Hydrostatic testing is the accepted approach to safely testing pipelines. To proceed with hydrostatic testing, the pipeline must be pulled out of service for the duration of the procedure. We work quickly and efficiently to ensure that your service is not interrupted for unnecessary lengths of time.
Prior to the hydrostatic testing, we will vent a small amount of gas from the pipeline. A gas odor may be detected temporarily, but this is completely safe and poses no public health or safety risks. We will notify local agencies prior to engaging in the task, and we guarantee the safest and most reliable methods available.
To comprehend the necessity for hydrostatic testing, you should imagine a portable fire extinguisher. These are required to be available in every public building. Over time, a fire extinguisher’s structural integrity may become compromised if they are improperly stored or incorrectly handled, causing them to malfunction or burst. Hydrostatic testing is one way of ensuring the quality and safety of such a device.
Hydrostatic testing as performed by Tinosa Inc. is entirely and completely safe, and we have several safety measures in place to ensure smooth operations. In the event of a pipeline failure during water testing, it is not cause for major concern. Water is not compressible such as gas or air, and the energy will dissipate quickly. In the event of water testing failure causing flooding or structural damage to roadbeds, Tinosa Inc. has emergency teams ready to execute our repair plans.
Is Hydrostatic Testing harmful to the environment?
No, it is completely safe and we follow all proper protocols to eliminate any possible threat to the environment. We ensure environmental safety by filtering the water for contaminants during the pipeline draining process. We will collect the water into storage tanks and have a lab perform tests to determine contamination levels.Should the water be tested positive for contamination, it will certainly be disposed of properly according to standards at a permitted facility. Otherwise, clean water will be properly disposed of into sewage pipes or open fields. The most of hydrostatic tested water comes back clean.
The reason we use water in most testing scenarios is because of the immense risk for explosion when using a high pressure gas. Water requires very little work to expand due to its incompressible nature, and in the event of container failure, only a small amount will escape under high pressure.
Is Hydrostatic-Testing regulated?
Hydrostatic testing is fully regulated by federal legislation since 1970. The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline/Hazardous Material Safety Administration, through the Pipeline Safety office , defines and administers this national regulatory program which we abide by completely.
TINOSA Inc. is a leader in safety procedures and safety equipment and whatever the extent your needs may be, our experts will certainly identify the best plan of action to suit each and every one of them. Our technicians are highly trained experts in their fields, and for this reason we have earned true satisfaction from the many customers we have served over the years.