Industrial Pipe Freeze Plug Services
IFT provides freeze plug services on all industrial pipeline systems to locate small leaks nationwide. We specialize in natural gas, crude oil and petroleum high-pressure pipeline systems. All pipelines are prepped by using a pipe inspection gauge or 'pig' to perform various maintenance operations on a pipeline system also known as 'pigging.' Water is then added to replace the fluid to help in the freezing and leak locating process. This is a plugging process IFT specializes in nationwide.
Jeff Maichel, President of IFT, says "chasing a minute leak, that is only losing 1/10 of a pound every 20 minutes is a task our pipe freeze plug specialists are qualified to do here at IFT. We will work tirelessly day and night till the leak is located using our very own liquid nitrogen trucks to help expedite finding leaks.”
In the slide show below IFT narrowed down a leak on a 12 mile stretch of crude oil to 600' of pipe. 300 feet of pipe was exposed and the leak was promptly located and repaired. A job well done using IFT's services.
In the picture above:The pipeline apparently had a pinhole leak somewhere in a 20-mile stretch. To find the leak, IFT was called to perform FreezePlugs to determine the location of this leak. Kind of like finding a needle in a haystack when the pipe is buried.
The line was filled with water and pressurized to 2100 psi. The FreezePlug was installed at the 10-mile mark. After the FreezePlug was established a noticeable drop in pressure was observed which told us which way to freeze next. The FreezePlug was thawed and IFT moved downstream and froze another location telling which direction the leak was.
After a number of Freeze Plugs, it was determined that the pinhole leak was in a 300’ stretch so the pipe was stripped of dirt exposing the leak.
Tracer Gas Testing can locate even the smallest leak. Small leaks can result in explosions, fires, and toxic release. Since 1986 The oilfield, manufacturing, and energy producers have used IFT to resolve leaks and solve pipeline Problems. LeakDog® of IFT was formed to provide technical Tracer Gas Testing and software to locate pinpoint leaks in a variety of hydrocarbon and chemical systems.
Need a pipe freeze? Feel free to call our closest location
Los Angeles, CA: Corp. 800-221-3332
San Jose, CA: 800-545-1185
Nashville, TN: 615-507-4884
Mustang, OK: 281-546-7681
Houston, TX: 800-221-3332
Temecula, CA: 951-926-4849
Pipe freeze plugs can be performed on a variety of pipes, including:
Pipe freeze plugs can be performed in most locations, including:
|1/2" to 36" (13mm to 914.4mm) OD||Malls & Shopping Centers|
|CoCast & Ductile Ironated & Lined Pipe||Fossil Fuel Power Plants|
|Vertical, Horizontal, Inclined||Nuclear Power Plants|
|Out of Round Carbon Steel||Hotels & Apartment Complexes|
|Stainless Steel||Paper Mills|
|Titanium||Hospital & Institutions|
|Aluminum||Industrial & Commercial Production Facilities|
|Copper||Water & Sewage Treatment|
|Cast Iron||Fire Protection Systems|
|Internally / Externally Coated||Chemical & Petrochemical Plants|
|Cement Lined / CMLC||Commercial Buildings|
|Ships / Cargo|
|Isolation for Hydrostatic Testing|
|Isolation for repairs or modification|