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What causes fiberglass pipes to leak in the winter?

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

INDUSTRIAL FIBERGLASS PIPING REPAIR

PlasTech Services Inc recently received a phone call from a process improvement manager at a food manufacturing plant whose fiberglass pipes were "blooming." In preparation for the winter, he wanted to perform preventative maintenance on his facility's 15-year-old FRP pipes to prevent leaking or cracking.


Problem: He didn't have a fiberglass piping repair company to fix his FRP blooming. After speaking with one of our project managers, he realized that we not only can repair the fiberglass piping blooming, but we can also identify and repair any other additional issues on the FRP pipe. He responded, "I like the idea of you [PlasTech] doing the work because you can identify and repair any issues instead of just covering them up."


Industrial fiberglass pipe is a popular choice for many industrial applications due to its durability and resistance to corrosion. However, in cold weather, industrial fiberglass pipes can be prone to leaking. This is because the cold temperatures can cause the pipe to contract, creating gaps in the joints and seals that can allow water to escape.


QUESTION: What causes fiberglass pipes to leak in the winter?


INSTALLATION

The most common cause of industrial fiberglass pipe leaks in the winter is improper installation. If the pipe is not installed correctly, it can create gaps in the joints and seals that can allow water to escape. Additionally, if the pipe is not properly insulated, the cold temperatures can cause the pipe to contract, creating further gaps in the joints and seals.


WEATHER

Another common cause of industrial fiberglass pipe leaks in the winter is damage to the pipe. If the pipe is damaged, it can create gaps in the joints and seals that can allow water to escape. Additionally, if the pipe is exposed to extreme temperatures, it can become brittle and crack, creating further gaps in the joints and seals.


One of the most common causes of industrial fiberglass pipe leaks in the winter is thermal expansion. As temperatures drop, the pipe contracts, creating gaps in the joints and seals. This can allow water to seep through and cause a leak. To prevent this, businesses should ensure that the pipe is properly insulated and that the joints are sealed with a high-quality sealant.


Freezing temperatures can also cause fiberglass piping issues.. When temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside the pipe can freeze and expand, causing the pipe to crack or burst. To prevent this, businesses should ensure that the pipe is properly insulated and that the water is drained from the pipe before temperatures drop below freezing.


MAINTENANCE

Finally, if the pipe is not properly maintained, it can become clogged with debris or sediment, creating gaps in the joints and seals that allow water to escape. Additionally, if the pipe is not regularly inspected for signs of wear and tear, it can become damaged over time, creating further gaps in the joints and seals.


CORROSION

An additional cause of industrial fiberglass pipe leaks in the winter is corrosion. Corrosion can occur when the pipe is exposed to moisture, salt, or other corrosive substances. To prevent this, businesses should ensure that the pipe is sealed correctly and that any exposed areas are coated with a corrosion-resistant coating.



CONCLUSION

To prevent industrial fiberglass pipes from leaking in the winter, it is important to ensure that the pipe is installed correctly, insulated, and maintained. Additionally, it is important to regularly inspect the pipe for signs of wear and tear and to repair any damage as soon as possible. By taking these steps, you can help ensure that your industrial fiberglass pipe remains leak-free in the winter.


NEED HELP?

As a professional industrial service company, we are specialists in fiberglass pipe repair and fiberglass tank repair. Call us at 1-410-737-4700 or request a site visit and quote at www.plastechservices.com/quote

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