Over the years, the technology of pipeline pigging hardware hasn't had to change very much. The way they are used, however, has changed quickly.
Just sending a pipe pig through a system and expecting it be be clean is naive. When sending an inline inspection tool through the system, you require that your your pig has reduced or eliminated lift off, so you can get a more accurate result from magnetic flux leakage inspection. The pipeline's efficiency should also be greatly improved after thorough pigging.
The best cleaning that ensures the system's peak condition will require the services of a qualified pipeline-cleaning service company such as Professional Piping Services, Inc.
The original mechanical pigs were simple devices jury rigged together from bailed cloth and barbed wire. They have matured into today's polyurethane (PU) marvels. Each Poly Pig manufacturer will choose their own blends and ratios of pre-polymers & curing compounds that combine to create the castable fluid with various foam densities, abrasion resistance, elasticities and other variables that impact effectiveness and durability in any given application.
What kinds of Pigs are available?
The applications that Poly Pigs can be used for, and the forms they might take are as varied as the piping industry itself. For the most part, 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.
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).
Health, Safety and Protecting the Environment
Industrial Pipe Pigging operations require management which protects the health and safety of its job site, workers, clients & general population while preventing damage to property.The procedure also must protect the Environment, carefully complying with applicable laws and regulations.
For success, safety must be the highest priority, no matter the size of the project or how much of an emergency the situation seems to be. Those performing this work must be provided with the proper tools and training to complete these tasks safely, in accordance with regulatory requirements. Pipeline pigging workers must be granted the right & responsibility to prevent accidents, avoid product releases & stop property losses. Employees and contractors must also do their part to understand and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
Health, safe job sites and a clean environment are of the highest concern to any reputable Poly Pigging company.
When I think of reputable Poly Pigging companies, I think of one such company, with years of experience, lead by a recognized authority on the topic, Roger M Cimbora, Sr, - Professional Piping Services, Inc.
Professional Piping Services, Inc. ensures all workers have received appropriate training & have the appropriate experience for any assigned task & provides procedures to complete all assigned work safely. The appropriate tools and equipment are provided to ensure all work is done safely.
When the time comes to have your pipes cleaned, or if you are considering a pipe pig to purge product between production runs, there are certain things to consider before you start.
Scheduling pipeline pigging as part of your maintenance regime helps keep your pipelines at full flow and may alert you to pending rupture or leaks. Pipeline Poly Pigs are applicable in a wide range of pipe materials including steel, concrete, plastic / PVC, aluminum, glass and more, carrying a wide range of product including wastewater & storm water to fuel & lubricating oils.
During routine pipeline maintenance with poly pigs, data can be collected,including pig speed and inertia, location and depth of any damage or variation in pipe wall thickness and indications of intrusion or debris. The collected data helps determine the optimal sequence of pigs to be used for cleaning and keeping a complete record of each run, a history is formed, allowing the pipeline owner or manager to gauge the rate of change and respond accordingly.
An additional advantage to beginning a poly pigging regime is that the initial session provideds the opportunity to have the system mapped or re-mapped with a smart pig to verify or correct the information in any diagrams that exist for the piping system. Being confident in the location and diameter of each leg of the system, and their condition, as well as the status of any valves, can facilitate future preventative maintenance or repairs, putting them on the fast track and saving potentially large amounts of money.
Professional Piping Services Inc. can help evaluate your pipe system, recommend a poly pigging regimen and perform the pigging with skill & professionalism.
The staff at Professional Piping Services Inc. has been working in the industry for decades. The owner, Roger M Cimbora, Sr., is an expert in the field, serving on committees, acting as an instructor,leading seminars & publishing papers on the topics of piping system rehabilitation, cleaning and evaluation.
Is it possible that I've gotten this far into discussing pipe system cleaning, and specifically Pipe Pigging, without actually defining "Pipe Pigging" for those that had never heard of it?
Well, it seemed like maybe I had, so this post is to rectify that oversight.
