Thursday, September 3, 2020

Types of Pipeline Pigs

There are many different types of pipeline pigs out there today. While the initial models were quite basic and used to simply clear the lines, the development of technologies has allowed pipeline pigging to evolve into much more than just clean pipes.

 There are the basic utility pigs which are inserted into the pipeline to scrape and remove debris from the line such as wax.  Utility pigs also include foam pigs, solid cast pigs, mandrel pigs and spherical pigs.

Inspection pigs, also known as smart pigs or in-line inspection pigs, are used to gather information about the pipes from the inside. These pipeline pigs use two different and distinct methods, either magnetic flux leakage (MFL) and ultrasonics (UT), to gather information regarding the interior of a pipeline. The information they provide includes pipeline curvature and diameter, temperature and/or pressure, and metal loss or corrosion.

Specialty pigs, like plugs, can isolate a portion of the pipeline for any maintenance work that may need to be performed. The pig plug keeps the pipeline pressure in the check by blocking the pipeline on either side of where the work is being done.

Gel pigs used with a combination of gelled liquids, can be used alone or in conjunction with conventional pigs. There are a variety of uses for gel pigs that include, hydrotesting, dewatering and condensate removal, product separation, debris removal, as well as removing a stuck pig.

With the number of models to choose from to meet the number of different situations, don’t leave the decision of what to do or use to chance. Call experts like the ones at Professional Piping Services,  toll free at 800-780-6098 or locally in the Greater Tampa Bay area at 813-994-0032 to discuss your pipeline system.  Let them help you make the best choice for you and your business.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Jacaranda mimosifoila

Technically Jacaranda mimosifoila ,but more commonly just Jacaranda, wows us with its large vibrant lavender colored flowers and is one of the more popular Florida trees. Though it's been said that they start out looking somewhat odd as saplings and young trees, by the time they near 20 feet, their branches take on domed crown-like shape. They are one of the most distinctive and beautiful trees as their foliage and enormous bright purple flowers usher in Florida's springtime.
The Jacaranda is a large tree. It's best suited as a focal point in a medium sized yard or anywhere on a larger piece of land. It can reach 40 feet tall quickly. It thrives best with plenty of room and should bve placed in partial to full sun. Jacarandas are slow to flower when grown from seed and even take 5 to 7 years before flowering when grafted cuttings are used..  
Caring for Jacaranda trees:
  • You should stake your young tree for one year as they can be blown over in Florida's strong winds.
  • Because the Jacaranda has thin bark, lawn equipment like mowers and line-trimmers can damage it. Leave a mulch-bed or similar around it to allow space for mowing and trimming.
  • When planting the tree, you may choose to add peat moss, top soil or composted cow manure to fertilize the rootball.
  • READ MORE HERE: Mid Florida Tree Service
Whatever the tree care questions, Mid FloridaTree Service's knowledgeable staff and Certified Arborists, are ready to help.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Risky Pigging

Depending on the type of pipeline you have or the regularity in which it is cleaned will affect the risk to the operator and piping system.

Regularly scheduled pigging, whether weekly, monthly or some other time frame, is recommended for pipelines known to produce wax or sand deposits in order to keep consistent flow and to prevent potential blockage. Routine pigging operations allow the amount of buildup in the line as well as the features of the pipeline to be known, thus lowering the risk of the pigging session. 

In contrast, extended periods of time between pigging sessions tend to result in a higher rate of risk for the pipeline operator,as well as the pipe itself. This is due, mainly, to the unknown condition of the piping. Many older pipelines may never have been pigged in their lifetime because they were constructed without pig launchers or receivers. Additional risk factors arise from infrequent pigging, where a pipeline may have extensive internal buildup of various deposits or been subjected to external damage. Both of these situations will result in considerable restricted movement of the poly pig equipment. 

Don’t gamble with the potential risks. Put your piping system in the hands of professionals, like Roger M Cimbora, Sr., General Manager and his well trained associates at Professional Piping Services. Call them today at 813-994-0032 or toll free at 800-780-6098 to discuss all your pipeline pigging needs.

Wastewater reuse or water reclamation pipeline cleaning

I covered this briefly a while back but I thought it could use a little deeper treatment, so here goes:

Wastewater reuse or water reclamation, commonly known as reclaimed or recycled water comes from diverting what would be wastewater into a system where it will be ‘reused’ for non-potable needs.

Greywater Pipe System Cleaning

Reclaimed water systems generally reuse greywater. Greywater, on average, accounts for nearly 60% of all wastewater produced in homes and typically comes from bathtubs and showers, washing machines, sinks and dishwashers. The design of such plumbing systems makes this greywater available to be used or ‘recycled’ for irrigation purposes, exterior washing among many other applications. Thus, offering significant environmental and water conservation benefits.

The demand and use of reclaimed or reuse.water continues to expand in order to be compliant with changing cost effective practices and conservation demands.

As with all piping systems, your reuse water pipes can benefit from cleaning to help maintain maximum flow capacity for many reasons including;
  • Various biological growths, which are not removed by flushing, are found in the system
  • The system was installed under challenging circumstances and/or not properly cleaned prior to it being placed in service
  • Multiple grievances about plugged sprinkler heads, valves or controls and piping
Let the friendly people at Professional Piping services help you. Call them toll free at 800-780-6098 or locally in Tampa Bay area at 813-994-0032 to discuss all your pipeline needs.

The Importance of Unobstructed Flow

For companies that depend on an unobstructed flow of product, pipeline cleaning produces a level of assurance that their pipelines will continue to be free flowing. Buildup inside the piping system will slow that flow of product, and can in time plug the pipeline.  This level of obstruction can cause hazardous cracks and flaws to the pipeline.

Pipeline Pigs, or Poly Pigs, expedite the cleaning of piping systems by scraping the inner walls of the pipes and clearing or pushing out the debris as it moves along. The poly pig can also be set to inspect the line as it cleans.

Professional Piping Services offers various pipeline cleaning solutions for various types of industries, including but not limited to; refineries, food processing, chemical, and manufacturing plants, as well as making newly constructed pipelines ready prior to being commissioned.

There are general steps taken that apply to the majority of piping systems to be cleaned such as; arranging the pipes valving to segregate the leg that is being cleaned, locating and operating all lateral and/or in-line valves that will be used during the pigging session, insuring the direction of the integrity and flow of the pipeline by the launching of a line size swab, and utilizing a series of pigs in various densities and/or dimensions to obtain optimal cleaning.

Contact Professional Piping Services at 800-780-6098 to discuss the specific and unique requirements of your pipeline. Their knowledgeable and experienced team will help you with information and offer recommendations on the proper cleaning equipment and method to best meet your needs. 


Professional Piping Services 
Roger M Cimbora, Sr.
Certified Underground Utility Contractor
License Number CU-C055717

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A blog for me to talk about my clients that serve Miami, Florida

I maintain various blogs about different topics. Some of them are about a wide range of topics. Some of them have no focus whatsoever!

Here's one that is more narrowly focused:

This is my Miami Service Providers blog over on Weebly.

Miami is a huge city in Sunny South Florida with a multitude of businesses to meet the needs of the nearly 3 million people who live nearby.