Why You Should Schedule a Hydrostatic Test

The tanks and pipes in your business need to be checked for leaks. The pressure inside the tanks can take the tiniest crack and lengthen it into something that ruptures your system. Here are reasons that hydrostatic tests are important to your company.

How To Perform the Test

When you hire pressure testing services to conduct analysis on your tanks, they will fill them with water or oil until the reach the pressure they should be at. This level is typically well over the level the tank normally operates at. They might add color to the solution so that they can notice where the cracks are better than if the fluid was clear. If the tank is small enough to fit in a vat, it might experience the pressure from the outside. Instruments are placed inside to get the readings they need. If a leak is discovered, the tank will need to be taken offline for repairs and the test may need to be run again.

Frequency Of the Test

Many tanks will have the pressure level imprinted on it and how often they should be inspected. If that information is absent, you should plan to perform these tests on the tanks and pipes at least every two years. You should look the exterior over thoroughly at least once a year for any visible problems. The test should only be done by trained professionals because it could be dangerous and they know how to drain the tank if something goes wrong. If there is a leak, if can pierce the flesh and do damage to the person administering the test. Hoses need to be attached and locked into place carefully. If they are loose, they can detach and spray the water and oil at such a force it can severely hurt someone standing by.