What is Hot Tapping?

Hot tapping is the process of attaching a pipe to an active pipeline. It starts with drilling into the pressurized system – but it’s done while the stream is under pressure.

Did you know you need an audit before you can hot tap a pipeline? And, if you hot tap your pipes, it saves gas?

Our professionals are highly equipped and trained to attach a hot tapping machine to your pipeline. Keep reading to learn more about hot tapping.

How Is a Hot Tap Installed?

There are three main pieces to installing at hot tap: The tap-machine, fitting, and valve. The fitting is often welded to the existing pipeline. Then a valve gets attached to the fitting. 

The hot tap machine is then attached to the valve. When the valve and fitting are together, they attach to the original pipeline.

Afterward, it should be pressure tested. The pressure test is important. It allows the installer to identify any problems with the system, like a leak. When installing a hot tap, professionals usually use a new valve, gasket, and bolts.

Things to Note About Hot Tapping

There are a few things homeowners should know before considering hot tapping. Installing a hot tap to an existing pipeline or system isn’t routine maintenance. This means you shouldn’t get a hot tap installed or changed once a year unless you have to.

Installing a hot tap to an existing pipeline or system isn’t routine maintenance. This means you shouldn’t get a hot tap installed or changed one a year unless you have to.

Also, don’t try hot tapping yourself. Our staff is trained professionals, so they won’t mess up your pipelines. There are also many health concerns when it comes to hot tapping, so leave it to a professional.

There are certain conditions in which you shouldn’t try hot tapping your pipes. here are some examples of these conditions:

  • Pipes that are combustible or flammable
  • Pipes that contain acid or hazardous material
  • Stainless steel pipes that contain catacarb solution

Under these circumstances, it’s unsafe to connect a hot pipe machine to your pipelines.

Is It Safe?

This method of connecting a pipe to an existing pipeline isn’t always safe. Unsuccessful pressure tapping might cause property damage or personal injury. A few examples of property damage include:

  • Damaging the pipeline
  • Causing a fire or explosion
  • Interfering with other work that’s close by

Examples of personal injury include the following:

  • Skin or eye irritation
  • Injuries from sparks
  • Burns

When done accurately, pressure tapping is a safe and effective method for repairing corroded or damaged pipelines.

The Takeaway

Hot tapping isn’t a complicated procedure, but it’s best to leave it up to professionals. A professional is trained to complete hot tapping. 

Likewise, they are many dangers that come with hot tapping. Releasing harmful gasses and chemicals into the environment is always a possibility. And, if done, hot tapping might be hazardous to your health.

For more articles about hot tapping, check out our website. We also have a contact page where you can direct any questions to us.

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