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Projects | Importance of Pipe Testing

Broken Pipe


“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”— Benjamin Franklin

At BE we take every precaution to make sure that our projects offer clients effective and efficient solutions. Part of that responsibility includes checking that systems are running smoothly before finishing up a project or moving on to the next phase. Recently our engineers practiced what they preach when they encountered the major benefits of pipe testing on a building.

Recently, a pipe test was conducted on a BE project and the pipe slipped out of a T fitting due to a poor glue job on the joint. The pipe leapt into the air and broke the fitting on its way down. Luckily, this pressure test of the pipes brought the faulty glue job to attention and the contractor was able to order a new one. Had this not been discovered, the project would’ve moved forward and the client could have a busted pipe later on, causing damage to the recently completed project and costing much more to repair.

Testing is an important component of any project to ensure safety and reduce risk for all members. It is a check for the contractor to make sure the piping systems were installed and are operating correctly prior to systems completion. Some piping systems are enclosed in walls, above ceilings, within concrete slabs or even under water. Verifying their operation is important before they’re sealed away or covered up. Without providing these tests, these areas are closed and the pipe failure will damage all the completed work, cause additional costs and extend the schedule.

In the words of Kent Locke, our Engineering Principal, “Always test your pipe before closing up the walls!”