When wastewater force mains or other industrial piping systems experience reduced flow, progressive Pipe Pigging may be the best option to correct the situation, restoring maximal flow. But, just what is Pipe Pigging anyway? (Also called Polly Pigging or Poly Pigging)
A professionally engineered piping system will have been created with certain flow rates, velocities and pressure in mind. In the life of the system, periods of low flow velocity or high concentrations of fat, oil and grease or sediment will lead to material build up on the inside of the pipes. This results in reduced flow, high energy costs and extra maintenance for the pumps, and possibly system failure that including a hazardous spills.
Pipe pigging (or "Polly Pigging" / "Poly Pigging") is the use of a slug, often made of polyurethane, known as a pig, to clean the inside of a pipe. It is pushed through the system by the same force that carries the system's product, or pulled through the system using a cable. If you can remember the bank drive through with the pneumatic shuttle that carried your papers back and forth to the teller, the concept is similar, except that the shuttle is specifically designed to clean as it passes. It can often be done with very little or even zero interruption of service. Progressive poly pigging (polly pigging) is the use of various sizes and densities of pig, in sequence, through the pipe system, inspecting the pig and the product until the pipes are clean.
Pipe Pigging can be used alone or with other methods such as high pressure water jetting to ensure your pipe system achieves and maintains its optimal flow.
Professional Piping Services was formed in 1985. The company has designed, managed & implemented successful cleaning of and maximum flow capacity restoration of thousands of miles of previously malfunctioning pipe.
These miles and miles of pipes have been made of piping material that include rubber, asbestos, cast iron, glass, cement, steel, plastic & even wood.
The piping applications for which we can provide cleaning include potable water, reuse and raw water systems,
The applications for cleaning that we can provide include fuel systems, intake and outfalls, oxygen/ozone plants, reuse and raw water systems, potable water systems, hot, chill and condenser water piping, sprinkler systems, wastewater force mains, process piping, chemical/mineral transfers & newly installed piping.
The staff of Professional Piping Services are OSHA trained and certified with hands on knowledge attained through decades of fixing poorly performing piping.
Roger M Cimbora, Sr., General Manager of Professional Piping Services, Inc., has these extensive credentials;
Stories in this section of my blog are about my client, Professional Piping Services. They operate as a Certified Underground Utility Contractor with License Number CU-C055717
These are written by a layperson and are therefore subject to imperfection.
Brandon is one of Tampa's most popular bedroom communities and is growing into a city of its own. This growth, of course, requires additional infrastructure to support it. The burden of that falls onto the Hillsborough County Government and the contractors hired by the county.
A huge portion of this infrastructure improvement is new or larger pipes for drinking water, waste water (sewage) and reclaimed water for lawn irrigation.
A pipe pig can be used on a brand new system to clean out construction debris and ensure a high quality product is delivered to the homes and businesses in Brandon, Florida.
There may be a time that the existing pipes are designed to handle more capacity than they are currently capable of. In this case, a poly pig pipe cleaning system might save the time and cost of digging up and replacing pipes, restoring full flow to both potable and non-potable systems with a minimum of downtime or disruption.
Any mention of pipe poly pigging would be incomplete without a mention of smart pigs. If your Brandon FL pipe project involves pipes whose actual layout is in question, You may choose a "Sherlock Pig" electronic device placed inside a special poly pig which transmits a signal to a receiver as it travels through the system. This will allow the system to be mapped in three dimensions including under ground or submerged in ponds, lakes or rivers.
If you have the responsibility to ensure the maximum efficiency of a professional piping system in Brandon or East Hillsborough County Florida, Professional Piping Services, Inc. are The Piping Cleaning Specialists.
Orlando Raw Water Piping Professionals
Raw water piping systems are most important to maintain and clean. These types of water piping systems supply water for consumption to residents nearby. The Orlando raw water piping systems are at the mercy of physical and chemical elements of the water they carry. Chemicals can erode internal materials and cause buildup in the piping system. It's natural for piping systems to accumulate buildup over time. For health, safety and efficient flow purposes raw water piping systems should be cleaned and restored on a regular maintenance schedule. Their flow condition will reflect the changes over time.
