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Wet Tapping and Hot Tapping are synonymous terms describing the cutting of a hole in an existing pressure main. A Tapping Sleeve and Valve are used to facilitate the cutting of the hole in the main while under pressure, providing a permanent branch connection. This can be performed on all types of pipe and under many flow and pressure conditions without interruption to the system.
Rangeline provides our Wet/Hot Tapping Services from 1/2 inch to 48 inch Tapped holes. Wet/Hot Tapping can be performed on all types of pipe materials and products. Here are some examples of the types of pipes, products and applications Wet/Hot Tapping can be used.
The Wet Tapping process allows professionals to deliver supplementary tie-ins or modifications to an existing system that is either pressurized or in service without any interruption to that system. This essentially saves the customers large amounts of money that are involved in both the shutdown of the system as well as cutting into a mechanical tee.
The experts at Rangeline cut a hole into an existing main. The size of the hole depends on the services required. Our Wet Tapping Service uses different types of pipe tapping and drilling machines in order to install new connections for additional branches. This occurs within existing pipelines that are operating under various pressures up to 500 PSI and products. The Rangeline experts complete this process without leaking any product or any interruption to the system.
The Wet Tapping process generally uses a custom-designed fitting that contains system pressure, a valve that controls the new connection(s) and a drilling machine that cuts the pipe. Rangeline can perform taps on all pipe types including Cast Iron, Ductile Iron, Steel, Copper, Transite, Asbestos Cement, Concrete (PCCP) or PVC. Additional special applications are available upon request. Ultimately, by having your wet tapping process completed by our professional team of experts, you save not only time, but also money. Rangeline prevents shutdowns, repairs valves, installs sampling ports, fire lines or sensors, insolates pressure vessels and decommissions piping. These are just some of the many services that the Rangeline experts can perform for your system.
During a typical wet tapping installation, the mounting of a tapping sleeve or saddle is performed to the systems’ main. The type used will depend on the person overseeing the system as well as the system’s requirements itself. After this mounting occurs, a permanent valve is installed and our expert team will then pressure test the system this newly installed material. This makes sure the integrity of the system is not compromised.
After the test is verified, our staff attaches our tapping machine to the valve itself. Based on the application chosen for the job, a hole or tap is made into the main, a tank or a pressurized vessel. The tapping machine used advances through both the tapping valve and sleeve. The bit cutter chosen is attached to this shaft and then makes the cut through the wall of the pipe itself. The bit pilot drill chosen helps to retains the cut pipe or coupon section when it is retracted. Ultimately, tap sizes can be from ½ inch to 48-inch holes. The piece that is removed, the coupon, is retracted from the main through the permanent valve we just installed with the same pressure required for the system. After this retraction, the valve is closed and the tapping machine disconnected.
Also known as corporation taps, wet taps usually occur within sewer or water mains. This typically occurs with commercial or residential services. The wet tap process allows for a new connection to be made without disruption to the service or flow of your product.
Difference Between Hot Tap Vs. Wet Tap
Essentially these two Rangeline services are the same and both provide additional connections to a piping system. However the difference between the two is the material from which the systems are made from. Hot taps are performed on products which are something other than water and sewage and usually on pipes like copper, brass, stainless steel, carbon or galvanized steel, just to name a few. These types of materials require a more welded application then that of a wet tap that involves materials that cannot be welded. Typically hot taps are performed in more industrial settings such as hospitals, high rise buildings, chemical plants or refineries.
What Rangeline Promises You
Rangeline’s extensive history in tapping services lends them nearly 20 years of experience in saving their customers money. We offer Wet Tapping or Hot Tapping services as well as Line Stopping and Valve Inserts processes. We at Rangeline believe in finding safe and cost-effective ways to repair or modify pipeline systems without shutting them down. We believe in saving our customers money and providing a service that is trusted for years to come. Rangeline operates and maintains the largest selection of waterworks tapping and line stopping equipment in the United States. Our services are backed by our expert team of seasoned professionals who are ready and willing to work on your project today.