What Does Pig Pipeline Cleaning Involve?
Cleaning and clearing any kind of pipeline, no matter the length and no matter the complexity, is always going to be tricky. The fact is, you’re simply not going to be able to inspect every single portion of your pipework from the outside. That’s why it makes sense to deploy a cleaning system – a pig, for example – to make sure that any nuisance dirt, debris, and sludge are all taken care of for you. There’s simply no need to keep your eyes on the pipes, as you can literally send a pig scaling down the pipe to make sure product can flow as efficiently and as cleanly as possible. But what exactly does pig pipeline cleaning involve?
Four Stages of Pig Pipeline Cleaning Action
Pig pipeline cleaning is a process that can be fairly intricate. After all, the team at Pigtek always makes sure to design and deploy pipeline pigs which are built specifically for your own individual means. This can take a lot of intricate detail and an incredible eye!
However, there’s more to it than just design and build. Even when it comes to the deployment of pigs down pipelines, we make sure to follow a stringent process. We generally split our process into four stages, covering everything from the initial consultation through to measurements and deployment.
Let’s take a look at what each of these stages entail.
Proving Your Pipeline
Pipeline proving is crucial. Without this stage in proceedings, you’d risk sending a pig down the line which simply doesn’t fit! This is where we make sure that the pig we intend to use is going to be the right fit and type for your specific pipe network.
Therefore, when it does come to the active cleaning of a pipeline, it’s essential that you have the best possible choice. At this stage, we will have examined your case closely, and will have considered your answers to our initial pigging questionnaire. It’s here where you will be able to tell us exactly what you need from a thorough pipeline clean, and we will get to work on designing the best fit.
Gauging Your Pipeline
Gauging falls under the same heading as above, in a way – in that it’s here where we dig a little deeper and consider if there are any restrictions or sizing issues which are going to hold the process back. This is where we make any additional considerations known – for example, if your pipeline needs extensive cleaning, or requires a particular type of fit, this is where we will work with you to find out whether or not you require specialist care.
Initial Cleaning of Your Pipeline
Once we have clear detail on what to expect from your pipeline, it is then time to start the cleaning process. Keep in mind, however, that this is a process which may still require adjustments and amendments along the way. This stage of the pipeline cleaning process, as it stands, will allow us to remove any looser debris or liquid which may be causing problems further down the line.
Advanced and Additional Pipeline Cleaning
At this point in the pig pipeline cleaning process, we consider what else you may need from your specialist pig to be able to get rid of tougher dirt and debris clogging up your lines. This means we may need to consider attaching additional tools and pieces to your pig, such as those which will help us to remove ferrous debris as a result of rust flaking away from the inside.
We also fit specialist tools to help remove potentially harmful dust and wax. Hard wax, in particular, has a nasty habit of building up on the inside of pipes, and this is never easy to spot unless you are actively deploying pigs!
Make a point of deep cleaning your pipelines with pigs, and we will scale down and remove anything deep and nasty that’s spoiling the flow of your product.
Setting Up Pig Pipeline Cleaning
If you want to keep product flowing through your pipes efficiently, you’re going to need to make sure they are clean and clear. Otherwise, you may find that you end up with more problems than a little, further down the line!
Make a point of setting up pig pipeline cleaning with Pigtek as soon as you can. We are always happy to run deep cleans and regular programmes, too, so that you can continue to run your pipeline – and your business – to go above and beyond your end users’ expectations.