If you’re a plant owner or operator, there’s nothing more concerning than the C word. C, of course, stands for corrosion.
But pipes that don’t corrode are non-existent. Okay, plastic pipes don’t corrode. But they degrade, which means they’re also not perfect.
The good news though is there’s a way to avoid pipeline failure. And it has everything to do with pipeline maintenance and protection.
What is Pipeline Maintenance?
As you can gather from its name, pipeline maintenance means maintaining the integrity of a pipeline and all of its components. This is not a do-it-once-and-forget-about-it kind of thing.
You want to be as thorough as possible with maintaining your pipes if you want to keep them safe for life. This involves careful inspection, leak detection, and making sure the inside of the pipeline is clean as can be.
How to Protect Your Pipes
Since corrosion is the number one enemy of a pipeline, it makes sense to invest in corrosion protection. As we’ve said before, there are five ways to do this.
First is regular cleaning, which usually involves pigging and chemicals. Clearing the area around the line is also part of this process. Remember that any new vegetation growth could impede the proper functioning of the pipe.
Other corrosion protection methods are cathodic protection, use of corrosion inhibitors, as well as coating and linings, and abrasive blasting.
The Cost of Not Doing Maintenance for Your Pipes
$2.2 trillion. That’s the annual global cost of corrosion according to the World Corrosion Organization. But it’s not just about money. Corroded structures including pipelines can and do cause injury and death.
Corroded water pipes, for example, don’t just cause premature failure of plumbing systems and fixtures. Anyone who ingests corrosive water is in danger of exposure to heavy metals such as lead.
As you may already know, long-term exposure to lead has been linked to diseases including cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, seizures, and behavioral disorders (in children).
As for corroded oil and gas pipelines, there are other dangers to consider aside from hazardous materials leaking into the environment. Oil and gas are flammable, which means these lines are very much susceptible to explosions when exposed to heat or flame.
Plus, there’s the fact that replacing aging pipelines isn’t always practical. According to the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), oil and gas companies spend more than $7 billion annually to repair or replace corroded pipes. That’s a considerable amount compared to investing in fast, easy, and cost-effective pipe corrosion protection.
Prioritize Pipeline Maintenance and Protection
Now that you know the importance of maintaining and protecting the integrity of your pipes, it’s time to think about your options.
If you’re considering the most cost-effective solution, you can’t go wrong with DynaGard pipe saddles. Our products are designed to quickly eliminate the risk of pipe corrosion through prevention of moisture penetration and metal on metal contact.
Plus, they’re easy to install. If you have any questions about DynaGard products, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We would be more than glad to answer any concerns you may have.