How Hydrostatic Testing Can Save Your Pipelines in the Long Run

Whether it is commercial, industrial or private, pipelines are everywhere. Whether it may be gas cylinders or pressure vessels, although you may not always visibly see them, they are there and need regular maintenance like all other daily used components. This is done for a variety of reasons, the main being leak detection and defective materials. Laying pipelines is very costly and ensuring that their integrity remains intact is why hydrostatic testing can save pipelines in the long run.

Although generally considered as a non-destructive testing method, it can be hazardous if the defects on specific components are severe, as it can cause potential rupture. Therefore, it is advisable to conduct hydrostatic testing through proper job planning and making use of professionals, thereby minimising the risk of failure and preventing accidents.

How does hydrostatic testing work?

Water is the most common medium used in hydrostatic testing. Although, when water contamination can occur, hydraulic fluids and oils may be used. It is advisable, when doing water testing, to put a colour dye in the water as this will make it easier to detect any leaks or seam faults in the pipelines.

In a nutshell, hydrostatic testing is done by filling coHydrostatic Testing Pumpntainers with water at high pressure until they reach their designated capacity, revealing where leaks appear and where there are weak seam lines in the welding. By doing this, it will prevent any major leaks in the long run thereby saving money and time.

Which components require maintenance?

Hydrostatic testing is commonly used for the regular maintenance of fire suppression systems, newly installed or modified gas and water systems as well as leads, tanks and reactors in the industrial process. It is imperative that extinguishers are maintained on an average between five and 12 years based on the type that you have.

Before pipelines can be laid into the ground, it has to be determined whether the pipeline is pressurised correctly. Installing water-tight and leak-free pipelines save on regular maintenance and, in the case of gas pipelines, can save lives. Proofing pipe strength and identifying flaws allow repairs to be done before pipelines are placed in service.

As a leader in the industry, our range of hydrostatic testing equipment is top-notch. When it comes to hydrostatic testing, Bestline Manufacturing can custom-design and supply the equipment for industry-specific requirements, whether it is fieldwork or in explosive environments. Once in use, we will continue to offer you support with the upkeep and general maintenance of your system.

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