Anyone operating a pipeline will likely know that keeping it clean and fully functional can sometimes be a hassle. The longer and the more complex your pipeline, the harder it is to look deeply into how it operates. After all, you can never expect to take parts of your pipes away to check how it’s running! This will simply slow your business down to a staggering stop. Therefore, pig cleaning is one of the most popular pipeline maintenance standards available in the UK – and worldwide – right now.

But what exactly is pig cleaning? Why should you consider looking into cleaning with pipeline pigs regularly? How will it benefit your business and your customers in the years to come? Here at Pigtek, we are always pleased to offer an incredible insight into how to safely maintain and prepare your pipes for the years and decades to come. Let’s take a closer look at how pigs can help to keep your pipes clean and clear with the future in mind.

 

Pipeline Cleaning with Pigs: The Basics

Some people may worry that pipeline pigging in any shape or form is going to be a complex process. This really isn’t the case! At Pigtek, we design, build, and deploy pigs for a variety of purposes. One of the most common reasons for pigging across the UK is, of course, pipeline cleaning. But how does it actually work?

Pigs used for pipeline cleaning arrive with brushes and tools which can fit on the outer rims of pigs, which will work hard to scrape out and flush away any nuisance dirt or debris built up along the way. Beyond this, you may even wish to use a magnetic cleaning pig – which will work harder and go deeper to get rid of some of the worst ferrous deposits you have lingering in the pipes.
Magnetic cleaning pigs are easy to deploy and will work to collect and remove bits and pieces of metal debris which may be left over from work or from erosion over the years. A fantastic magnetic pig will also be easy to track from the outside, meaning that you can always see and track where it is going, and where it has been.

Crucially, the technology involved in pig cleaning isn’t complex. While we work hard to produce bespoke cleaning systems and pigging options for all our clients, the process is remarkably simple to set up and run with.

 

What are the Benefits of Pig Cleaning?

Typical Brush Cleaning Pig design for pipeline diameters 14in and 16inFor one thing, regular pig cleaning will help to make sure that your pipes are clear and fresh for you to use throughout your business operation. This means that you can continue to deliver water, oil and petrol which is neither contaminated nor at risk of causing major problems for your customers.

What’s more, a cleaning pig or two will make sure that the deeper, more intricate areas of your pipes are taken care of quickly and without the need for you to muddle around with taking parts of your pipes apart. Deploying a pig is quick and easy, and what’s more, a cleaning system is built specifically for your piping size and shape. This means there’s no more hassle in maintaining your pipes as they should be.

Beyond this, cleaning your pipes with pigs is a cost-effective and streamlined process. This means that you will never have to worry about wasting time or money getting your pipes ready for the daily delivery of product.

 

Why Clean Out Your Pipelines?

We shouldn’t need to spell this out to you, but a clean and clear pipeline is one which is efficient and safe to use. Beyond this, a pipeline that clears out regularly is likely to continue to appeal to your customers. It’s no longer awkward for you to clean out your pipes, and for this reason, there are no excuses as to why you should get everything shipshape from delivery to delivery. Why should you let your business, and your customers, suffer?

If you’re new to the idea of pig cleaning or pipeline pigging in general, there’s no need to worry or panic. Pigtek is a leading name in pipeline inspection and cleaning. Need help getting your pipes clear and clean for the months to come? Make sure to get in touch with our team on +44 (0) 1246 850220 for a free consultation, and to look at some of the leading options available. Why let your pipes go to waste?