Signs Your Natural Gas Pipeline Is Corroded

October 19, 2020

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Pipelines are essential to the current method of energy production systems used. Pipeline delivery systems must be properly maintained and closely monitored to ensure they’re functioning properly. One of the greatest risks to pipeline integrity is corrosion, which can be detrimental to a pipeline. Discover the main signs your natural gas pipeline is corroded.

Parts of It Are Built Into Soil With Low Soil Resistivity

One of the leading causes of corrosion on a natural gas pipeline is low soil resistivity in the soil the pipeline is built into. Many pipelines are partially built into soil at certain parts. When the soil is moist or has a low resistivity to corrosion, it can become a corrosive substance. This then causes the pipeline to be broken down and exposed to corrosion. The ideal way to prevent this is by not building a pipeline into soil with low resistivity. In cases where relocation isn’t a feasible option, corrosion prevention methods need to be taken to help slow the process and prevent further damage. Consider testing your soil and closely monitoring your pipeline in concerning areas to identify corrosion due to corrosive soil.

There Are Leaks

Immediate action must be taken when there is any leak in your pipeline. Leaks are dangerous to the local environment and areas surrounding the pipeline. Corrosion can cause leaks when it is extreme. It eats away at the metal, causing holes to form. When a pipeline has a leak and the cause is corrosion, there are typically some visible signs such as rust, cracking, deteriorating, and no signs of external stress.

There Are Not Adequate Corrosion Prevention Methods

The sign your pipeline is corroded is if there are no effective corrosion prevention methods employed. Pipelines are bound to be exposed to corrosive materials and elements. Pipelines need to be protected from corrosion. Consider using sacrificial coatings and cathodic protection to ensure your pipeline is safe from the dangers and harmful properties of corrosion. These methods should be completed by experienced professionals.

There are many signs your natural gas pipeline is corroded. The most effective method of identifying corrosion on your pipeline is through a pipeline cathodic protection survey. At Dreiym Engineering, we employ experts to help identify corrosion, develop a plan to address it, and prevent it from occurring in the future. Contact us today to discover the best options for your pipeline.

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