When You Should Consider a Clean and Restore Project for a Raw Water or Well Collection System?
When there are flow issues in your raw water piping system your pump pressures will be constantly increasing. This stress on the pumps can lead to further damages and increased costs of production. The volume of the flow, measured in GPM, will steadily decrease when flow issues are present in raw water piping systems. Both of these are signs the Orlando raw water piping system should be inspected.
If signs of raw water piping system contamination, such as plugged strainers or settling ponds filling up, are present it may be time to have your system cleaned and restored. When contamination is present the water treatment costs climb. To keep your system running effectively you should have an inspection done.
When you plan to add a new water supply source or have the raw water piping system extended, you should consider a cleaning or restoring of your raw water piping system.
Replacing pipes often requires a lot of excavation and restoration. Piping gets thrown out when it's actually serviceable and needed a cleaning. The issue being that it needed cleaning and will now go to waste. Taps and visual inspections will confirm dirty pipes or the need to request service for your raw water piping system
Pipe pigging or a poly pig can save you time, money and headaches, cleaning the pipes in place. This restores the flow rate and the quality of the delivered product with minimal disruption to your system's operation.
Orlando raw water piping systems and well collection systems should be cleaned on a regular schedule and inspected for contamination or corrosion.
New Construction Pipe Cleaning
Until you consider some of these points, you might think that cleaning a brand new piping system is a waste of time. It hasn't had time to build up any "gunk" yet. Think about this though, piping systems are put together by humans and humans make mistakes. They leave tools behind. They drop stuff. Animals find shelter inside open systems. There are any number of possible ways for a "clean" system to become dirty or contaminated.
The benefits of cleaning your system are also manifold. The first that comes to mind is knowing immediately, if the system fails, that there's nothing blocking the pipes. You can also be confident that debris will not damage pump impellers, valve seats, meters and other expensive inline equipment.
Allows a good hydrostatic test when the cleaning process will dispels and remove all the air in your system.
Reduce water waste during the initial fill of the system, avoids creating a new water feature the landscaper didn't plan for.
Doing this now costs very little but can save your huge sums of money!
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Tampa Industrial Pipe Cleaning
Whether your product is actual product, or if your piping product is waste, you have to keep your pipes clean or they will fail. That failure may be the slow but sure reduction in flow, or it might be a complete blockage. Reduced flow when your "product" is product means less product per minute which means less dollars per minute. If your product is waste, then you may end up with a backup and possibly a storage problem. In either case, reduced flow costs more in electricity to run any pumps involved, and might cause additional wear to those pumps, leading to premature failure.
A little preventative can go a long way. Clean pipes simply flow better, therefore costing you less to operate and maintain. Professional Piping Systems, Inc. can help you choose the correct method of cleaning to get the most efficient result.
Hydro Jet Pipe Cleaning Tampa
In some cases, a high power water jet will be used to clear debris. A water jet is effective on any size pipe by maintaining the correct flow an pressure. Water jetting is effective on build up and debris including roots, sewage, grease (cooking or automotive) mineral scale and more. Professional Piping Services Inc. can use on-site water supply or bring their own tank if the job requires it.
Tampa Pipe Pigging
In other cases, an inline device known as a pipe pig or poly pig will be used to scrub the walls of the pipes. Pipe pigs come in a variety of diameters from less than a foot, to larger than a man. The scrubbing surface of the pig can vary depending on the buildup and the material of the pipe. A smart pig can be used to track down or verify the location of lost pipes and valves.
Qualified Piping Professional
Professional Piping Services Inc. is lead by Roger M Cimbora Sr., General Manager. Mr Cimbora is the trusted expert in the field of industrial pipe maintenance and flow restoration. In the industry since the 1950's his knowledge and experience is invaluable to his peers and academia.
Professional Piping Services Inc. provides:
Tampa Industrial Pipe Cleaning
Tampa Pipe Jetting
Tampa Pipe Pigging Service.
Tampa Pipe mapping