Industrial Pipework: Replacement or Repair

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What to Consider When Deciding on Industrial Pipework Repair or Replacement

For a key decision-maker in any industrial business, the judgement of whether to repair or replace metal piping is unavoidable. Industrial pipework systems are crucial components in every manufacturing facility. Whether it is a commercial or industrial processing piping system, industrial sanitation and sewage, or part of factory equipment, ensuring the optimal condition of your metal pipes should be a top priority. Nevertheless, determining whether to replace or repair your pipes is a significant decision. Here are some key points to consider:

Product Lifespan

Lifespan of the Pipework

Different types of pipes have different expected lifespans based on the metal they are made from. It is important to consider the age of your metal piping system when exploring whether to repair or replace them. For instance, in most cases, the lifespan of galvanized steel pipes is 40 to 50 years, but they have not been widely used since the 1960s.  As a consequence, any galvanized steel pipes currently installed have definitely exceeded their expected lifespan and therefore should be replaced.

Frequency of Repairs

Current Frequency of Repairs

All metal piping systems will require some form of maintenance from time to time. In most cases, you should only have to perform routine maintenance or address occasional problems. Nevertheless, if you notice that pipework requires maintenance more frequently, it indicates that your entire piping system might be coming to the end of its lifespan and should act accordingly.

Contents of pipework

The Contents of the Pipework

The longevity of pipes can be greatly influenced by various factors, including the conditions in which they are installed. Factors such as hard water, harsh chemicals, acidic soils, and other similar elements can significantly diminish the expected lifespan of metal pipes.

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It becomes obvious when the metal pipes are exposed and display signs of rust and corrosion. However, determining the condition of pipes concealed behind walls or buried underground can be more of a challenge. One clear indication of a corroding piping system is the discolouration or foul smell of the water or other liquid flowing through the pipes. If you notice brownish or rust-coloured water upon returning from a few days’ absence or if your team experience any unusual smells, it is a definite indication that the pipes may require complete replacement. Corroded pipes pose potential hazards and can result in expensive problems.


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Cost Implications of Industrial Pipework Repair or Replacement

Any pipework repair or replacement will ultimately come down to cost. Initially, it may appear that you are being economical by opting for repair services and addressing minor issues on an ad hoc basis. Nevertheless, when you contemplate a more extended period, the recurring cost of frequent repair visits, operational downtime, and additional damages caused by deteriorating pipes can prove more costly than completely replacing your entire system.

We hope this concise guide will help you make the right choice for your business. The age-old dilemma of whether to repair or replace can be troublesome, but making the correct decision can yield long-term benefits.

Are You Ready to Embark on an Industrial Pipework Repair or Replacement Project?

The FSC Mechanical Services Division excels in a plethora of industrial and commercial plumbing and heating tasks including industrial pipework services. Our proficient gas-safe registered team possesses extensive expertise in diverse applications and is prepared to address any inquiries you may have. Reach out to us, and we will support you in your upcoming project!

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