’t rely on pipe flow or water pressure.

Pigging: Pipeline pigging if the process that removes debris and cleans the inside of the pipeline using a device known as a “pig”. The pig is sent through the piping via normal water flow. Pigs are generally spherical or round, aiding its ability to more freely through the pipe and clean the pipe efficiently. Some benefits include; the ability to clean up to one mile in just run and less expensive equipment, both lowering the cost of cleaning.

Whatever the application, Professional Piping Services has best-in-class cleaning technology to get your pipelines clean – no matter how tough the deposits. Contact them today to talk about all your industrial pipe cleaning needs.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Hydrant Leg Pipe Pigging

Piping systems that deliver potable water can also have another critical function, that being the provision of water in both sufficient pressure and volume to meet the demands of firefighting equipment. Thus making the cleaning of hydrant leg piping at the same time as cleaning the main line advantageous to restore both to their maximum flow.

When the main line is restored and cleaned to its ultimate flow capacity, typically there is significant increase in the volume capacity of the system. However, if the pipes that connect the hydrants to the main are not cleaned at the same time, then those improvements in flow may not be reflected in the flow capacity of the hydrant. This is one reason companies like Professional Piping Services urge the cleaning of the hydrant leg piping be part of the overall cleaning plan of the system.

In cities and communities, there is one thing essential to all areas, the importance of fire safety.  Don’t wait to test the system when an emergency arises. Make the cleaning of hydrant leg piping part of your overall potable water piping cleaning plan. Contact Professional Piping Services to discuss cleaning options with you today,