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.

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Potable Water System Cleaning

About The Cleaning Process For Potable Water

  • Circumstances can vary, but potable water system cleaning is commonly done in 8 to 10 hr increments, disinfecting the system and restoring normal potable use at each shutdown.
  • The process is prepared to allow immediate service restoration should the need arise, as might be the case for fire protection.
  • Planning and notification of all consumers supplied by the system with information on how to work around or otherwise cope with the situation is an important piece of the process.
  • The size or sizes of the pipes to be cleaned, as well as the age of each section the the interior conditions of the pipes can greatly influence the speed of the cleaning, with reliable mapping, it is not unusual to process a mile of pipe in one session.
  • When possible, the cleaning process should start at the primary source of supply so that your potable water begins flowing through freshly cleaned pipes right away.
  • Present water quality standards ensure that potable water leaving the treatment facility in such a condition to allow the newly cleaned pipes to become soiled again.
  • Properly treating potable water costs you and your customers or citizens a lot of money. Delivering it through dirty pipes is shameful and disgusting!

  • Because the cleaning of the system generally requires identification and opening of all of it's valves, a cleaning project often yields the added benefit of new, more accurate, system maps.
This article is written with a heavy influence from Professional Piping Services, Inc. who provides pipeline pigging with poly pigs and high power water jets. Their liscense information is:

Certified Underground Utility Contractor
License Number CU-C055717

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Wastewater Force Main Cleaning

When we think of "dirty" piping product, there may be nothing more dirty than wastewater, carrying fats, oils, grease, kitchen waste and, of course, the bathroom flush.

Suppose you've just brought a pristine wastewater system online. With the first flush, load of laundry, someone's dishes... debris and residue settles or adheres out of the water and onto your formerly clean pipes, beginning the process of clogging them up, reducing flow and costing you more money in power and maintenance.

If any of these conditions exist in your piping system, it may be time to have them cleaned and restored to max flow capacity:

  • Wet well evacuation takes longer and longer
  • Pressure increases at the discharge head
  • Your pumps have to run longer
  • You plan to upgrade your pumps and make other station improvements
  • Costs are increasing, especially energy use.
  • Circumstances of the installation did not allow a cleaning before going onilne
  • The system has been use under capacity, causing it to act as long, thin, settling basin
  • Flow volume at discharge point is much lower than it used to be
  • Maintenance staff has grown weary of alarm lights
  • Laminar flow characteristics and Hazen-Williams "C" Factors have fallen to unreadable levels
  • Odor problems continue in spite of your efforts
Remember that replacing the pipe means scuttling serviceable piping whose only offence is being dirty. Save time, money and disruption by having your system cleaned using an inline Poly Pig. There's a good chance this can be done with zero downtime, or very little.

My client, Professional Piping Services is a Certified Underground Utility Contractor
with License Number CU-C055717

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Piping System Tracking and Location

A piping system, one would hope, starts with a plan. Too often, the piping system "as planned" turns out to be the piping system "as imagined" and has little to do with the reality of the system "as built".

When this happens, maintenance can become a difficult game of guesswork.

Save yourself hours or days of labor and expensive unnecessary excavation by using a great tool known as Sherlock  Pig.

Those in the professional piping industry are probably familiar with the Poly Pig, as it's commonly used to clean pipes (Process Pigging), restoring full product flow.

This same concept with the addition of a tracker can be used to fully map your piping system including "lost" valves, mystery connections, possible inline blockages, size disparities and leakage.

Learn more about Sherlock and its sidekicks, (yes, there is a Watson and a Little Piggy model as well) on my client's site: Professional Piping Services

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reuse/Reclaim Water Pipes

Reclaimed Water Piping

In the interest of conservation, either self selected or government imposed, reuse and reclaim watering systems have become common.

These systems, like others, have a tendency to get dirty over time. Cleaning these pipes can save you money and a bit of preventative cleaning might save you the hassle of replacing a bunch of pipe.

When should you have your Reuse / Reclaim system cleaned?
  • It was installed under circumstances that prevented it from being cleaned prior to initial service
  • The end users have clogged sprinkler heads, valves & controls
  • Various biological growths are found in the system which are not removed by flushing
  • Maintenance staff has become accustomed to requests to "flush the system again"! 
To have your Reuse / Reclaim system cleaned, contact Professional Piping Services

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

High Pressure Water Jetting

When Commercial Piping Systems Engineers think of cleaning their pipes, a poly pig might be the first thing to come to mind, and often it's the right tool.

Sometimes, a High Pressure Water Jet system is the better tool for the job, or the two can be used in stages to achieve the desired result.

High Pressure Jetting is a very efficient way to clear blockages from pipes, regardless of pipe size, when the proper flow and pressure are used. Debris, including tree roots, sewage sludge, cooking or automotive grease, lime scale and more can be jetted loose to be flushed out with a high pressure system.

High Pressure Water Jetting as a form of preventative maintenance can save you money! Shutdowns and failures are inconvenient and costly. Even without complete failure, running a system with reduced flow means higher energy costs to run your pumps, and higher repair costs to maintain these pumps that are working harder than necessary.

Your pipe cleaning professional will help you decide if a poly pig, water jet, or combination of both, will best work to get your pipes flowing again. They will have the right equipment including

  • A high pressure water pump
  • A diesel engine or equivalent to power the water jet
  • An appropriate sized water tank to maximize efficiency and minimize trips offsite to refill.
Professional Piping Services, Inc. has the training, years of experience and specialized equipment to do the job right the first time!